Date: Author: David Rowlinson Timberlink believes in the legal, ethical and sustainable sourcing of timber and is a staunch supporter of the forestry certification schemes that provide assurance of this to the market.Timberlink's three mills have held certification since the business commenced operations and following further investment in its Australian mills now becomes the first major sawmilling business in Australia to hold dual certification.

An industry-led initiative called future:gas will deliver seminars about these new technologies and the reasons they came about at locations around Australia and New Zealand in July and August this year.

Conveniently timed on mid-week evenings with entry priced at just $10, future:gas seminars are designed to be as accessible as possible to those working in automotive air-conditioning.

Date: Author: Laura Chalk Victoria is the latest Australian state to announce a plastic bag ban.

The Victorian government follows the lead of supermarket behemoths Coles and Woolworths who announced their own bans earlier this year.

Over the next few issues of Positive Environment News Planet Ark will bring you some of those good news stories.

Date: Author: David Rowlinson Sustainability leaders from across Australia and New Zealand were on the edge of their seats on 2 November, as the winners of the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia were announced live from RMIT University's Storey hall in Melbourne.Attendees to future:gas seminars will be among the first in Australasia to receive a comprehensive overview of the new-generation automotive industry-standard refrigerants in one knowledge-enhancing evening.Created by industry, for industry, the future-gas initiative is thought to be the first of its kind in the world.The first vehicles began appearing in workshops in mid-2014, before cylinders of R1234yf and equipment to service systems using this gas became officially available on the local market.Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen Group are also developing systems using a second refrigerant, R744, which will debut on high-end luxury cars before the technology trickles down to mainstream models.Date: Author: Helen Nolan Eco-friendly furniture has become a design trend in its own right with the green movement hitting the home decor world in a big way.