Recycling Saves 25,000 Tonnes of Waste From Lismore Landfill

Published On December 30, 2012
The town of Lismore is celebrating after recycling 64 per cent, or almost two thirds, of their household waste. Kevin Trustum, the City Council’s waste operations coordinator, said that 64 per cent works out to be over 25,000 tonnes of waste that has been saved in the last year. He also mentioned that the town’s rate of recycling has improved by 10 per cent from the previous financial year. “The increase in recycling rates results from a reduction in commercial
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Western Australia Commits to Reducing Landfill Waste by 50 Per Cent

Published On December 22, 2012
Western Australia has taken a large step recently towards its goal of reducing landfill waste. Environment Minister Bill Marmion has officially approved the Waste Authority’s business plan to boost the state’s rate of recycling by 20 per cent over the next five years. This means that more than 50 per cent of the state’s waste would be recycled. Marmion, who has allotted $17.2 million in funding for the plan’s first year, said, “The state’s first waste strategy, Creating the Right
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Styromelt Thermal Densifier Technology Helps Recycle EPS Packaging

Published On December 14, 2012
Ferret, Australia’s manufacturing, industrial and mining directory, has been focusing a lot lately on finding practical ways for manufacturers to reduce packaging use and use more environmentally sustainable packaging materials in warehouses, factories and distribution centres. In addition to solutions such as using sustainably sourced raw materials and reusable bags, they are also keen to emphasise the benefits of considering what happens to the packaging during the disposal process. When it comes to conventional Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam packs, Ferret says
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Wendy Harmer Takes Action Against Excessive Packaging

Published On December 7, 2012
Wendy Harmer, Editor-in-Chief of The Hoopla, is against excessive packaging, especially when it comes to food. Lollies wrapped in multiple layers of packaging, cheese slices that are individually wrapped, and plastic casings that require secateurs to open are the bane of her existence, and it makes her deeply concerned. Of course, this trend is seen not just for food and product wrappers, but also in many other aspects of the home. For example, so many people have cupboards full of
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Bali Pushes for a Future That is Free From Plastic Bags

Published On November 30, 2012
Carrefour Supermarkets and the Bali Regeneration Foundation (Yayasan Regenerasi Bali) have joined forces and committed to taking steps to eliminate the use of plastic shopping bags. This action comes in light of governor Made Mangku Pastika’s goal to make Bali plastic free. Starting on July 1, 2012, shoppers at Carrefour were encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags, or were given the option to buy plastic bags or bring plastic bags from home. Gerardus Gemuruh, the general manager of Carrefour
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Eco Bags Make Packing Lunch Fun and Environmentally Friendly

Published On November 22, 2012
You’ll never have to put another sandwich in a plastic baggie again with the wave of new fun, eco-friendly options for bagging your lunch. Itzy Ritzy and Lunch-Skins2, which can both be found at Target, are the most popular versions of the new mini eco bag, but you can also purchase a variety of cute handmade reusable lunch bags on Etsy. The reusable, washable and fashionable bags come in plenty of great patterns, too, such as ladybugs, sharks, stripes and polka
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Students Determined to Banish Plastic Bags from Town

Published On November 14, 2012
Grade five students from a primary school in Emerald have taken it upon themselves to see that their town goes plastic bag-free. As part of their EmFSus4Kids program, the students have come up with a competition to see which five businesses in their town will be the first to go completely plastic-bag free. The task, led by their teacher Leigh Johnson and Lee Fuller from EmFSus (Emerald For Sustainability), is going to be a difficult one, but the students are
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New Lunch Bag Helps Elite Fit in With Working Class Lunch Crowd

Published On November 9, 2012
How much do you want to stand out in the office lunchroom? Or perhaps more to the point, how much do you want to fit in? With the new Vasari Bag from Jil Sander men’s A/W 12 collection, you can do just that. This new designer bag is a “long rectangular silhouette and is crafted from coated paper” and looks strikingly similar to a regular, run-of-the-mill paper lunch bag. While they can easily be considered eco-friendly bags, which is good,
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The Simplest Marketing Ideas in History

Published On October 15, 2012
The simplest ideas are quite often also the best, and this has certainly been the case in marketing throughout the years, with the following ideas easily among the simplest and most effective marketing ideas ever. Business cards Having a way to easily distribute your business contact information to those all-important connections and customers -- and anyone else who wants it -- is a smart idea for any business, so it is little wonder that business cards have become so hugely
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Best Ways to Ensure Repeat Business

Published On September 15, 2012
If you have managed to attract a new customer to your business, it is extremely important that you do everything you can to make them want to come back again. The more repeat business you can get, the less you will have to concentrate on finding ways to bring new people in, so make sure your customers have more than enough reason to come back. The following is a look at some of the best ways to ensure repeat business.
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Ideas for Promoting Your Business With Minimal Costs

Published On August 15, 2012
If you are looking for ways to promote your business but don’t have a lot of money to spend, don’t worry, because what you lack in financial support you can certainly make up for with creativity and effort. Often, the best ways to promote your business won’t cost a lot of money, so think carefully about how you are doing your business promotions, and make sure you are getting the best possible value for your money. The following is a
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Promoting Your Business at Trade Shows

Published On July 30, 2012
Finding the right ways to promote your business can be a significant challenge, but one way that is effective for a lot of businesses is by taking part in trade shows. However, just setting up a booth at a trade show won’t guarantee you success, as you will have to also do all the right things to promote your business while you are there. Otherwise, your trade show investment can easily end up being a waste of money. The following
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How to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Business

Published On July 20, 2012
Every business should do whatever it can to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Doing so is important for both the sake of the environment and the business, as these days, an increasing number of consumers are looking to support businesses that are more eco-friendly. There are a lot of easy ways to reduce your business’s environmental impact, and you may find that quite a few of your staff are excited to help out with the changes. The following is
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How Do Fairtrade Products Help the World?

Published On July 10, 2012
Fairtrade products are a fantastic example of the way all trade should be, because unless the workers, their families and communities are getting a good deal out of the exchange, it is hard to feel good about buying products with a history of exploitation. Whether you are buying art, school bags or coffee, if you have the choice, always buy Fairtrade. The following is a look at some of the reasons why. Protects workers and their families One of the
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4 Reasons Why Reusable Items Breed Customer Confidence

Published On April 15, 2012
There are many good reasons why businesses choose reusable items for promotional purposes. Not only are reusable items often practical and much appreciated by customers, they can effectively show that your business cares about the environment enough to develop promotional items that reduce negative environmental impacts. Essentially, customers value promotional items that help them to fulfil a need and can be repeatedly used. Here we look at four specific reasons why reusable items have such great appeal for customers and
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3 Ways to Demonstrate Your Business’ Commitment to the Environment

Published On March 15, 2012
It is not only individuals that can and should care about the impacts they have on the environment. At a more macro level, businesses also have a serious responsibility in terms of demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and environmental protection; many customers are immediately attracted to businesses that give serious treatment to this responsibility. You are unlikely to have the opportunity to have customers sit and down and listen to your organisational policy around environmental protection, but there are a
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3 Things that Impress Customers

Published On February 15, 2012
We live in a world where competition for market share and customer loyalty is fierce. Businesses always need to be doing things well in order to impress potential and actual customers and create and maintain a positive impression of their organisation. In light of this, it is common for forward thinking businesses to always be seeking innovative ways to impress customers. Not only does such creativity delight customers when they receive products or services that effectively address their needs, it
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3 Ways to promote Your Business this Christmas

Published On January 15, 2012
It is that time of the year again – Christmas – and while for many of us it means holidays, celebrations and time with family and friends, for most of us it definitely means shopping. Christmas shopping is an unavoidable task for most of us and you only need to have visited the stores lately to appreciate how many people are now turning their attention to Christmas purchases. For retailers of all types, sizes and purposes, the silly season presents
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