Natural, organic, eco-friendly, local, recycled, energy efficient – it all sounds good and green, but is it really sustainable? And even if it is, why should I buy it? Kaisu Christie from Ikko spoke at our September 22nd meeting about how to choose sustainable products and services, and what value add they can provide. Kaisu is a Director of the online retailer, Ikko Pty Ltd, which applies their own tight criteria for all the products and services that they supply.
At our meeting on September 8, Richard Collins, managing editor of WME media, told us about the six sins of greenwash, and how to keep promotions on the right side. “GreenWashing”, making misleading or false claims about the environmental benefits of a product or service, is being clamped down on by ACCC and other industry bodies. For 20 years WME Media has published the monthly WME – Environment Business magazine, the country’s leading forum for opinion and industry discussion around water, waste, energy and corporate sustainability. The company also publishes the online daily Environmental Management News.net; and Inside Waste magazine, … Continue Reading
At our August 25 meeting, we discussed purchasing products made from recycled materials – a simple step businesses can take to reduce their environmental impact and support recycling systems. Lyndall McKernan from the Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA) highlighted the importance of ‘buying recycled’ and provided an overview of Australia’s first national Recycled Product Directory (see www.brba.com.au) developed as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anyone looking to source recycled products – ranging from furniture and stationery products through to hardware and packaging materials. The Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA ) is a national not-for-profit alliance of organisations united by a commitment to … Continue Reading
On August 11, our meeting discussed how business enterprises will benefit from rethinking their processes in an economy, which must consider finite natural resources and the need to strive for a sustainable future. Helen Weston gave a talk about how to understand the new government policies, including the new carbon pollution reduction scheme and what these policies mean for small businesses. Helen has a broad business background and is applying her experience to the development of methods of reducing the cost and optimising the business opportunities of carbon reduction strategies and sustainability practices.
At our GreenBiz Café meeting on 28th July 2008, industry expert Zaidee Jackson, talked about how printing affects our carbon footprint and why choosing a green printer makes a difference.
Our first GreenBiz Café meeting was held on 14th July 2008. The topic for the night was: What’s involved in starting and growing a green or renewable business. Join Alistair Duncan (Eco Living Centre), Don Pyke (Ecolimo Australia Pty Ltd) and Mary Hendriks (Aussie Renewables), offered their insights. The talk was followed by informal discussions with the panel. This is the first meeting of the new group.