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Published on August 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Stealthy Cleantech In Australia



We write obsessively about some “flashy,” popular cleantech options — solar panels, electric cars, wind turbines, poop power, etc. But there are numerous other types of more “stealthy” cleantech that are also worth promoting.

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One of those things is conducting more activities online, especially activities that would normally require quite a bit of transportation (e.g., shopping). In spread out countries developed more for the car than other modes of transit (I’m looking at you, US & Australia), this is especially true.

Another option that is often greener and cleaner than not is buying used goods rather than buying new. Our culture is obsessed with “new,” to the detriment of our air, water, fellow species, and (ultimately) ourselves. But this purchasing option does have its challenges and drawbacks. Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of sister site sustainablog writes: “Buying second-hand products as a means to saving money and resources is kind of a no-brainer: gently used items will always cost you less, and you’re making more efficient use of the materials and energy that went into creating them. Generally, the trade-off for these savings has been the time needed to sort through items at local thrift stores, garage sales, and/or flea markets, and the limitation of stocks at those venues.”

Combing online purchasing and purchasing of used goods is, of course, one step greener and solves some of the limitations or challenges mentioned above. Luckily for folks in Oz (I know we’ve got quite a few of you checking in here), you now have a pretty good option for this. “ If you’re ‘down under’, for example, you can peruse quicksales.com.au, an Australian online auction and sales site.”

The quicksales website includes a wide variety of categories — Automotive, Computers, Clothes, Movies, Toys, Tools, Phones, and more. At the moment, the search box on the site tells me that there are 1,892,714 items for sale there.

Of course, there’s always Amazon, but when you have the opportunity, it’s nice to support a smaller, regional startup, don’t you think?

This post was supported by the above-discussed Australian online auction and sales site quicksales.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • JamesWimberley

    We should be profoundly grateful that solar panels and wind turbines are no longer ¨flashy¨ at all, but boring commodity (solar) or near-commodity (wind) products, made in ordinary factories by ordinary workers. Progress is 99% perspiration.

    • Bob_Wallace

      It does seem that we’ve recently reached a new phase in the transition away from fossil fuels. Wind turbines and solar panels have become big business and are being installed at impressive rates.

      We’ve gone from “This is going to happen” to “This is happening”.

      • JamesWimberley

        The boss of Yingli, Miao Liansheng, sleeps in his office. This sort of thing makes up for a lot of denialists spouting nonsense. They get too much air time and can obstruct progress in legislatures and bureaucracies, but don´t run the factories or bolt panels on roofs.

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