Monday, August 10, 2009
Just a quick note to say we launched the website on Saturday evening. Mr Stephen Byron declared the website officially "launched" and much thanks to him for coming and being supportive of our venture.
We gave away some great prizes:
A $750 portrait voucher by me Hilary Wardhaugh Photography
A $80 lunch to the kitchen Cabinet October lunch
A $50 voucher to Mandala Minerals
A $650 soul coaching session
and Get Tanked gave away 2o Water audits!!
Here's a fe pics from the evening and thanks so much to all those who attended! Lovely to meet you all!
Hilary and Stephanie
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Whilst we may not fit the category of a fully "green" business we are committed to being as green as we possibly can and are making steps right now towards this.
Our business situation is somewhat different to most (but like yours), as we use venues or private residences for the majority of our work, however, being a mobile DJ business, a large component of what we do involves travel by motor vehicle. We offset our emissions through Greenfleet for our vehicles.
We already have a green power component for our home and office. We already use energy saving lightbulbs in home and office and do our best to conserve energy generally. We use recycled paper wherever possible, reduce paper consumption where we can, and attempt to use the reduce, re-use, recycle philosophy in our day to day operations.
We are progressively replacing our old style professional lights with professional LED lights (these are fairly new to the industry), as replacement is required, and are enquiring as to the option of replacing our bulbs with LEDs in our existing lights, so that we can have them be more energy efficient as soon as possible.
Stephen Byron from the Capital Airport Group and Brindabella Business Park will launch the website and we also have the pleasure of Senator Christine Milne from the Greens coming along, too.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
What fun great exercise and doing good is!
Planted about 50-60 trees and grasses near Pierce's creek this a.m replacing the pine plantations with natives of different species which is important for bio-diversity.
Met a few of the ACT regional Greening Australia crowd and I really wish I had been doing this before now...I'd always wanted to but never quite made it...Fresh air and committed people and loads of kids all helping...what a wonderful way to spend a foggy winter morning in Canberra! Looking forward to the next one on Father's Day in September!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Monday, July 27, 2009
The very wonderful Gess and Peter Mazi have a wonderful business(es) here in Canberra and have a great dedication to being sustainable. We are very happy to have them associated with green4life!!
Here's a bit about them!
At La Bimbi Salons we believe that "we all need to celebrate who we are".
We provide stunning cuts and use only the finest colour, makeup, and hair
products that do not harm our staff, clients or the planet in which we live
The salon name La Bimbi - means "the little ones" in italian and was
selected to honour our children - as such our priority was to operate a
business that minimises any harm that we do to their planet. From recycled
paper, green products, even jewellery that has been sourced in cooperation
with Tibetan tribes - the business since 2004 has adopted a holistic and
environmentally conscious approach.
The two product ranges that we use are La Biosthetique - of which La Bimbi
is the only salon in Canberra selected to use this product together with
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As a parent of a young son I have often worried about the world will be like when he is an adult.
Will there be regular rain?
Will we have enough whole foods?
Will we be all fat and immobile?
Will there be enough space to live?
Will the air be clean?
Our contribution to the earth’s environmental problems is vast and we all need to all do our little bit.
If all you can manage is to recycle your paper, plastic and tins well that is great, but it isn’t that hard to do a little bit more. Get a compost going, the worms love it!
I want to nurture my bit of world and if that means being a little more proactive at home and in my business so be it, its not that hard!.
I always try and reduce all my waste. I recycle everything I can.
Once I have gotten rid of my old plastic coated business cards I will only be using an environmentally friendly printer who specializes in recycled card and believe it or not they look and feel very groovey!
I keep my power usage to a minimum, especially my lights, and have recently changed to green power.
My office is fully insulated in the walls and the above the ceiling.
My windows have black-out blinds for heat/cool loss.
I have started using bamboo fine art paper for my art prints with less reliance on plastic coated prints and not all images are printed only the most special ones. All images are archived digitally.
My handmade books are printed and bound locally using recycled products and often hand made organic paper for the covers.
I am a member of greenfleet and offset my car travel and plane travel every year.
I aim to be more sustainable, but sustainable does not mean poor quality quite the contrary. The quality of all these wonderful products is exceptional and I know you’ll love them to. It makes me feel good that I am doing my little bit for the environment and at the same time producing images that your family and children will cherish for years to come.
Monday, July 20, 2009
But, the good news is that Mr Stephen Byron, of Capital Airport Group and Brindabella Business Park has said he would launch our initiative.
When you see and read what environmental commitment Brindabella Business park has made it is inspiring and we can all take a little away from what they are doing and adapt it to our own lives and homes.
Janet Jeffs, from Ginger Catering will also be saying a few words.
We will be posting some new exhibitors on the blog very soon and in the directory also. If you'd like to come to this very special launch, then give us a call.
Hilary Wardhaugh 0418255416
Stephanie Allen 0428217098
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I also came across a few Canberra based blogs with heaps of information about a more sustainable life
www.consumption-rebellion.blogspot.com which links to
all very interesting to read....
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thanks to those exhibitors who have paid their deposits and to those who have expressed an interest in becoming involved.
We have heard recently that the public are becoming green fatigued with so many issues in the public arena about environmental concerns. What we aim to do here at green4life is make it easy...
...Easy to find like minded individuals and businesses who can help and show you the way to lead a healthier life for you but also the planet, its not that hard, really!
Want to come to the launch and have the chance to win the following:
A water audit from Get Tanked
A $750 engagement portrait (or if you have a family then wonderful!)
A $650 Soul Coaching program
A $400 credit with Brindabella Baby
A $50 Kitchen Cabinet voucher
and we are working on more...
$49 will get you in the door to sample some of Ginger Catering canapes and some wine, to hear some great music and hear about some great options in sustainable living...
Call/Email us now as we are limited with numbers..Saturday 8th August 5-7pm at Old Parliament House, Canberra....more details are on our website www.green4life.com.au
Michelle has graciously donated a wonderful prize for the green4life launch ( Saturday the 8th, not long now!!).
Here is her wonderful prize and also a little about her business.Soul Coaching - 4 week program
Soul Coaching® is a rewarding four-week journey of cleansing and reinvigorating your life. Be gently guided and supported to connect with the elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth, and detox mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
The package includes:
Coaching... support throughout your journey
200+ page workbook to guide you, with daily inspirational activities
Vision quest... your own sacred quest, to unify and complete the process.
Weekly soul journey sessions, to enhance inner clarity.
30 days of free follow up support by phone and email after completing the program.
Valued at $650.
The aim of Soul Coaching is to align your inner spiritual life with your outer life. It's a system that helps to clear away mental, emotional and physical clutter so you can hear the messages from within. It also helps you discover your purpose so you can design a life that supports that mission. Soul Coaching's primary aim is to clear away inner debris, so you can discover your own inner-wisdom. Rediscover the everyday experience of spirit and a connection to the inner states of intuition, mystery, and wonder.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Have a look at the website link here:
www.diamondfacts.org to get all you need to know about where your gorgeous stone (s) came from. It really gets you thinking!
Ben from Utopian Creations is the only jeweler so far that I have come across who is thinking about his stones and where his precious metals are coming from....are there no others??
Monday, July 6, 2009
Our Natural Weddings website is for couples concerned about our planet, social responsibility and sustainability, where we offer a knowledgeable and resourceful website to help you plan your wedding in eco friendly style. Our guiding principle is simply to make a commitment to consider the environmental impacts of each decision you make. We encourage you not to aim for a "pristine green" celebration without compromise. Rather, to consciously make the best choices you can. From a tiny seed a mighty Eucalypt grows...
Green lifestyle enthusiast Tracey Bailey had been assisting engaged couples with Green Wedding advice through the Biome eco-store. Combining her passion for the planet and style with a conscience, Tracey can help you with everything you need to know about planning a greener celebration. Our planning guide will help you incorporate whatever sustainable choices you are able to. A thoughtful gift registry will help you create your harmonious, healthy home together. For an "Eco Friendly Gift Registry" filled with gifts that come from the heart visit us at www.biome.com.au PH: 1 300 301 767
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The directory will be much more comprehensive with logos, links, business details and a few words about each of our wonderful exhibitors and directory listed businesses.
The next few weeks we will be uploading all those businesses who have contacted us so far.
We'd love it if you can link back to us as that is what seems to make the world go 'round!
"Your Commitment, Our World" TM
Friday, July 3, 2009
RTM Design has long appreciated the impact that business people and we as design
practitioners have on the environment. Since our beginning in 1989 we have consistently
applied an environmental consciousness to our studio and the items we produce.
We do this by analysing your design requirement and presenting the best environmental
solutions for your project. We determine if a printed document is appropriate or if an online
alternative would be suitable. We consider how we can most effectively help you to reach
your audience and minimise waste and save money. We suggest innovative paper sizes and
layouts to reduce waste and maximise return from a printed sheet. We encourage the use of
vegetable based inks and water wise printing practices. We promote the use of recycled paper
from genuinely renewable resources. We use suppliers and services that share our
Core to our thinking is to limit the environmental effect of our design solution throughout its
entire life cycle. RTM Design supports and actively promotes sustainable design.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We only have 27 spaces for the expo and already we have filled 6 of them since last night...If you want to promote yourself and your "green wedding, family and home" product then contact us very soon!
The cocktail party on the 8th August should be wonderful if it keeps up like this!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Matt from Envirocentral runs an amazing landscaping and permaculture business showing us how to live more sustainably and its not that hard, check out what he does!
Living a sustainable existence is imperative to the preservation of our planet’s ecology. Enviro Central is at the forefront of the Green Revolution, specialising in designing completely edible landscapes, land conservation and restoration, biological farming and school education programs.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The green4life.com.au website is almost ready. Its amazing that such things can take so long to get organised. Its been a huge learning curve, especially as we want all our exhibitors and visitors to be able to register and pay online, so technically that is whay the website isn't quite ready yet. So far tho it looks great!! We have had great interest so far from businesses wanting to be a part of this fantastic initiative and seeing as there are only 27 spaces it will be an exclusive club!
If you run your business in an eco-ethical manner and have gorgeous products that the public cannot do without then please contact Stephanie or Hilary.
We will be launching this venture with bells and whistles, some bubbly and some great local food from Janet and her team at Ginger Catering at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House on Saturday the 8th August.
The expo now being the 28th march 2010.
If you would like to advertise your business in our website directory we want as many local green businesses as possible. There are three categories
So don't miss out!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
A Ginger Catering wedding
A wedding is when everyone's thoughts are for the future. This is one of the
reasons Ginger Catering is dedicated to ensuring your wedding shows you
Green wedding design is about making your wedding as fresh and memorable in
the future as on the day of your marriage. We plan not just for the day, but
so the setting and service we provide is about sustainability. After all,
the environment, like your wedding, connects all of us, the generations past
with those of the future.
On your wedding day, our present is for ever.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Brindabella Baby is all about a better world for babies. Everything in our Lonsdale Street store is eco-friendly and fair trade. We have the widest range of modern cloth nappies in Canberra, as well as biodegradable and flushable disposables. We also have Canberra's best range of quality baby carriers and slings, with demonstration models to try on. Plus fair trade baby clothing, toys, and books by local authors. With nine month no-deposit lay-buy, and gift registry for baby showers, it's easy to make ethical and sustainable choices.
Six month old Billy wearing a green Bumwear nappy - reusable and made
under ethically fair working conditions.
02 6176 1400
0411 449 524
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Every little bit helps...Whilst searching the internet we came across many ways to help the environment but we love simplicity so here's a few to think about:
Now even Bob the Builder uses eat least 3 of those!
Seriously, though if you are considering changing the way your live and work then maybe consider the following:
Environmental Management System (EMS)
What is ISO, ISO 14000 and ISO 14001?
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
ISO 14000 is a series of international standards that have been developed to incorporate environmental aspects into business operations and product standards.
ISO 14001 is a specific international standard for a management system designed to minimise an organisation’s impact on the environment.
The ISO 14001 methodology is a systematic approach for continually improving environmental management through identification and evaluation of aspects and impacts, development of objectives and measurable targets, implementation of programs, and on-going monitoring and review.
What are the Benefits of Implementing an Environmental Management System?
- Pollution prevention and waste reduction opportunities.
- Profit in market for "Green Products”
- Reduced consumption of natural resources and energy
- Minimisation of environmental liability and risk
- Systemised approach to compliance with environmental regulations
- Commitment to social responsibility
Ginger Catering at Old Parliament House serves in a single year approximately 150,000 customers across all outlets. This presents a need to develop practical ideas for improving sustainability.
Our firm commitment to developing sustainable business practices means that we consistently assess ways to reduce our impact on the environment. We are also aware that our staff are learning with us.
The restrictions necessarily imposed in a heritage listed building are offset by the opportunities this high-profile location gives us. Located in the heart of the national capital, we see ourselves as responsible for adopting and modelling best practices in sustainability.
Ginger Catering has registered to become a Green Table Australia certified business under the recently launched Restaurant & Catering Australia accreditation scheme. The Green Table scheme is designed as an add-on to the restaurant accreditation scheme and is intended to recognise restaurants and catering businesses that are reducing their CO2 emissions.
Our present focus is on three main areas of environmental impact:
Energy and water conservation
• An upgrade of the commercial kitchen equipment was done in April 2008 significantly lowering energy consumption and improving water efficiency
• A commercial conveyer belt dishwasher was installed to the main function / production kitchen to reduce water and energy consumption and to achieve recycling of the majority of the water.
• The use of natural gas for heating and cooking, rather than electricity
• All non-essential power, including lights, is turned off when not needed as a routine practice
Waste management and recycling
• Glass recycling
• Plastic recycling
• Cardboard/paper recycling
• Used cooking oil recycling for bio diesel
• Green waste recycling for composting
• Redirecting waste from landfill
• recycling of toner cartridges
• Disposal of Styrofoam boxes
• Disposal of scrap metal
• Disposal of fluorescent light tubes
• Use of environmentally sensitive products
• Recycling of unused fresh food – we are keen participants in the local charity food recovery program Oz Harvest.
Environmentally sensitive procedures
Ginger Catering casual as well as fulltime staff are trained to be conscientious in their handling of chemicals and to implement carefully our firm policies and procedures for the use, storage and disposal of all chemicals required in operating a food handling business. Material safety data sheets are prominently displayed for all chemicals used within the business. Every effort has been made to minimise the use of any bleach or caustic based chemicals in the work place, to minimise harmful products entering our waterways. We are currently investigating alternative cleaning products as part of our regular products assessments.
Friday, May 22, 2009
So why blow you carbon budget during your wedding?
Canberra’s leading wedding photographer Hilary Wardhaugh has just introduced an eco-friendly alternative to capturing your special day.
"Barefoot Weddings" is a photography package developed over the past 18 months to reduce the carbon footprint by developing alternatives to display wedding images other than the normal plastic coated prints and huge albums…??
The couple will receive images in digital format with special prints done on beautiful fine art cotton rag paper and framed using ash from renewable forests only. Everything is crafted locally saving on carbon miles and in turn helping a little towards keeping business local.
“Barefoot Weddings will suit the couple wanting something different, something brave and something which still produces a wonderful artistic representation of their very special day,” Hilary Wardhaugh says. “Barefoot Weddings are captured discreetly by two accredited AIPP photographers in such a way that is completely unobtrusive allowing couples to be the centre of their day without being directed. The style is mainly documentary, reportage or candid with only a few semi-posed images. It is not a style for everyone but the images will reveal more than just how couples look on the day. They will show how they feel”.
It is the perfect way to capture that moment while retaining your respect to the environment and being conscious of your contribution to Climate Change.
“I think we can all make an effort to change the way we live and operate our businesses and this is my little bit for the earth.” says Hilary.
Hilary Wardhaugh is a Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Double Master Photographer who has just won ACT AIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year for the 5th time.
Website almost ready!!
" Your commitment Our world" (TM)
The Green4Life wedding and Lifestyle expo is all about promoting green and ethical weddings & living.
DATES: Cocktail VIP/exhibitors party 6pm Saturday 8th August
EXPO Sunday 28th March 2010 10am-4pm
Weddings, though wonderful, can be extremely wasteful, when really it the marriage that counts! We hope with the green4life initiative that the general public can see that it is easy to live more sustainably from their wedding day onwards...
Saturday night will be a cocktail party in King's Hall catered by Ginger Catering, who have an extension green policy and are a major sponsor. Sunday will be the expo 10-4 with about 28 businesses hopefully.
We know that when it comes to eco-friendly and ethical businesses, there are many shades of green. We will ask that all exhibitors meet certain green and ethical quality standards in one or more key business areas. If you are unsure, please get in touch with one of the organisers to discuss your green credentials.
We hope this will be an annual event and that it really enables the general public to see how easy it is being "green".
Stephanie Allen & Hilary Wardhaugh