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ReNew: technology for a sustainable future is Australia’s premier magazine on practical sustainable living
Each quarterly issue of ReNew features the latest in sustainable building practice, alternative fuels and the latest renewable energy technology such as solar, wind, micro-hydro and geothermal. Comprehensive articles and DIY stories provide practical information for you to use around your home.
The ReNew story
ReNew actually started life in 1980 under a different name—Soft Technology: Alternative Technology in Australia. The magazine was produced for regional members of the newly-formed Alternative Technology Association who couldn’t attend meetings in the city. Founding editor Michael Harris says that 100 copies were printed with the loose sheets stapled together by hand. That issue sold out with another 100 copies produced, despite the relatively high cover price of 85 cents.
Issue one opened with a rather unassuming statement.
‘This is the first issue of a simple magazine on Alternative Technology in Australia, produced by the Alternative Technology Co-operative, Melbourne. The magazine will aim at providing practical information on what people have actually done in the area of alternative technology, and show with the aid of diagrams how other people can build the same equipment themselves. It will also contain news and items of interest on A.T. from Australia and overseas.’
The first edition contained articles on hydrogen, water power, energy-saving houses and a wind power buyer’s guide, topics that are still core ReNew topics these days.
After several years of deliberation, Soft Technology switched identity and relaunched as ReNew: Technology for a Sustainable Future in 1996. ReNew proudly celebrates 35 years of independent publishing in 2015.