Top ways to save energy in your office over Christmas break

Published On December 20, 2015
The same way the Christmas break can mean rest and relaxation for you and your family, it’s an opportunity for your office appliances to experience a similar reprieve – reducing your electricity bill and shrinking your environmental impact in the process. In fact, it’s possible to save up to 5% off your annual electricity bill if you shut down for a two week period over the Christmas break. But an effective shutdown takes forethought and coordination. Before you go rushing out
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8 Sustainable Packaging Fails

Published On November 20, 2015
Today, a lot of companies, businesses and individuals are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and make positive impact on the environment. One way to do this involves changing the way we make decisions as consumers. When buying products, it’s important to take into account the materials they are made of, their capacity for reuse or recycling and the packaging they come in. By opting for environmentally friendly products, that are sold in recyclable or reusable packaging, consumers
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What to Pack on a Picnic for the Perfect Summer Fun

Published On October 27, 2015
With the warm, sunny weather, there’s nothing more perfect than packing up a picnic and heading outside to eat and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re going to the beach, park, mountains or a campground, a picnic is easy to pack and clean up, and allows you to enjoy the great outdoors while you eat. But it’s important that you plan and prepare ahead of time to ensure that your day out is something you and your family or friends
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20 of the Best TED Talks About the Environment

Published On October 15, 2015
If you haven’t encountered a TED Talk yet, you’re missing out on a great source of innovative thinking and new ideas. TED stands for Technology Entertainment and Design and they are a series of video talks held by a diverse range of people from all over the world, about every topic imaginable. Created by a non-profit organisation, TED is devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, and since the arrival of video streaming on the Internet, it has grown into a huge
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How to Choose the Right Promotional Product for Your Business

Published On August 19, 2015
Thinking of ordering promotional products for your business? Smart idea - promotional products are fantastic advertising tools for reaching out to potential customers and keeping your brand on everyone’s mind. Used well, they can also be one of the most rewarding and cost-effective ways for your business to introduce its products and services to a wider audience than usual. According to the Australiasian Promotional Products Association (APPA), marketers spend $1.34 billion a year on promotional products - because they work!
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Environmental Protection: What We Can Learn from Sweden

Published On July 27, 2015
Garbage is accumulating at an alarming rate around the world. This creates a serious waste management problem, both in industrialised and underdeveloped countries - a problem that also has serious environmental consequences. A 2014 study in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology claimed that no less than 40 percent of the world’s garbage is burnt, often in open pits. This practice causes serious air pollution with harmful substances like mercury and lead released into the air. An additional problem
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Natural Bags From Jute Fibre or Synthetic Polypropylene Plastic Bags?

Published On June 4, 2015
Jute (Corchorus capsularis & Corchorus olitorius) and Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) are vegetable fibre plants second to cotton in importance. Corchorus capsularis is White Jute and Corchorus olitorius is referred to as Tossa Jute. The annual global production of jute and similar fibres is about 3 million tonnes. Jute is a rainfed crop which is cultivated mainly in Bangladesh, India and Thailand which account for more than 90 percent of world production. Jute is very fast growing reaching a height of
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Australians Prefer to Shop Ethically

Published On May 7, 2015
Fair Trade is a growing solution to fighting poverty and social injustices. May 9th is World Fair Trade Day, an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) which takes place on the second Saturday of May each year. The WFTO encourages people to become an ‘Agent for Change’, because that is exactly what Fair Trade products provide - change. The initiative encourages people to buy ethical products and share their experience and knowledge of Fair Trade products on social
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Reusable Shopping Bags

Published On May 4, 2015
According to statistics the global consumption of plastic bags is between 500 billion and a trillion annually or a million bags every minute. This huge consumption of plastic bags creates an enormous environmental problem. There are two ways of addressing this environmental problem. Firstly, if we can utilise reusable bags which have a long life span and therefore can be repeatedly reused consumption will be proportionately decreased as compared to the use of single use plastic bags. The second alternative,
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How Your Business Can Help Fight Pollution

Published On April 7, 2015
The environmental debate has been raging for years now, but what does that have to do with your business? The answer is everything. Improving your environmental and social performance will not only ensure that your business survives, but will actually save you money as well. And we all know that every business needs to cut costs wherever it can so as to remain viable in today’s innovative and competitive marketplace. Why the environment matters to your business There are several
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Alternative Green Shopping Bags in Australia – A Green Shopping Bag Selection Guide

Published On April 4, 2015
Although it has been reported that plastic bags comprise only around 2% of the litter stream in Australia, plastic bags nevertheless create a significant pollution problem which affects our wildlife. The impact of this litter is increased due to the fact that the 6.9 billion plastic carry bags used by Australians every year will take centuries to breakdown in the environment and there is therefore a persistent and constantly accumulating environmental ability to injure wildlife, particularly in marine environments. The
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Single Use Plastic Shopping Bags or Durable Enviro Bags?

Published On April 4, 2015
Single use shopping bags being phased out Shopping bags are such a major environmental problem in Australia and around the world (1-10) that many countries and cities are taking steps to ban the use of plastic shopping bags (11-16). Since single use plastic shopping bags may be discarded into the environment after just one brief use these types of shopping bags have long been considered to be the biggest problem (17-19). While single use shopping bags may have a very
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Jute & Eco Friendly Natural Jute Bags

Published On April 4, 2015
Jute fibre is a totally natural biodegradable and compostable fibre obtained from the jute plant (Corchorus olitorius and Corchorus capsularis) and it is therefore an extremely attractive renewable resource for those who are at the forefront of the environmental movement and those who give top priority to environmental and ecological concerns. Jute, being a very strong natural fibre, is commonly used to produce rope, bags, sacks, hessian cloth, floor coverings, and carpet or linoleum backing. The natural qualities and biodegradability
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Printed Bags

Published On April 3, 2015
Promoting your organisation with your full colour logo on reusable sublimation printed bags! Minimum order quantity of only 500 bags - Express delivery to most locations in 4 weeks or less* Made from natural fibres such as cotton or canvas or eco friendly fabrics such as non woven polypropylene, these environmentally friendly bags may be printed with your logo in quantities as low as only 500 bags! The available range of printed promotional bags includes popular styles such as shopping
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What to Say and How to Say It: Crafting a Memorable Business Tagline

Published On March 12, 2015
Your tagline is a powerful component that serves many functions in branding your business. It gives customers information, evokes feelings or ideas, and establishes your voice. But coming up with a memorable tagline isn’t easy. It requires careful consideration into different aspects of your business and the needs of your customers. Knowing what makes a good tagline is the first step in this process. As your business evolves, so too will the message you send out in your marketing and
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Jute & the International Year of Natural Fibres, 2009

Published On February 8, 2015
Albury Enviro Bags supports the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009. We support the use of natural fibres such as jute and cotton in the production of reusable bags and promotional bags. The information below has been sourced from the Natural Fibres 2009 web site and the International Jute Study Group. The International Year of Natural Fibres, which was officially launched on 22 January 2009, is intended to stimulate demand for natural fibres by increasing the awareness of their advantages
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Shopping Bags and Plastic Bag Pollution

Published On February 4, 2015
Plastic Bag Pollution and the Environment. Australia may be only a small country of 20 million people but in 2002 Australians used nearly 7 billion plastic shopping bags (1-5) and it is estimated that up to 80 million of these bags ended up littering our environment (2,3). In Ireland the consumption of 1.2 billion plastic bags annually led to the introduction of a tax paid by consumers (5,6) while British consumers use 8 billion plastic bags annually (7). Globally 500
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How to Promote Your Business With Canvas Bags

Published On February 2, 2015
The humble bag has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent times, for small and large business alike. This is in part due to the promotional tote bag. While these bags are often given out at conferences, trade shows, or perhaps at point of sale, there is no doubt that they offer the highest number of impressions than any other type of advertising. Practical, stylish, and eco-friendly The reason for this high level of exposure is that consumers find these
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South Australia Bans Plastic Bags

Published On January 10, 2015
Since retailers and consumers need to keep informed regarding the new regulations pertaining to the banning of plastic bags in South Australia, the implementation guidelines of these regulations are listed below, courtesy of BYOBAGS. Although the regulations commenced on the 1st January 2009, the first 4 months, until 3rd May 2009, are intended to be a phase in or transition period. Not until the 4th of May will the sale of single use plastic bags become illegal in South Australia.
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Fundraising Ideas For Charities And Fundraisers

Published On January 8, 2015
Raise money for your charity with your own unique hand made fundraiser bags! Why not do as other charities have done and use our natural fibre jute bags as a fundraiser to make fundraising bags for your charity? One outstanding example of a successful fundraising organisation is the Illawarra Cancer Carers of Wollongong in NSW who have raised $2 million in 20 years of operation to assist cancer patients and support cancer research. According to their web site, Illawarra Cancer
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15 Ways to Reuse Canvas Bags

Published On January 8, 2015
Canvas is in. The canvas tote bag, whether handmade or bought, has a versatility all of its own. It’s the trend setter this summer, don’t be seen without one! Forget formal accessories, the natural, recycled look is here. It’s time to get upcycled. Canvas totes are so easy to throw over your shoulder, and when not in use they can simply be rolled up or folded to fit nicely into your pocket. If you need more than one, throw a
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