Thursday, July 30, 2009

Greening Australia-Our Partner!

Want to offset your your lives then please check out how below:

Breathe Easy is a premium carbon offset product from Greening Australia.

〈 Breathe Easy provides an inspiring 3-in-1 solution to global warming. More effective than monoculture planting schemes, where only one species is planted, Breathe Easy focuses on mass planting of a mix of native species to offer a combination of Carbon Offsets, Landscape Transformation and Nurtured Biodiversity.

〈 Through Breathe Easy, Greening Australia is tackling climate change by carrying out large scale tree planting in strategic areas to restore the Australian bush – an outcome that not only sequesters, or locks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but helps our degraded landscapes to recover from years of abuse, and become more resilient in the face of climate change. It also helps to link together isolated areas of native vegetation to ensure our unique biodiversity has the best chance of survival.

〈 Naturally, the first logical step is to live more environmentally responsibly. It's always possible to reduce carbon emissions by changing the way we live. See the Breathe Easy website for some tips to help you reduce your impact on the planet:

〈 Some short-term tree planting solutions to sequestering carbon focus only on planting fast-growing, single species trees. While a cheap way to capture CO2, this method ignores many of the other environmental pressures our landscapes are facing. In fact, it may even cause more harm in the long-term by absorbing the runoff from rain before it enters nearby streams and creeks. Breathe Easy goes further than other monoculture planting schemes, by focusing on large-scale planting of a broad mix of local tree and shrub species. We use a combination of direct seed sowing and seedling planting in strategic areas chosen for their need for environmental repair. For maximum success our trees are only planted in the right season to ensure the best results.

〈 Greening Australia is the largest non-government environment organisation in Australia and is committed to providing practical solutions to Australia's environmental problems. It was established in 1982 to mark the Year of the Tree and since then has been using tree planting as a solution for critical issues like global climate change, salinity, declining water quality, soil degradation, and biodiversity loss. Over the last five years, no other organisation in the country has planted more trees for environmental repair.

〈 Greening Australia is an Australian Government approved Greenhouse Friendly abatement provider. Our methodology to establish and maintain biodiverse forest sinks for in excess of 100 years has been approved under Greenhouse Friendly by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

La Bimbi Hair Salons

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

Hilary Wardhaugh Photography green do's

Ok, I have posted other businesses and bits about what they do to be a bit more sustainable, so why not my turn...Here is a bit about me:

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

18 more sleeps

We are madly trying to organise the last minute stuff you need when you are organising an event....and then my kid gets sick!

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

a bit of reading!

I have been searching for some eco-fashion labels that are not just all hemp, you know, something hip and mod...I came across these labels and thought WOW! how fantastic that they are Australian and their designs are great...

I also came across a few Canberra based blogs with heaps of information about a more sustainable life which links to

all very interesting to read....

Monday, July 13, 2009 LAUNCH

In just less than 4 weeks we will be launching green4life in Canberra.

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

love the feelin'....

The very gorgeous Michelle of the soulcoach has signed up with green4life and we love her!!
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

Diamonds are a girl's best friend....

It is amazing when researching how to live a more sustainable life what you come across. Diamonds are the usual symbol of love in an engagement ring but if you knew how they were mined maybe you would have second thoughts about where you purchased your diamond and if the jeweler didn't know where or how the stones were mined

Have a look at the website link here: 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

natural weddings info and gift registry

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 PH: 1 300 301 767

Saturday, July 4, 2009 is now live

Our website is finally live and yes its small, at the moment, but we will be continually adding to it over the next few weeks but also over the next 9 months prior to our inaugural "green4life style and wedding" expo in March 2010.

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, Our friends!

Richard, Rachel and team are a design team with a similiar ethos as green4life and we are very happy to be working with them. Here's a few words from them and we are very happy to be working with them!

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
environmental principals.
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

Exhibitors and directory

Its growing and there is only 6 weeks left until we launch. Thanks to & who have registered and we have a couple more in the wings, that we will tell you about as sooin as finalised!! Will be posting some info about our recent acceptances early next week! Its filling up so don't miss your opportunity to be part of the revolution! We are VERY excited!!