Tuna Threat

Extreme Green, Environmental Cleaning ProductsThe oceans were once thought of as vast and endless repositories of fish and food for human consumption. The bounty was plentiful and there for the taking, and mankind perceived the right and capacity to source all manner of seafood from the ocean’s currents and seas. But as conservation and green living has become a reality, so too has the realisation that our oceans are not an endless and unlimited source of food for us. They are finite reserves, carefully and sometimes precariously balanced, requiring forethought, management and even restrictions to ensure ongoing survival and viability.

Tuna is one such fish now considered under threat. Five out of eight of the world’s species of tuna are urgently in need of protection. Extinction is a real possibility and Australia’s Southern Bluefin Tuna is one of those most endangered.[1] The statistics are delivered in the Red List of Threatened Species which was produced by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

These IUCN Red List assessments and statistics were developed in consultation with many international scientists from Fisheries Management Organisations, international conservation organisations and also government agencies, universities, independent fisheries research institutions and other bodies.

On the 11th July 2011, the IUCN released its findings with the following being placed in the Near Threatened IUCN or Threatened Categories:

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
  • Bigeye Tuna
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Albacore

Many of these species have exceedingly high economic value and the information may assist governments to develop appropriate fisheries management strategies to monitor and safeguard against their extinction.

Dr. Bruce Collette who is the current Chair of the IUCN Species survival commission’s (SSC) Tuna and Billfish Specialist Group has said that “this is the first time that fishery scientists and ichthyologists and conservationists have come together to jointly produce an assessment of the threats facing a commercially important group of fishes.”[2]

Australia’s Southern Bluefin

Dr Kent Carpenter from the IUCN’s Marine Biodiversity Unit has stated that “all 3 of the Southern Bluefin Tuna species are susceptible to collapse under continued excessive fishing pressure.”  He has also made it very clear the Australian Southern Bluefin has already crashed in numbers, with very little hope or possibility of it recovering. The IUCN maintains these species must be managed appropriately and that a shutdown or wind down of the fisheries stocks until a point in time when they are rebuilt somewhat, would be the best strategy in the immediate term.

Even if legal fishing of the tuna was suspended for a period of time, the problem of escalated illegal fishing of these species would be another concern that would require overseeing. Management of the problem needs to encompass both legal and illegal fishing of the threatened tuna species.

Envirosafe Solutions has long supported a healthy and responsible attitude to our oceans and waterways, and that is why its products are phosphate reduced and have a low impact on water quality. Call Envirosafe Solutions and talk to a sales representative about economically viable and environmentally sustainable cleaning and liquid products that will not hurt our precious oceans and marine life. Envirosafe Solutions 1300 889070.

[1] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/tuna-species-under-threat/story-e6frg6so-1226090508368

[2] http://www.iucnredlist.org/current-news

Triabunna Mill sale goes ahead

Eco Friendly, Eco Friendly Liquid Products, Extreme GreenThe Triabunna Pulp Mill sale has gone ahead. But not to the Aprin Company, as was expected! The mill, situated on Tasmania’s east coast, has been a stalwart of the Gunns timber company for many years. It has been purchased by the new wave of green business people currently making their presence felt on the Australian corporate scene.

Gunns Limited is possibly the largest and one of the oldest Australian timber companies with a $600 million turnover and over 900 sq km of eucalypt plantations. According to Wikipedia, it is also Tasmania’s largest landowner and by far “the largest export woodchip operation in The Southern Hemisphere.”[1] It has had a difficult profile over recent years because of its destruction of old growth forests in Tasmania. Environmentalists have attacked and criticised the company for its continued native forest wood chipping enterprises which have decimated areas of Tasmanian old growth forest.

Triabunna Sale

The Triabunna mill sale is an exciting prospect for environmentalists, who view the purchase as a symbolic and necessary shift in the battle between the timber industry and green groups in the apple state. The new owners have declared the mill will continue to operate for the short to medium term, (the next few years) to ensure job and town security. But the long term plans are already causing a stir as there will be a transition and conversion of the site into an eco resort. One of the new owners stated “we don’t want to see people thrown out of work but we also probably see more clearly the need for a restructuring in the forest industries generally and for people to open their minds about new ways of making a living in that part of Tasmania.[2]

The Australian newspaper also reported that “with new ownership of the mill comes immense power: its closure would, according to the state government and the industry, bring logging of native forests in southern Tasmania to a standstill.”[3]

The Buyers

The two buyers who comprise the main duo of the consortium are Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood. Cameron, originally a New Zealander is one of Australia’s wealthiest women, and made her money with the Kathmandu chain of clothing and camping supplies. She lives a reclusive life in Tasmania and in the past 4 years has donated approximately $30 million to charity. She is a committed and humble philanthropist and environmentalist – down to earth and considerably low-key, who tends her free range chickens daily. Graeme Wood is the owner of the online tourist accommodation “wotif” site and is also a committed environmentalist who donated over $1 million to the Greens before the last federal election.

Gunns had initially been negotiating with the logging company Aprin, in a deal which would have secured the timber industry in Tasmania for many years to come. Aprin owners Ron and Brendon O’Connor – a father and son team who see Tasmania’s future linked with ongoing logging and timber production, have been bitterly disappointed by the sale to Cameron and Wood, and believe the sale to the green entrepreneurs will also spell the death of the Tasmanian Forest Peace Plan that is currently underway.

Envirosafe Solutions director Murray Simon has stated the Triabunna Mill sale is an exciting step in the right direction for green business and industry in Australia. “When business leaders such as Cameron and Wood move forward with sustainable ideas and practices that can also ensure job security for a region, the future looks bright,” he said. He also added the move gave smaller and less robust companies a sense that sustainability and new modes of doing business are a viable economic reality that can be embraced.

Envirosafe Solutions believes new direction and economically sustainable approach to business can also be profitable and productive. The Extreme Green range of eco-friendly products are developed with the environment in mind. Call the team now to purchase, on 1300 889070.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunns

[2] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/logging-off-mill-deal-saves-native-forests/story-fn59niix-1226094217303

[3] Ibid

The Heating Earth

Solvent-Free Degreaser, Sanitiser, Mould RidGround Zero on Global Warming1

Global warming is the continuous rise in the average sea, surface and atmospheric temperatures around the Earth. This increase in average temperatures began in the last 50 years and coincided with the industrial revolution and increasing consumption of fossil fuel by people on Earth. Our use of CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) in aerosol sprays, refrigerators etc. further exasperated the problem by blowing a hole in the protective ozone layer allowing harmful radiation to penetrate all the way to the Earth.2 While it may at times seem like a script for a Sci-fi movie, the situation is a stark reality facing humanity in 2011.

Valuable Time Lost in Proving Humans were Responsible for Global Warming

Any child will confirm that if we sit in a car with doors and windows closed and one of us starts smoking, then the interior is going to get pretty uncomfortable very soon.

When scientists first presented the data and proof that the Earth was heating up, governments around the world scrambled to debunk the suggestion that industries and our appetite for consumption was somehow fuelling global warming3. In fact this state of denial derailed the Word’s first convention on global warming and the scientists lost valuable time in proving that global warming is not a myth or imagination by half crazed scientists crying wolf because the temperature on their thermometers jumped a notch higher.

Instead of asking the scientists to begin planning a strategy on how to turn off or reduce the heat that was causing global warming, the governments asked the scientists to prove that humans were responsible for global warming. By the time scientists proved their theory, and a new convention on global warming was agreed to, a few more years of valuable time was lost4 and the average global temperatures went a notch higher. Governments waited but global warming did not5.

While we waxed on eloquently about how to tackle global warming, the magnificent glaciers began to melt and sea levels rose slightly but high enough to permanently inundate certain low lying regions in the world6. For the first time there was tangible loss – people lost homes and property to global warming and yet, our penchant for procrastination did not stop.

Too little too late

The next convention on global warming set targets for the reduction of green house gases and stipulated the setting up of a global fund for research on alternate fuels. This effort was doomed to fail because the developing countries had just begun their industrial revolution and the developed countries were asking them to stop without offering any viable alternative that would secure and fuel growth in the developing countries without the accompanying pollution and its effects on global warming7. Of course there is also the fact that there wasn’t and still isn’t a real cost-effective viable alternative to fossil fuels8.

Meanwhile the Earth is slowly and inexorably moving towards a future in which humans and animals will not be able to step into the open without an air conditioner strapped on to their back. Will plant life still be there? Will the Earth even look the same? While we might not be able to reverse global warming – at least not yet, we might at least stop it from spiralling out of control by adopting a pro-Earth lifestyle and the time to do it is now, today. Tomorrow or 2012 might just be too late.

Envirosafe Solutions has developed a range of quality Extreme Green products that fit in with the pro-Earth lifestyle of this new era. For more information on these exceptional products, telephone Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 889070


1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

2. http://www.centerforsustainability.org/resources.php?category=50&root=

3.  http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/imgversn/154/lieberman.html

4.  http://www.fao.org/kids/en/gw-un.html

5.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumental_temperature_record

6.  http://www.climate.org/topics/sea-level/index.html

7. http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2009/12/copenhagen_clash_between_devel.html

8. http://www.livescience.com/5114-true-costs-renewable-energy.html

New Green Techniques in Agriculture

Today, Envirosafe Solutions looks at some of the new techniques in green agriculture that are being developed and adopted in Australia.

Solvent-Free Degreaser, Sanitiser, Mould RidWhenever we refer to agriculture, we always think about large scale harvesters, massive use of fertilizers, large scale irrigation, aerial crop dusting, etc. Well, all that has changed with the introduction of Regenerative Agriculture in New South Wales, Australia. 1 This new approach to agriculture is gaining significant momentum and is now considered a hallmark of green agricultural practices amongst those “in the know” when it comes to developing sustainable agriculture techniques.

Regenerative Agriculture

These days it is fashionable to talk about the need for new techniques in agriculture and how there is need for agriculture to be pro-earth and not against the natural ecosystems. 2 We hear how new techniques in agriculture should maintain and even improve the soil structure, enhance biodiversity, maintain water resources, maintain the levels of soil organic matter, etc. Regenerative agriculture, the latest of new techniques in agriculture does all that and more.

Until recently scientists and farmers took these set of requirements to be a pipe dream until, a few innovative and observant farmers from the Central West of New South Wales decided to study how Mother Nature managed its affairs and mimic it to whatever extent possible.

The Theory on Regenerative Agriculture

After studying how nature managed green cover, a handful of Aussie farmers came up with new techniques in agriculture which they called ‘pasture cropping’.3 Principal amongst these were two farmers Colin Seis and Darryl Cluff. These new techniques in agriculture were christened Cluff and Seis pasture cropping technique. The farmers observed that the native Australian grasses (C4) grew only in warm season whereas the Australian winter cereals (C3) grew only in the winter season. Further, they calculated that if they seeded the pasture land with winter cereals (C3) it would be ready for harvesting by summer and the same land could then grow the native grass which is eaten by the cattle. So they hypothesised that they could do cattle farming as well as agricultural farming on the same land. This is something that was never done before. Effectively, new techniques in agriculture were being created.

Problems associated with standard agricultural practices4

Normally, preparation of land for agriculture involved the removal of all existing vegetation from the land to be cultivated. This resulted in barren land both before and after cultivation. Barren land resulted in soil erosion and also between seasons the land would be taken over by unpalatable grasses or weeds resulting in rapid nutrient decline. Fertilisers only provided temporary relief. In the long term the soil always degraded.

The Birriwa-Gulgong district in Central West of New South Wales receives an average of around 600 mm of annual rainfall. 5 Those who remember it, in 1995 there was an 18-month drought. During this period Darryl Cluff seeded oat crop in an area normally covered with native red grass. Tests indicated that the subsoil moisture level was zero. Conventional logic indicated that the oat crop would not survive but not only did it survive, it flourished and new techniques in agriculture locally called the ‘Cluff and Seis pasture cropping technique’ were born.6 The winter season saw crops being planted and the summer season was for native Australian grass which was used to feed the cattle. Soil testing indicated that the soil did not degrade and also the biodiversity was maintained.

Envirosafe Solutions supports developments and adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. And the Envirosafe Solutions Extreme Green range also fits in with this approach. With a lower environmental impact and a greater respect for the Australian ecosystem, these products can make a considerable difference to your carbon footprint. For more information please call Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 889070.


1.  Regenerative agriculture explained: http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/0802/regenerative.shtml

2.  Pro-Earth agriculture: http://www.sdc.admin.ch/en/Home/Themes/Water/Water_for_food

3.  Pasture cropping explained: http://www.winona.net.au/farming.html

4.  Problems associated with standard agricultural practices: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_farming

5.  Gulgong, New South Wales: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulgong,_New_South_Wales

6.  Upcoming courses on pasture cropping: http://regenag.com/web/upcoming-courses.html

Land Clearing

Soil Wetta, Dust Suppressor, Insect & Tar RemoverOnce upon a time it was possible. Once upon a time, a landowner – whether a small suburban household owner, or a larger scale landowner on rural acreage – had the right to more or less do as he/she pleased on owned land. But the issue of lad clearing in the global warming era is no longer that simple. As governments, corporations and the international community become more aware of global warming and the need for trees to capture and store carbon, so too does the need to police and oversee what we actually carry out on our land.

The Queensland Department of Environmental Management currently states that “the clearing of native vegetation is regulated by the Vegetation Management Act 199. This Act sets down the rules and regulations that guide what clearing can be done, and how it must be done to meet the requirements of the law.”[1] Various vegetation guidelines and clearing guidelines exist and landholders are also required to apply for permits in many instances to safeguard against illegal clearing and stripping of the land.

Stiff Penalties

The area of Longreach in Queensland has been the site of a recent legal battle over land clearing. This case has impacted notions of individual property rights and ownership and has called into question what it actually means to “own” land in the current environmental climate.

Between 2004-2008 landowning couple Walter and Annette Cooper systematically cleared approximately 431 hectares of vegetation from their land at their property at Tanamera, west of Longreach. They did so without a permit. Some sources have stated “the couple were using the cleared vegetation to feed stock during the drought.”[2] They were recently fined $50,000 and were also ordered to “pay more than $28,000 in costs to the Department of Environment and Resource Management.”[3] This brings the total fine amount to close to $80,000.

Rachel Nolan, Qld Minister for Natural Resources has said that “the Qld Government introduced tough new vegetation management laws to protect endangered wildlife and ensure important vegetation is protected.” She also maintains that “the scientists assessing the areas found the clearing could impact on flora including landscape fragmentation, loss of habitat and possibly lead to the introduction and spread of exotic plant and animal species.”[4]

The clearing was not reported at the time and the landowners did not follow the legal chain of command required in Queensland for land clearing. They did not apply for permits or contact the Department of Environment and Resource Management. Rather, the cleared land was discovered through a routine assessment of satellite imagery by the Queensland Governments Statewide Landcover and Trees Study.

Independent Federal MP Bob Katter has gone on record to state the fine amount is excessive and ludicrous.

Given the current global environmental crisis, Envirosafe Solutions understands and supports the need for tighter government regulation regarding deforestation and land clearing. Envirosafe Solutions is at the forefront of driving industry and business change regarding green procedures and processes.

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[1] http://www.derm.qld.giv.au/vegetation/clearing/index.html

[2] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-04/couple-cop-50k-land-clearing-fine/2823890

[3] Ibid

[4] http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/mms/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=75936

Green wine!

Envirosafe Solutions keeps a careful eye out for those businesses and organisations and concerns that are forging new environmentally friendly practices in production, development and business modelling. Today, the focus is on one very forward thinking winery that is making a real mark on the Australian wine market and wine industry.

Eco Friendly, Eco Friendly Liquid Products, Extreme GreenThere’s nothing like a glass of good red with a meal.

But green wine?

Well…it’s not really green, but it is organic and environmentally sound. One winery is producing quality wine the eco-friendly way, and proving that quality production, an organic approach, and great wine can and do go together.

Tamburlaine Winery is Australia’s largest producer of organic wines and is situated in the Pokolbin district of the Hunter Valley in NSW as well as Orange on the Central Tablelands of NSW. James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading wine authorities, has bestowed it with a five star rating, indicating that quality and environmentally sound practices are now established hallmarks of great wine production.[1]

The Organic Approach

The organic approach to wine making means that the wine is produced without any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or artificial fertilisers. Sulphur dioxide is used carefully in the process, and traditionally used wine additives “which are residual in the end product” are excluded.[2]

This approach has benefits across the board and Tamburlaine Wines lists a number of key advantages to organic farming methods for grape vine growing.

  • It leads to sustainability by optimising humus in the soil
  • The vines are supported and sustained by the natural fertility of the soil as opposed to synthetic fertilising products
  • Significantly minimises need for irrigation as increased humus leads to increased water retention
  • Eliminates harmful effects of farm chemicals on surrounding areas
  • Eliminates possible wine toxins for the consumer
  • Promotes and maintains healthy vineyard ecosystem.[3]

A Formal Environmental Management System

The Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities states that an EMS “is a tool for managing the impacts of an organisation’s activities on the environment. It provides a structured approach to planning and implementing environmental protection measures.”[4]

Tamburlaine Winery developed and implemented a formal EMS in 2003, and this is now the underpinning foundation of their business system and their decision-making. It includes such practices as

  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Water management strategies
  • Solid waste management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental purchasing

Envirosafe Solutions supports the kinds of approach put forward by businesses and concerns such as Tamburlaine Winery. It strongly supports and promotes the need for environmental purchasing and believes smart business sources and utilises materials and products that are less damaging to the environment. Envirosafe Solutions believes a greener alternative can always be adopted, even in areas where there is an historical reliance on high toxicity products and materials. Products such as biodegradable cleaning liquids which are healthier for soil and land and water, and safer alternatives for harsher products are available from Envirosafe Solutions.

The Extreme Green team at Envirosafe Solutions may be able provide you with safer alternatives to the products you are currently using.

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[1] http://www.tamburlaine.com.au/public/aboutus.html

[2] http://www.tamburlaine.com.au/public/what-organic.html

[3] http://www.tamburlaine.com.au/public/what-organic.html

[4] http://www.environment.gov.au/land/management/ems/index.html

A Bit About Bats

Every so often Envirosafe Solutions likes to take a look at the fauna of the world and how our animal friends are impacted by climate change and a denuding earth. Today, we focus on the beautiful and often much maligned bat.

Eco Friendly, Eco Friendly Liquid Products, Extreme GreenHow many of us think about bats when we think of “conservation”? Say the word “conservation” and our kids will rattle out the names of large exotic and magnificent animals such as the Tiger, Lion, Hypo, Panther, and so on.

In our often blinkered approach to supporting conservation it is often the smaller animals that are denied our love and support. Visit any fund raising event for animal habitat conservation and you will notice the absence of bats, dragon flies, owls and even butterflies in the glossy and otherwise informative leaflets. The fruit bats (Pteropus bats) are one such mammal that has been left out of most conservation projects. 1 These cute little birdlike mammals fly in the night, have their fill and return to their roosting spots before day break. They usually stay away from humans (not surprising considering the racket we tend to make). Unfortunately, this aloofness keeps them out of our sight, out of our mind and might I add, out of most conservation projects.

Luxury and conservation don’t mix. Our hunger for wood and rate of consumption has fuelled deforestation at an alarming rate especially in the rain forest regions of Amazon and the Pacific region. 2 Today we no longer see men chopping down trees using a pickaxe or a saw. The process of cutting down trees is so mechanized and speeded up that a visit to a tree cutting site would fill us with dread and a sense of the disaster that we are helping create.3 Forests with their fruit bearing trees are the prime source of food for fruit bats. When trees are chopped down there is nothing left to bind and hold the soil together. Movement of heavy tree cutting equipment further damages the soil and ensures no large trees ever grow there again. Unfortunately, forest mitigation, logging and conservation don’t mix – not because they can’t but simply because we don’t have the will to enforce laws to make it so. 4 A single large fruit bearing tree can aid conservation and provide enough food for hundreds of bats. Take away a hundred trees a day and the math reaches frightening proportions – especially when you consider that large scale unsupervised and often un-licensed tree cutting has been going on for many years now. 5

Some conservationists (instigated by logging companies?) have been blaming hunting and cyclones for the decimation of the bat population and failure of bat conservation attempts. However, men have been hunting bats for many hundreds of years and cyclones have been displaying their awesome destructive power even before the bats came into existence on this earth. The fact is, the bat population has been declining for the past decade and this coincides with the arrival of massive automated logging machinery and the large scale deforestation that followed.

Bats are part of the eco-chain and ecosystem. They help in pollinating flowers as well as carrying seeds to other locations and help spread the coverage of fruit bearing trees. Any school going child will tell you that if you break any part of the eco-chain the entire ecosystem will collapse. 6

Envirosafe Solutions urges you to consider the smaller and less prominent fauna on our planet. These animals form a vital part of our ecosystems and our food chains and are as needing and deserving of our understanding and support as the grand lion, the leopard, the white panda and the orang-utan. Use your liquid products wisely and consider using greener alternatives that respect our denuding earth. For more information on quality Extreme Green products please call Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 889070.


1. Wikipedia on Pteropus bats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteropus

2.  Illegal logging in Asia-Pacific region: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2011/03_illegal_logging_felbabbrown.aspx

3.  Mechanised logging. This location has good content, pictures and links for more information: http://www.snowwowl.com/rltreesclearcutting.html

4.  Forrest mitigation explained: http://climatetechwiki.org/technology/jiqweb-ar

5. Effects of deforestation: The site is poorly designed but the article is great: http://www.theguardians.com/Microbiology/gm_mbr10.htm

6.  Bats and the ecosystem: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes/For_Teachers/science_and_children/caves/index/caves_bats.html

Solar Paint

Disinfectant, Rust Remover, Radiator CoolantAn amazing invention has been nurtured and developed by a university professor hailing from Newcastle on the New South Wales coast of Australia. It’s revolutionary and it will transform our lives in the coming decades! The invention was first publicised in 2010 on the ABC’s New Inventors program, winning both its episode and the peoples’ choice award.[1]

Professor Paul Dastoor works as a physics professor at the University of Newcastle and has worked on the project for a number of years. His novel idea – to paint solar panels onto ordinary glass surfaces, may well lead to every household in Australia being able to generate their own electricity in an economical and sustainable manner.

The basis of the new technology is the idea that “photovoltaic devices made from conducting polymers show great promise as a new technology for renewable energy.”[2] Put simply, small solar conducting units – nanoparticles – can in fact be suspended in a water-based paint and then painted onto surfaces, transforming these into solar panels that can supply homes and businesses with clean and efficient energy.

In the first phase of development, the solar paint will first be applied to sheets that are placed on the rooves of houses and other suitable building surfaces. But in the longer term, it is conceivable the material will eventually be painted directly onto rooves or other building surfaces. “They will use the same standard inverter technology used by conventional solar cells to connect the electricity grid network…and ultimately it will mean that every house in Australia will be able to generate its own electricity form a sustainable and renewable resource, using a paint coating on their own buildings and rooves.”[3]

The nanoparticles are so small they measure in terms of billionths of a millimetre. They can also be printed onto surfaces such as glass, plastics and metals and may well be on the market within 2-5 years. The technology is described as “third generations solar” whereby the solar panel materials are fully incorporated into standard building materials.

The team led by Professor Dastoor have been working on the invention for more than a decade. They state the inspiration for this research work and invention “is the firm belief that the greatest challenge currently facing the planet is the urgent need for developing new ways of generating energy sustainability. The increasing demand for energy coupled with the rapidly increasing world populations means that it is vital that we expand our global renewable energy resources” as quickly as possible.

Envirosafe Solutions rejoices in the research performed by Professor Dastoor and his University of Newcastle team. Support green research and inventions and support green business and green products. Phone Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 8890 70.

[1] http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s3008638.htm

[2] http:///www.newcastle.edu.au/research-centre/coe/research/modifying-the-response-of-organic-solar-cells.html

[3] http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s3008638.htm

Climbing to the Summit –Australian Scientist profile

Envirosafe Solutions Focus on one Australian’s contribution to The Equinox Summit, in June 2011:

Soil Wetta, Dust SuppressorThe Equinox Summit is run by Canada’s University of Waterloo Global Science Initiative and draws together leading scientists, future leaders and experienced advisors “to share insights in a spirit of open collaboration…in order to envision a low-carbon, electrified future coupled with a growing to expand the capacity, increase the resilience and security, and improve the efficiency of our energy systems.” [1]

The summit draws on experts from around the globe, including such luminaries as Alan Aspuru-Guzuk, a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University who is currently working on next-generation solar technology innovations. It also includes Australia’s Cathy Foley who is Deputy Chief of Science, Material Science and Engineering at the CSIRO. As a physicist, she is focusing on superconductivity that could lead to technological leaps in how we produce and distribute our electricity.”Along with practical applications for mineral exploration and electricity transmissions, her research is also bringing the world closer to the development of fusion as a groundbreaking future energy resource.” [2]

Another Australian scientist who is a key contributor at the Summit is Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos from the University of New South Wales. Her 1980’s invention of the Vanadiam Redox Battery has the potential to revolutionise the way we store energy and has groundbreaking potential for the future. “This type of battery is a unique type of flow battery that can repeatedly absorb and release huge amounts of electricity, making it possibly the best partner for renewable energy in the future.”[3]

Professor Skyllas-Kazakos says “The ability to store energy has been the missing link in efforts to incorporate renewables into out grid. But now, storage systems with the capacity to extend the usefulness of intermittent energy sources (such as solar and wind) are now becoming a reality. Storage systems – such as her battery – can ensure that the electricity generated when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining can be stored and used later, when the air is still or the sun is behind clouds.”[4]

Governments are now realizing that ongoing feasibility of these in terms of stable supply to the grid, must involve storage, and it is Professor Skyllas-Kazakos’ storage batteries, that may help to solve the problem.  “Storage will need to be an important part of any smart grid in the future,” she says. “I believe that by 2030, we could change that by simply turning our attentions to a long neglected aspect of the power system – namely storage.”

Clean energy modes are important and paramount. But it is also the need for storage that will provide a missing link if these modes of energy are able to be embraced globally in the future. Professor Skyllas-Kazakos is also of the view that while “early renewable energy mandates have assisted in the development of the wind and solar power industries, without storage, further penetration of renewable energy into the grid will be at the expense of reliability. Without this driver, the renewable energy industry will remain fragmented and other competitive greenhouse gas abatement technologies (including carbon dioxide sequestration) will continue to attract an unreasonable level of government support despite their high technical, safety and financial risks.”

She has also stated that it is only relatively recently that governments – including the USA – have finally begun to realize the central importance of storage in the new energy age.

Envirosafe Solutions supports the groundbreaking work done by Australian scientists and believes in our nation’s ability to contribute to energy solutions in practical and meaningful ways. Support green change and support green industry. Telephone Envirosafe Solutions for more information on their range of outstanding environmentally friendly products. Envirosafe Solutions 1300 88 90 70.

[1] Waterloo Global Science Initiative. http://wgsi.org/content/about-summit

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid.

Tighter exhaust emissions for new vehicles from 2013

New vehicles sold in Australia will have to meet tougher emission standards. The new rules have already been adopted by other developed nations and are aimed at cutting dangerous emissions which contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory illness. The new guidelines are a coup for the green revolution and public health but will not be completely phased in until 2018.

Green revolution, Fuel conditioner, Eco-friendly industrial liquid

The Federal Government unveiled new rules in June to combat air pollution from new cars, utes and SUVs sold in Australia.

The regualtions will force car manufacturers to use technologies which produce cleaner emissions. In particular, they will target diesel engine emissions, which have been classified as carcinogenic.

Manufacturers will have to fit filters to reduce the amount of fine particles, known as particulate matter, which attach to exhaust gases and can cause lung disease when inhaled. These filters will not be compulsory in new diesel vehicles until 2018 although in the meantime the availability of fuel conditioners (including eco-friendly industrial liquid Extreme Green Diesel Bug Killer) can help produce cleaner emissions and improve vehicle performance.

The Federal Government has conceded the new standards (termed Euro 5 and Euro 6) are likely to push up prices by about $1000 for a diesel vehicle. The new regulations will be phased in over the next seven years, with the less-stringent Euro 5 regulations in effect from November 2013.

The same standards have already been introduced in the US and Canada, Japan and South Korea. Europe is on the brink of introducing the new emission controls.

The Federal Government believes the new standards will save more than $1.5 billion from public health spending over the next 20 years by cutting smog-associated illnesses. The extreme green Euro 6 emission guidelines (in place from 2018) will:

  • Cut hydrocarbon emissions by 50 per cent;
  • Reduce nitrogen oxides by 70 per cent;
  • Cut particulate matter by 90 per cent.

Vehicle emissions contribute to photochemical smog, levels of which in Sydney regularly exceed national and World Health Organisation goals.

A new report by the United Nations has reinforced the need for reduced vehicle emissions. The report, by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), has found that cutting exhaust fumes could help limit global warming while boosting food production and reducing heart and lung disease.

Green car technologies being embraced in Australia and other parts of the globe have become a focal point in the battle to curb greenhouse gases. New exhaust emission standards and technology such as biofuels and hybrid electric cars look to be the way of the future.

The reforms have been welcomed by Envirosafe Solutions, a Perth-based supplier of environmental cleaning products which has been working with the transport industry to help reduce environmental impacts. One of its products – the Extreme Green Diesel Bug Killer – was designed primarily to produce cleaner fuel emissions while reducing costly maintenance and vehicle down-time. To find out more contact Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.





Mining waste could tackle algal bloom scourge

Scientists have discovered innovative uses for the mountains of mining waste produced in Western Australia. CSIRO research has identified mining by-products as a rich source of minerals capable of filtering phosphorous and nitrogen – common in detergents and fertilisers – from river systems. Removing these nutrients would reduce the risk of toxic algal blooms and help mining companies join the green revolution.

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In November of 1991 Australia experienced the largest recorded toxic river algal bloom in history. It turned a 1000km stretch of New South Wales Barwon and Darling rivers into what was described as a ribbon of ‘pea soup’ and resulted in a state of emergency being declared.

The threat to livestock and residents led to emergency water-filtration equipment being installed to provide drinkable water. Blue-green algae (more correctly referred to as cyanobacteria) can produce dangerous and even fatal toxins – causing vomiting, diarrhoea or death. It also strips oxygen from water killing fish and other aquatic life.

Research into mining by-products has found iron oxides, aluminium oxides, calcium and magnesium in mining waste can effectively filter, absorb or neutralise a range of nutrients in water sources.

Algae flourish in Australian conditions

High levels of the nutrients phosphorous and nitrogen, combined with warm weather and low water flows, create perfect conditions for the spread of blue-green algae. These nutrients build up in waterways from stormwater run-off from factories, farms, gardens and parks.

River bank erosion has also been found to increase nutrient levels.

Common sources of phosphorous and nitrogen include fertilisers and household detergents such as laundry powder (Australian supermarkets are currently phasing out phosphate-based laundry powder in favour of environmental cleaning products). In fact, the use of eco-friendly industrial liquids has a significant role to play in reducing soil and water contamination.

Filtering out nutrients

CSIRO scientist Grant Douglas said introducing this mining waste into waterways was not as simple as pouring it into a river from the back of a truck. It must be carefully introduced into soils. Diverting water through wetlands enriched with mining by-products could filter nutrients and reduce the risk of algal blooms.

He said while the research had been conducted in Western Australia it would be applicable to mining waste produced in other states or countries.

“A few years ago we looked at Western Australia and decided, well, WA is a large mining state and we’ve produced many millions of tonnes of by-products (and few) had ever really been looked at closely and certainly not with a view to possible reuses in environmental amendments.”

Choosing environmental cleaning products

The role of chemical compounds on water and soil quality has increasingly been recognised by industrial operators, who are turning to eco-friendly industrial liquids to replace traditional cleaners.

Perth-based Envirosafe Solutions provides a comprehensive range of environmental cleaning products to the mining and industrial sectors. Its water-based Extreme Green Solvent-Free Degreaser provides a powerful, economical solution to grease on surfaces and engines. This biodegradable cleaner is so safe it can be used on everything from auto workshops to commercial kitchens.

Reducing the use of solvents and phosphates by selecting environmental cleaning products helps prevent waterways from becoming a perfect breeding ground for blue-green algae. For advice on Envirosafe Solutions products phone 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.




New research shows climate change puts fish in hot water

Fish species are under threat from rising ocean temperatures, according to research by the CSIRO. A recent study has highlighted the effects of global warming on a long-living fish species off the coast of Tasmania. Combined with ocean pollution – from disastrous oil spills to plastic waste and non-eco friendly industrial liquids – threats to fish stocks are a major cause for environmental concern and the future of sustainable marine industry.

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Research by Australian scientists has led to the first reported example of a fish species being threatened by southern hemisphere ocean warming.

The findings were published in April and suggest a marked decline in the health and reproductive rates of the banded morwong species.

The CSIRO has been monitoring sea temperatures at Maria Island, east of Tasmania, and has recorded a rise in surface water temperatures of two degrees Celsius during the past 60 years. This rise has had a negative impact on the banded morwong, a species known to live up to 100 years and remain in the same waters their entire lives.

The concern for proponents of the green revolution is that this new research shows the stresses climate change can induce in fish species. CSIRO marine ecologist Ron Thresher co-authored the study and said that significant changes in temperature were detrimental to fish species.

“Generally cold-blooded animals respond to warming conditions by increasing growth rates as temperatures rise but theory and laboratory studies show this has a limit. As temperatures get too high, we begin to see increased signs of stress, possibly eventually leading to death. We are looking at whether climate change is beginning to push fish past their physiological limits.”

Ocean pollution – our dirty secret

Fish stocks and marine plant and bird life have been exposed to increasing threats over the past century and not just from a warming planet.

The ocean has become a vast dumping ground. It has been polluted by oil spills, nuclear and radioactive waste, demolition materials, discharge from ships and stormwater run-off containing toxic fertilisers and other non-environmentally friendly liquids used by industry.

While many countries have put in place regulations or signed international treaties such as the London Convention to control ocean dumping, every part of the industrialised life has come at a cost to this precious resource.

Agricultural and industrial practices have a high impact on the quality of waterways as stormwater run-off washes residue fertilisers and chemicals into rivers and oceans.

Switching to environmental cleaning products is a small change that can have big results. Perth-based Envirosafe Solutions supplies a comprehensive range of eco-friendly industrial liquids to all industries as well as government enterprises. Its range includes the Extreme Green Marine Glass Cleaner, a fast-acting, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaner designed to remove salt residue from all type of marine and aircraft equipment.

Research shows climate change is adding to the threats facing fish and marine life. Small changes such as using environmental cleaning products will help create a sustainable marine environment. To find out more contact Envirosafe Solutions on 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.





New greenhouse gas data released

Energy production and road transport are among the fastest growing sources of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions according to the latest National Greenhouse Accounts. The reports show passenger car emissions have increased nearly 20 percent in the past 19 years, a trend echoed by the heavy transport sector. As the Federal Government battles the introduction of a carbon tax, we look at the latest greenhouse gas emission figures and a revolutionary environmentally friendly liquid fuel treatment helping to reduce fuel emissions.

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Carbon pollution in Australia continues to rise according to the latest figures released by the Federal Government in April.

In the year to December 2010 carbon emissions increased by 0.5 percent to 543 million tonnes. Federal Climate Change and Energy Efficiency minister Greg Combet said the data, contained in the National Greenhouse Accounts, showed that Australia’s 2009 carbon pollution levels were at 103 percent of 1990 levels.

Mr Combet said Australia’s Kyoto target was that for the 2008-2012 period carbon pollution would not exceed 108 percent of 1990 levels.

“Despite a temporary, short-term dip in carbon pollution as a result of reduced demand for Australian goods following the Global Financial Crisis, significant challenges remain in all sectors to reduce our carbon pollution into the future.”

Mr Combet highlighted a 44 percent rise in emissions from the energy sector as a strong incentive for climate change action, including the proposed carbon tax.

“For example, the increase in carbon pollution from the energy sector between 1990 and 2010 was 44 percent. This significant source, which comprises pollution from stationary energy, transport and fugitive emissions from fuels, makes up around three-quarters of Australia’s total levels of carbon pollution.”

The National Greenhouse Accounts have been submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Major greenhouse gas contributors

The main contributors of carbon emissions have been outlined in the National Greenhouse Account reports, which state that:

  • Energy production is the largest single cause of stationary energy emissions, accounting for 206.7 million tonnes or 37.9 per cent of national emissions in 2009;
  • Fuel combustion in mining non-energy commodities, manufacturing and construction industries accounted for 8.2 percent or 44.5 million tonnes of national emission in 2009. The iron and steel sector accounted for the largest increase in these emissions;
  • Residential, commercial and institutional sectors and agricultural, fisheries and forestry equipment combined contributed to 20.3 million tonnes or 3.7 percent of national greenhouse gas emissions, up 37.9 percent on 1990 figures;
  • Transport emissions contributed 83.6 million tonnes in 2009 or 15.3 percent and are one of the strongest sources of emissions growth in Australia.

Road transport takes toll on environment

Exhaust fumes from cars, buses and trucks have risen sharply over the past 20 years and pose one of the greatest challenges to the environment and to government road and infrastructure planning.

Road transport accounts for the majority (86.3 percent) of transport emissions. Passenger car emissions rose by 17.6 percent from 1990 to 2009 while emissions from heavy duty trucks rose and light commercial vehicles also rose strongly.

A cleaner, more sustainable option

Fuel conditioners and treatments offer an effective solution for improving fuel efficiency and reducing toxic emissions for transport companies or indeed any organisation which stores or uses fuel.

A leading supplier of eco-friendly liquid products, Envirosafe Solutions has worked with councils, road transport and marine operators to help tackle the financial and environmental cost of contaminated fuel. The Western Australian company’s Extreme Green Diesel Bug Killer can be used in all fuel sources and treats and prevents the common problem of ‘diesel bug’, which creates slime that blocks lines and filters and corrodes metal engine parts. Importantly it also reduces dangerous fuel emissions.

Envirosafe Solutions’ biodegradable eco-friendly liquid products range includes its Extreme Green Insect and Tar Remover and its Extreme Green Radiator Cleaner, formulated without solvents, mineral acids or phosphates.

Australia’s rising carbon emissions are a key concern for government and heavy pollutors such as road transport. Envirosafe Solutions is strongly committed to helping combat climate change through its environmental cleaning products as well as its innovative workplace policies. For more information phone 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.




Green offices save planet, health and bottom line

From paper cuts to cancer clusters, office workplaces are affecting the health of Australian workers. In recognition of the hazards facing indoor workers, today we turn our attention to the green revolution underway in Australian offices. It is no coincidence that measures to improve the health of the environment also improve workers’ wellbeing and the company bottom line.

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Everyone from the boss to the office cleaner can benefit from a green, healthy, low-impact workplace. Reduced costs, improved staff wellbeing and morale and of course a healthier planet are benefits which come hand-in-hand with sustainable office practices.

Measures to reduce the ecological footprint of corporate Australia have gathered momentum across the country. Progressive companies are showing their environmental conscience by investing in green energy. At Perth-based Envirosafe Solutions, two percent of all sales is donated to Carbon Neutral, an Australian not-for-profit organisation working to reduce carbon emissions.

From switching computers to energy-efficient settings to substituting harsh, solvent-based chemicals with environmental cleaning products, there are a myriad of simple steps which improve workplace conditions.

Cost savings of going green

Reducing paper use and cutting energy consumption can quickly save thousands of dollars. Eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals – many progressive workplaces insist on eco-friendly liquid products – as well as minimising vehicle use and encouraging healthy morning teas costs nothing but fosters a nurturing, safe workplace environment. Boosting staff health and morale has been shown to have a significant effect on productivity.

Simple steps to a better future

Some of the best tips for joining the green revolution at work can be implemented with very little cost or effort. These include:

  • Redesign the workplace with recycled, ergonomic office furniture and make use of natural light and ventilation. This will not only improve staff comfort and indoor air-quality but will also reduce reliance on expensive artificial heating and cooling;
  • Install energy-efficient hot water units, consider investing in solar panels and remember to switch off lights and heating or cooling in unused rooms.
  • Reset the thermostat each season – workers dress according to the seasons so there is no need to keep office temperatures constant all year round. Increasing the air-conditioning temperature from 18 to 24 degrees in summer will instantly save energy and cut power bills.
  • Adjust computers to energy-saving settings and remember to shut them down at the end of the day. The use of ‘stand-by’ power – including printers, scanners and faxes – consumes considerable energy;
  • Despite the digital age of email, text messaging and social network message boards, paper use remains high. The greenest paper is in fact no paper, so where possible cut back – think twice about printing out emails and back-up computer files electronically to reduce paper filing;
  • Choose recycled paper (but remember this still uses energy, water and chemical resources). Recycle and reuse office paper and packaging and print double-sided;
  • Carpool, use public transport or cycle or walk to work if you can and think twice before getting behind the wheel to go on a coffee-run – just think how much better the fresh air and exercise will make you feel;
  • Use sustainable materials including biodegradable anti-bacterial hand wash and dishwashing liquid. Not only do these environmentally friendly liquids reduce the chemical pollution in waterways, they improve health conditions for staff;

The green revolution underway in Australian offices has not only the planet breathing a little easier but has saved business money and improved health conditions for office workers.  Envirosafe Solution – a proud supplier of Australian-made environmental cleaning products – has been leading by example in implementing sustainable work practices. For more information on its sustainable workplace initiatives or its range of eco-friendly liquid products contact 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.





Graffiti vandals should pay for clean-up: SA police chief

Whether graffiti is art or vandalism may lie, like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder. Yet this urban scrawl – which appears on public buildings and amenities in every town and city – is a financial burden for councils and business operators forced to remove it. South Australia’s police chief has called for a HECS-style debt payment plan for graffiti vandals. Today we look at this graffiti, its environment impact and an eco-friendly liquid product which successfully removes it.

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South Australian police commissioner Mal Hyde has called for graffiti vandals to foot the clean-up bill from their work once they have an income.

The plan is similar to the HECS-style payment plans available to university students.

In a submission to the State’s attorney general, Mr Hyde said the compensation would help recoup the expensive clean-up bill left by graffiti. He said courts often failed to order minors to pay removal costs because they were obliged to consider the offender’s ability to pay.

“The offender should retain an obligation to pay compensation in a similar way that a tertiary student has a long-term compulsion to pay the Commonwealth Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). An offender may not have the means to pay compensation at the time of the offence but may have the means many years later.”

Councils spend millions of dollars each year to remove graffiti – for the Adelaide City Council alone this bill was $338,000. The City of Charles Sturt removed 9173sq m of graffiti in 2009/10 or 14,235 ‘tags’. This cleaning process itself often strips original paintwork, costing more time and money, although this risk can be reduced by using an environmental cleaning product such as the Extreme Green Graffiti Remover.

Counting the environmental cost

Solvent-based spray paints leave an environmental legacy. The production of spray paints creates highly toxic wastes, which bio-accumulate and must be carefully managed. Rapidly drying spray paints favoured for graffiti often contain more toxic solvents than house paint.

Removing graffiti tags involves the use of chemical cleaners or eco-friendly industrial liquid and high-pressure water sprays, which draw on valuable water resources and add to contamination of waterways.

Removing offending graffiti ‘tags’

Youth advocates have argued for dedicated spaces for graffiti tags, where new work could simply be painted over any offending tags, eliminating the need for any clean-up.  Others believe this approach would fail to prevent graffiti vandals from defacing public and private property.

The task of removing graffiti – which falls heavily on councils, business operators, schools and other public bodies – has traditionally involved contact with toxic harsh acids. An alternative eco-friendly industrial liquid has been designed to offer users a safe, sustainable yet powerful multi-purpose graffiti remover.

The Extreme Green Graffiti Remover (formerly Exit Tag) effectively removes spray paint, ink, permanent texta, whiteboard markers, crayon and liquid paper on a wide range of hard surfaces. It works quickly – needing less than three minutes to penetrate – to reduce the risk of damage to any original paintwork.

Its non-toxic formula contains user-friendly non-hazardous solvents, making it safer to use and better for the environment. For more information on the cost-effective Extreme Green Graffiti Remover or other environmental cleaning product contact Perth-based Envirosafe Solutions 1300 88 90 70 or email info@evss.com.au.