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Nappy Waste Disposal

When deciding to start a family, it's inevitable for parents to contemplate the long term environmental impact of diapering their children. One baby could use 4,000 to 6,000 disposable nappies during their infant years.

Plastic nappies use a lot of non-renewable resources, for example it takes over 1,500 litres of crude oil to make enough nappies to diaper a child until 2.5 years. They're not recyclable or compostable and are thrown away with household waste, ending up in landfill or incinerated. 

The environmental impact of plastic nappies can be reduced by changing the materials they're made from and disposing of them thoughtfully. These changes are currently in the hands of the manufacturers and the waste disposal system of each LGA rather than the families.

Tackle Lab are currently investigating and seeking solutions to tackle this environmental issue. 

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Solar Panel E-waste

Solar panels have become a commodity item. When newer technology becomes available, consumers are treating them similar to mobile phones and cars by upgrading them prematurely. It's estimated that more than 100,000 tonnes of solar panels will enter Australia’s waste stream by 2035.

 

This has the potential to be an environmental hazard and health safety problem. The waste of solar panel systems could cause contamination to soil and groundwater. However, collecting and keeping these materials from landfill will protect the environment and allow for valuable resources to be reused.

Tackle Lab are currently in the early research stage of understanding the impact of solar panel e-waste.

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Reducing Food Waste

Food left to rot in landfill produces methane and creates eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste was a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind the USA and China. 

When we waste food, we also waste the natural resources that go into making it, like land, water and energy.​ Currently 25% of the water used in agriculture is used to grow food that ends up wasted – tossing one burger in the bin wastes the same amount of water as having a 90 minute shower.

Tackle Lab are thoughtfully working towards a plan to find solutions to food waste.

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Circular Plastic Solutions

It's now time to reframe the way we think about plastic and value the plastic we use in our life. From how we design plastic products, to how we use and reuse plastics. We cannot simply recycle or reduce our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. If we don’t act now, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans. 

Tackle Lab are looking at new plastic technologies and how plastic can be used within a circular economy system.

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