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​Ten ways to scrap plastic without breaking the bank

Its Plastic-free July and with the big supermarket chains eliminating single-use plastic bags, this is a good time to brush up on some afforable ways to eliminate plastic from your life.

Going plastic-free doesnt have to an expensive exercise or a compromise, here are some handy (and affordable) tips on giving plastic the flick.

Brush up on your grooming[hhmc]
Speaking of brushes…an easy one to start with is your hair brush. Many are made with plastic, however, wooden and bamboo brushes are becoming increasingly popular and dont cost much more. On the bright side, theyre better for your hair and scalp too.

Bean there, done that[hhmc]
Get rid of those coffee pods and get back to grinding those beans. Youll save on two types of plastic with this tip: first, you wont be using plastic coffee pods and second, youll be saving money as it works out cheaper to buy fresh from your local coffee shop or supermarket. Many supermarkets also have a coffee grinding facility available.

Plastic-fr..

Its Plastic-free July and with the big supermarket chains eliminating single-use plastic bags, this is a good time to brush up on some afforable ways to eliminate plastic from your life.

Going plastic-free doesnt have to an expensive exercise or a compromise, here are some handy (and affordable) tips on giving plastic the flick.

Brush up on your grooming


Speaking of brushes…an easy one to start with is your hair brush. Many are made with plastic, however, wooden and bamboo brushes are becoming increasingly popular and dont cost much more. On the bright side, theyre better for your hair and scalp too.

Bean there, done that


Get rid of those coffee pods and get back to grinding those beans. Youll save on two types of plastic with this tip: first, you wont be using plastic coffee pods and second, youll be saving money as it works out cheaper to buy fresh from your local coffee shop or supermarket. Many supermarkets also have a coffee grinding facility available.

Plastic-free July: Which cup would you reach for?

Plastic-free July: Which cup would you reach for?

Put a lid on it


According to Roy Morgan, Australians on average drink 9.2 cups of coffee a week. So how many plastic lids does that make? Next time you head down to your local, bring your own reusable coffee cup and if you forget the cup, opt-out of taking a lid.

Tea-totaler


If youre not a coffee drinker but fancy a brew, get back to your loose leaf and use a metal tea strainer. You might be surprised to know that most tea bags are not biodegradable and use plastic packaging.

Heres a bottler


It seems that everywhere you turn you can buy a drink in a plastic bottle. Why not lead by example and reach for a drink packaged in glass? If we all took this step, perhaps beverage companies might be prompted to rethink their packaging choice.

Tall glass of water


While were on the subject of bottles, you can always opt to bring your own bottle of water with you, whether youre at the gym, doing the shopping or at your work desk. There are many options these days: glass, stainless steel or even give that coffee mug another purpose.

Packed lunch


And while youre at our desk and about to grab your lunch – what did you wrap it in? Plastic cling wrap, right? Why not pack your lunch in a reusable container or using beeswax paper.

Sin bin your liners


When youre done with lunch, throw out your rubbish without using a plastic bin liner. Better options are compostable bin liners, using a bin you can easily hose out, or use yesterdays newspaper (after youve read it of course).

Hang it out to dry


Another easy switch is swapping out those plastic pegs for the old-school wooden ones. You could even look at using some fancy stainless steel ones.

The last straw


Next time youre out for a cocktail or soft drink, choose to refuse and say no to that plastic straw. Like the plastic bag and coffee lid, these single use plastics are wreaking havoc on our natural environment. So in addition to remembering your favourite drink order, remember to add: “no straw, thanks.”

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Medlab Clinical completes NRGBiotic™ depression trial

Medlab Clinical Ltd (ASX:MDC) shares rose almost 16% upon completing the intervention stage of a trial for depression using its NRGBiotic product.

The trial closed at 120 patients and aimed to follow-on from previous trials investigating the use of NRGBiotic versus placebo as an adjuvant (used with) to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) which are common anti-depressant medications for people diagnosed with depression.

Shares in the company closed at 22 cents, up from 13.5 cents on March 27.

Medlab chief executive officer Dr Sean Hall said: “Personally, in light of the COVID impact, I am very pleased we have been able to fulfil our research duties with minimal interference to participants, and whilst the intervention stage is completed, the trial cohort will for the next three months focus on testing outcomes and an independent analysis of those results.”

Medlab has indicated that completion of this trial, whilst..

Medlab Clinical Ltd (ASX:MDC) shares rose almost 16% upon completing the intervention stage of a trial for depression using its NRGBiotic™ product.

The trial closed at 120 patients and aimed to follow-on from previous trials investigating the use of NRGBiotic™ versus placebo as an adjuvant (used with) to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) which are common anti-depressant medications for people diagnosed with depression.

Shares in the company closed at 22 cents, up from 13.5 cents on March 27.

Medlab chief executive officer Dr Sean Hall said: “Personally, in light of the COVID impact, I am very pleased we have been able to fulfil our research duties with minimal interference to participants, and whilst the intervention stage is completed, the trial cohort will for the next three months focus on testing outcomes and an independent analysis of those results.”

Medlab has indicated that completion of this trial, whilst retaining its statistical relevance, is a key driver for the business moving forward in managing the companys exposure to COVID and any potential economic impact.

“Milestone achievement”


Medlab director of medical research Professor Luis Vitetta said: “The completion of a randomised placebo-controlled study with patients diagnosed with major depression unresponsive to standard pharmaceutical medications is a significant milestone achievement for Medlabs research group.”

Vitetta said: “We look forward to the independent analysis of the data that will provide important links between the gut bacteria cohort, blood metabolites and mood; and the level of treatment efficacy achieved for depression with a Medlab patented formulation.”

Pathology and an independent review is expected in three months.

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Animoca Brands and Atari virtual platform sees surge in demand due to COVID-19 lockdowns

Animoca Brands Corporation Limiteds blockchain gaming platform The Sandbox recently partnered with Atari and has just launched its third LAND presale.

The third presale launched and sold out ~50% in around five minutes. Further, 95% of the ATARI neighbourhood sold out in less than three hours.

Animoca chairman Yat Siu said that demand is being driven by recent lockdowns and isolation periods which are a result of COVID-19.

The Sandbox[hhmc]
Animocas The Sandbox is a virtual world where players can build, own and monetise their own voxel gaming experiences on the Ethereum blockchain.

The Sandbox has partnered with Atari, one of the worlds most iconic gaming brands, to create 3D voxel versions of beloved Atari game properties including Asteroids, Centipede, Pong and RollerCoaster Tycoon.

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Animoca and Ataris vision is to offer a deeply immersive metaverse in which virtual worlds and games will be created collaboratively and without a central authority.

Under th..

Animoca Brands Corporation Limiteds blockchain gaming platform The Sandbox recently partnered with Atari and has just launched its third LAND presale.

The third presale launched and sold out ~50% in around five minutes. Further, 95% of the ATARI neighbourhood sold out in less than three hours.

Animoca chairman Yat Siu said that demand is being driven by recent lockdowns and isolation periods which are a result of COVID-19.

The Sandbox


Animocas The Sandbox is a virtual world where players can build, own and monetise their own voxel gaming experiences on the Ethereum blockchain.

The Sandbox has partnered with Atari, one of the worlds most iconic gaming brands, to create 3D voxel versions of beloved Atari game properties including Asteroids, Centipede, Pong and RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Animoca and Ataris vision is to offer a deeply immersive metaverse in which virtual worlds and games will be created collaboratively and without a central authority.

Under the terms of the agreement, Atari will receive large digital spaces, known as ESTATEs, iRead More – Source

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Ironbark Zinc major shareholder continues to build indirect holdings with on-market purchases

Ironbark Zinc Limited (ASX:IBG) major shareholder and non-executive director Danny Segman continues to support the companys base metals strategy with on-market share purchases.

On March 27 and 31 an entity in which Segman has a beneficial interest, Toronga Pty Ltd, acquired more than 1.875 million shares.

This took the number of shares held in the indirect interest to almost 82.417 million while another of Segmans indirect interests, Dulyne Pty Ltd, holds 67 million IBG shares.

Series of transactions[hhmc]
It is the latest in a series of on-market transactions by interests associated with Segman this year.

On March 24, 25 and 26 Toronga Pty Ltd acquired 3.54 million shares valued at more than $18,400 while on March 12 seven million shares were acquired worth more than $49,000.

Jewel in the crown[hhmc]
The company is confident that its Citronen Zinc-Lead Project in Greenland offers a rare scale and grade combination with a long mining life in a unique jurisdiction.

Ironbark consid..

Ironbark Zinc Limited (ASX:IBG) major shareholder and non-executive director Danny Segman continues to support the companys base metals strategy with on-market share purchases.

On March 27 and 31 an entity in which Segman has a beneficial interest, Toronga Pty Ltd, acquired more than 1.875 million shares.

This took the number of shares held in the indirect interest to almost 82.417 million while another of Segmans indirect interests, Dulyne Pty Ltd, holds 67 million IBG shares.

Series of transactions


It is the latest in a series of on-market transactions by interests associated with Segman this year.

On March 24, 25 and 26 Toronga Pty Ltd acquired 3.54 million shares valued at more than $18,400 while on March 12 seven million shares were acquired worth more than $49,000.

Jewel in the crown


The company is confident that its Citronen Zinc-Lead Project in Greenland offers a rare scale and grade combination with a long mining life in a unique jurisdiction.

Ironbark considers Citronen the jewel in tRead More – Source

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