The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-29T15:51:25Z TRENDE, Toyota and UTokyo Experiment with Next-generation Electricity System 2019-05-29T15:51:25Z trende-toyota-and-utokyo-experiment-with-next-generation-electricity-system TOKYO, May 30, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - TRENDE Inc., a Tokyo Electric Power Company group company, Toyota Motor Corporation and the University of Tokyo will conduct a joint experiment with a next-generation peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity system that enables homes, businesses, and electric vehicles (EVs) connected to the electricity grid to trade electricity using a blockchain. The test will run from June 2019 at Toyota's Higashi Fuji Technical Center and the surrounding area. Japan's electric supply system is in the process of transforming from a centralized large-scale one-way system reliant on fossil fuels into an autonomous distributed two-way system incorporating renewable energy in which individuals and companies own the power supply. The objective of the joint experiment is to assess the feasibility and scalability of a two-way electricity supply system that allows direct trading among prosumers and consumers and will incorporate solar panels, batteries, and EVs.The parties also aim to verify the economic advantage of having electricity consumers and prosumers trade electricity through market transactions. The experiment will also simulate electricity consignment fees based on distance, and verify an algorithm for predicting the electricity demands of EVs, which have varying electrical consumption levels based on cruising range. Jeffrey Char, Co-Founder and Chairman of TRENDE, said, "We are excited to be working with Toyota and The University of Tokyo on this important experiment. We hope that the results will be beneficial, not only in terms of delivering low-cost, low carbon energy to consumers in Japan, but for others also working on solutions for the climate crisis."TRENDE Inc. (http://trende.jp/) is an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan via its Hot Denki (https://hotdenki.jp) and Ashita Denki (https://ashita-denki.jp/) service websites. TRENDE's goal is to accelerate the widespread adoption of solar power and redefine the energy ecosystem in Japan with a customer-centric business model and innovative P2P platform. The company's investors include Tokyo Electric Power, Showa Shell and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.  The Necessary Training Needed For Office Cleaning Staff 2019-05-29T08:27:27Z the-necessary-training-needed-for-office-cleaning-staff A cleaning company that does Office Cleaning should train their staff on how to do it rightly. While the experts in the cleaning industry are real professionals, the training needed for each cleaning sector is different. For example, we have explained in our previous articles regarding hospital and medical center cleaning, and the staff that who does it should know the ideal way of doing it safely. Well, the team of a reputable cleaning company may have the necessary knowledge to perform any cleaning task efficiently and safely, but they get that skill through the training that they get from the Office Cleaning company. The elements in office premises to clean get categorized as the building, furniture, and tech devices. Depending on the item to clean, the service provider has to change its way of cleaning or methods. For example, while the cleaning company uses chemicals to clean the washrooms and toilets; would they use those chemicals to clean your PCs? Also, the cleaning staff member should have a better knowledge of the items-to-clean and what to use for it. The Office Cleaning company is the responsible party here. When a staff member comes to join your cleaning company; he/she may not know much about those cleaning tasks and methods currently used in the cleaning industry. And, most of the cleaning companies welcome newcomers as those cleaning companies are ready to give the necessary training to anyone joins the company. Safe cleaning is a crucial factor to highlight here. What does it mean by safe cleaning? Yes, “safe” here refers to the safety of all the individuals and items. Who are individuals here? The cleaning staff member, people who work in the office premises, and the clients are the individuals here. And, what you got to clean in your office are the items here. Also, the cleaning of the office premises can get tricky sometimes, depending on the building type. For example, if your office is on a 10-story building, and your office is on the 8th floor; the cleaning of its exterior including high windows are real challenges to overcomes by the Office Cleaning company’s employees. “Sorry, sir! We don’t clean high windows and building exterior!” What would you do if you get this response from the Office Cleaning company? Well, you will fire that cleaning company and hire a new one. Office cleaners never say “we can clean those, but we can’t clean that.” Anyway, we refer to reputable Office Cleaning companies that train their staff on safe and efficient cleaning. The cleaning of tech gadgets including PCs is a task that the cleaning company has to do safely to make sure nothing gets damaged. The commercial vacuum cleaner that is there to clean the floor — would the cleaning company use it to remove dust on your PCs? Or, they start to mop the floor during the busy hours when a lot of your customers are there, but no warning signs or nothing to show the danger? Yes, these are the facts addressed by Office Cleaning companies when training their staff. Accidents are a common occurrence during cleaning, but we can’t afford it anymore. Accident prevention is one prime factor we focus on today when cleaning our clients’ offices. Don’t worry! As a leading Office Cleaning company in Melbourne; we have trained our staff on all those crucial areas! Why Do Office Managers Get Annoyed With Office Cleaners? 2019-05-29T08:23:23Z why-do-office-managers-get-annoyed-with-office-cleaners We are Office Cleaners, and we serve many clients, 365 days a year. Baps Cleaning always tries the best to provide a reliable and efficient service to all the clients, and we have invested money in the necessary resources for it along with the trained staff. Anyway, out of all the office managers who have hired professional cleaning companies for their offices; a few of them don’t get satisfied with the service that they receive from the cleaning company. What are the reasons for it? Why would some office managers get annoyed with Office Cleaners? Those are the topics that we discuss in detail today. Anyway, out of all the clients that receive our cleaning services; all of them are satisfied customers. You can witness it by reading our previous and existing customer reviews! Let’s say you hire Office Cleaners for your business’s office. What do you expect from them? Well, every office manager only expects a spotless or cleaned office that gives a positive impression to the potential clients. So, it is the responsibility of the cleaning company to fulfill it. For a professional cleaning company; it is their duty. So, the business mission of the service provider comes into play here. For example, satisfying customers is the top goal of Baps Cleaning. And, we do every possible task to achieve it from our side. Still, the things change depending on the service provider you have hired for your office cleaning. As our previous articles have explained; Office Cleaners get categorized as genuine and sham ones. The fact that you will get satisfied with the service received depends on which group you have hired the office cleaners. In this world, we have more than enough resources to make use when choosing the ideal service provider for our properties. The Internet takes the top spot among all the available resources now. Still, a few office managers get this selection process completely wrong, unfortunately. Office Cleaners who are running a business only to make money; hence don’t mind even cutting corners to achieve their goal; office managers get annoyed with such unreliable service providers. When we examine the deep cause of the issue, the office manager who was irresponsible during the hiring stages of the cleaning company also a responsible party here. If you focused only on the price; hence ended up hiring a low-quality Office Cleaners company, which is your fault; there’s no point of getting annoyed with it. Anyway, immediate actions to take in this case, and don’t delay it anymore. Office Cleaners should be professional service providers that own cleaning machines and employ trained cleaning individuals. For a service provider to offer you a reliable service; they will charge you reasonable money for it. As the office manager, you should understand this reality, but a few office managers mess it up in the beginning; then get annoyed over it. Yes, shoddy cleaning companies are 100% wrong here? Unfortunately, the world is not a perfect place, and you know it. As leading Office Cleaners in the Melbourne region, we request you to come out of the mindset “I need the cheapest service providers for my office!” If your previous office cleaner disappointed you, and you are looking for a reliable office cleaner in Melbourne; you can 100% rely on Baps Cleaning. Office Cleaners in Melbourne Area 2019-05-29T08:15:44Z office-cleaners-in-melbourne-area Do you know what are the factors that the business owner should concern? And Do you know the impact of those factors to the successful long-term existence of their organization in the competitive business world?  From all these factors, maintaining an uncluttered and tidy business environment should be a most concerning fact. For that most of the time, Office Cleaners are hired and most business owners give high attention for that and they concern several factors if they hire commercial office cleaners. If you need to keep your place clean and tidy and furthermore if you have a high concern about virtuous life you should hire office cleaners to get your cleanings done. You can hire an employee for a per meant basis to do cleanings as well as you can get service from commercial office cleaners. There are so many service providers and you should be careful when selecting one office cleaning service provider. Even though you are a small business owner it is good to allocate part form your investment to hire a cleaning service. It is crucial to protect the professionalism of your business because of the first impression about your clean environment dose major influence for that. Sometimes you may feel you do not need to concern much about the cleanliness of your business place, but that may be a reason to lose some business opportunities as well. According to phycology, a clean and dirty free environment does huge influence on the productivity of your own employees. So, the decision of hiring office cleaners will be a greater investment and it will not a wastage of money. To get more work done a dirty free workplace is more important. Your talented employees will not need to allocate their valuable time for cleaning and they will perform their essential activities in a positive mind. Furthermore, by the hiring of office cleaners, you will be able to experience a positive observation that you have never expected. Because unclutter workplace may increase employee morale and mental well being.   So unnoticedly and smoothly things will go on if you hire commercial office cleaners. Furthermore, commercial office cleaners are guided by their own supervisors and you will be given superior service more than you expected and you will not have to concern about the outlook of your business because office cleaners are ready to take the responsibility. Furthermore, office cleaners have the responsibility of maintaining the equipment such as bathroom items, cleaning items, water dispensers, and other business-related equipment. So, you will not have to allocate much from your investment for repairing cost because commercial cleaners are taking responsibility of using them in a correct manner. So as a good entrepreneur, you should know how to grab business opportunities by giving a good impression to your customers. So, it is certain that the clean environment will do a major influence on your customer decisions. Franking Credits for Change 2019-05-29T04:58:58Z franking-credits-for-change Biolinks Alliance is calling on disillusioned Australians, who may have been prepared to lose their franking credits in this month’s federal election, to donate them to the environment. The organisation has set up a crowdfunding goal of $50,000 which represents 0.001% of the $5 billion that were spent on franking credits in 2018. Dr Sophie Bickford, Executive Director of the Biolinks Alliance said that “Three more years of inaction by our Federal government will have real consequences. Climate change isn’t an abstract concept anymore, it’s very real, and the impact of it on threatened species is already playing out in Victoria and across the country.” Platypus, Brush-tailed Phascogale (or Tuan), Greater Gliders and Barking Owls are just four of the 198 native animals under threat in Central Victoria. Another, the Regent Honeyeater is Australia’s most threatened songbird. Once common throughout the south-east (including suburban Sydney and Melbourne), the population has crashed since the 1960’s due to extensive land clearing. It is now on the verge of extinction, listed as critically endangered under national and international legislation. Best available data suggest that fewer than 400 individuals remain and population decline is ongoing.  Biolinks Alliance is working from the grassroots to turn this grim story around so our children and grandchildren can see Platypus in our creeks and rivers. Protecting the planet is the best legacy that people can leave for their kids and grandkids. Biolinks Alliance is ensuring that the significant momentum there is for community-driven conservation on public and private land in central Victoria is supported, coordinated and amplified - to restore the landscape at scale and address species extinction. Dr Bickford said the money raised will go towards the continued work of the organisation. “We’re looking down the barrel of another 3 years of hand-to-mouth existence and, frankly, we're not sure we’re going to make it without this support. And there are plenty of other organisations in the same boat.”  Find out more about the #franksgiving campaign, and make a tax-deductible donation at https://chuffed.org/project/franksgiving OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:25Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:22Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign-1 At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. Epson Australia joins the Energy Efficiency Council 2019-05-09T02:35:05Z epson-australia-joins-the-energy-efficiency-council Epson Australia has joined the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. The move is part of Epson’s continued commitment to sustainability and energy efficient technologies. It is this commitment which led Epson to integrate the inherent efficiencies of its PrecisionCore inkjet technology across its range of printers, in particular the WorkForce Enterprise series, which uses up to 87% less power than comparable laser printers.* Epson is the EEC’s newest Sponsor member, joining the ranks of industry leaders ANZ, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Signify.Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel said, “Over the past decade, the EEC has been a vehicle for bringing together individuals and organisations with a deep interest in energy efficiency, and for coordinating effort that drives change. Epson’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency is clear, and we are delighted to welcome them as one of our most senior and passionate members. We look forward to working with the team to further our shared goal of making sensible, cost effective demand side solutions standard practice across the Australian economy.” Epson Australia GM Craig Heckenberg said, “The decision to partner with the Energy Efficiency Council was an easy one because both organisations share common values when it comes to energy efficiency. Epson is playing an active role in helping Australian businesses reduce their energy consumption by delivering high quality products that require less energy to operate, without compromising on performance or cost.” Heckenberg continues, “We see businesses every day, taking practical steps to reduce their energy consumption but there is still more work to be done. Australian businesses are already switching to LED lighting and more carbon efficient air conditioning systems but another area that should also be considered is office equipment. Laser printers and copiers consume a high amount of energy when compared to a business inkjet printer such as Epson’s Workforce Enterprise. By simply switching your laser printer or copier to inkjet you can drive down energy costs even further, while continuing to make a positive contribution to the environment”.Epson Australia shares the EEC's ambitious aspirations for the sector and is integral to the development of innovative practice and an informed policy debate. Epson actively strives to provide products and services in a manner that fully supports its global and corporate philosophy of protecting the earth's environment and cooperating with the local community. As a result the company has had some notable achievements in the areas of environmental conservatism and sustainability including: • In 2002, Epson Australia became one of the first printer vendors in Australia to achieve certification to the International Standard ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System.The NSW Energy and Water Green Globe Awards had awarded Epson a Gold Medal in 2006 as part of the Energy Smart Business Program for having over 75% of its operation energy efficient.Epson Australia has also achieved finalist status three times for the 10 Year Sustainability Life Award at the Gold Green Globe awards.Epson Australia continuously sets aggressive targets for reduction of CO2 gas emissions, and re-uses or recycles (diverts from landfill) at least 60% of all waste emanating from its Head Office site in North Ryde.  Epson Australia also ensures on an ongoing basis that: • Environmental considerations are included and consistent in all aspects of the company’s business planning and operations. • Conservation of the use of raw materials and resources in the company’s operations to continually reduce the environmental impact of their business. • Compliance with all relevant environmental laws and regulations, ordinances, and other requirements. • Contribution to community discussion where these relate to the company’s operations through legislation and policies of environmental agencies. • Performance improvements through setting achievable environmental objectives and targets. • Regular reviews of the company’s ongoing activities, practices and procedures.  *Epson WorkForce Enterprise max power consumption of 320W is 87% less than the average of 22 laser counterpart 60 ppm+ models available in the Australian market as at 31 October 2018, based on manufacturers' own specifications. Concerns from CWA of NSW that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments 2019-05-07T21:30:16Z concerns-from-cwa-of-nsw-that-looming-election-stalling-drought-assistance-commitments Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW's State Conference continues in Albury today after delegates yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed a motion that calls for a firm and ongoing commitment to drought assistance from the country's major political parties. The association is also concerned the looming Federal Election is stalling the release of more information on initiatives announced in the Federal Budget, and announced by the Federal Government last week. "Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay," CWA of NSW State President Annette Turner said. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” Attached and below is a media release on the urgency motion. For further information or interview requests please let me know. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Concerns that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments The Country Women’s Association of NSW is urgently seeking assurances from both sides of politics on an ongoing commitment to drought assistance following concerns the upcoming Federal Election has thrown a shadow of uncertainty over future aid schemes for drought-stricken areas of the state. It follows an announcement last week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on new re-stocking and re-planting loans of up to $200,000 for farm businesses, part of a $500 million package that includes the establishment of a specific “Regional Investment Corporation” for the loans, once conditions improve. The package also includes funding for more rural financial counsellors. The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW at its State Conference in Albury yesterday, prior to a visit to the conference by Mr Morrison, expressed concerns that now the Government is in ‘caretaker mode’ pending the federal election, there is no further information available around the announcement and that the federal Opposition has not yet indicated its intention to support the scheme should it win the May 18 ballot. “As it stands the Opposition has even expressed some hesitation at the issuing of concessional loans, which means if we have a change of government, we may not see the program get off the ground at all,” said Annette Turner, CWA of NSW State President. “We are calling for all major political parties to state their support for this scheme. Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” The motion of urgency, which was unanimously carried by delegates, included a call for consideration of grants for farmers, as well as loans, Mrs Turner saying that while they welcomed concessional loans, they wanted the major parties to look further into grants, where appropriate. The motion encompassed the need for more information on the budget announcement of $5 million for the Country Women’s Association of Australia to assist with the ongoing allocation of drought assistance grants, along with a call for the streamlining and simplification of the Farm Household Allowance scheme, in the wake of ongoing complaints from applicants about the excessive ‘red tape’ around the scheme. “We have publicly applauded the Government for the funding for the CWA of Australia. And as we have proven, drought funding is in very good hands with the CWA, with the state associations efficiently, and at no cost, getting every dollar to where it is needed. However, we need all parties to confirm ongoing support for this. If there is a change of Government we need to know that all parties support this important work,” Mrs Turner said. Several other urgency motions around water security for regional communities are also due to be discussed by delegates today, including one relating to the inadequate quality of town water in many regional areas and the need for greater transparency on decision-making under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, particularly relating to the allocation of water and the balance between social, economic and environmental factors in water management. The Better Packaging Co. helps L'Oréal kick sustainability goals 2019-05-02T23:13:02Z the-better-packaging-co-helps-l-oreal-kick-sustainability-goals MEDIA RELEASE 3 MAY 2019 The Better Packaging Co. helps L'Oréal kick sustainability goals Starting from today, Garnier, L'Oréal Paris, and Maybelline product send outs will use zero-waste, fully recyclable and photodegradable ØPACKS from The Better Packaging Co. The partnership evolved as a demonstration of L’Oréal’s Sustainability Commitment, which among other things, pledges to optimise packaging and reduce waste. “We developed the Better Packaging Co. for exactly this kind of collaboration,” director of The Better Packaging Co. Kate Bezar said. “We make it simple for companies like the L'Oréal group to directly substitute their current packaging for more sustainable alternatives.” The ØPACKS are part of The Better Packaging Co.’s innovative range which is at the forefront of emerging sustainable materials technology, actively reducing plastics in the environment through innovation. ØPACKS are made from limestone off-cuts from the construction industry and turned into packaging using only renewable solar power, no water, acid or bleaches and generating no waste or greenhouse emissions - hence the name ØPACKS = ‘Zero Packs’. In addition to ØPACKS, The Better Packaging Co. supplies a range of certified 100% home compostable courier satchels and poly bags as well as labels and tape currently in development. “We can help businesses reduce their environmental impact and reach their sustainability goals with affordable and easy to implement alternatives to plastics,” co-Director Rebecca Percasky said. ENDS ABOUT THE BETTER PACKAGING CO Founded by experienced businesswomen Kate Bezar and Rebecca Percasky, The Better Packaging Co. designs revolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy – a circular economy in which generating waste is not an option and the earth’s resources are not treated as infinite. Their focus is on sustainable packaging solutions for eCommerce, the food industry and retail. Their growing list of clients includes Marcs, David Lawrence, Karen Walker, Incu, Roxy, Buddy Franklin, WelleCo, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, RipCurl, Sendle, Quay eyewear,  Tigerlily, Assembly Label, L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline. https://betterpackaging.co/ Global Gifting Site Tackles Mother’s Day waste 2019-05-01T03:50:45Z global-gifting-site-tackles-mother-s-day-waste Social media has become a daily staple in almost everyone’s life. So, it comes as no surprise that a perfectly wrapped gift topped with a bow is considered Insta-worthy. The pretty packaging, however, lasts only minutes before being torn apart and tossed aside. Australians use over 150,000 km of wrapping paper during Christmas alone - enough to wrap almost 4 times around the Earth’s equator. This Mother’s Day, kids of all ages have the chance to make a difference by opting to gift an experience to their mum instead of buying a product that adds to the waste problem. Jackie Babbage, Co-Founder Gifting Owl, the world’s largest online adventure gifting platform said waste can be avoided by choosing clean gift alternatives. “Consumers are becoming more and more aware of their environmental footprint and we are here to offer them a more sustainable gift giving option,” Ms Babbage said. “Children of all ages want to give their mum a gift they’ll remember and treasure forever and those memories are most likely to come from an actual adventure or experience she‘s had. “We call it guilt-free gifting. “In making sustainable gift choices both the gift giver and recipient gain a real sense of pleasure from the whole gifting process because they’re not contributing to waste.   “Depending on the experience, your mum will make new connections to places, people and cultures. “If the kids join in on the experience, the family bonding that happens along the way is an added bonus.” According to Psychological Science, spending money on experiences provides more enduring happiness. Australians collectively spent around $11 billion a year as of 2018 on gifts in which they received over 20 million unwanted gifts. This creates a waste trail that expands indefinitely over the years. Operating exclusively online, Gifting Owl enables its customers to purchase experiences as gifts from any part of the world, regardless of the occasion with all vouchers valid for three years from the date of purchase. Ms Babbage said there were multiple environmental advantages to purchasing Gifting Owl experiences. “All gift vouchers are fully transferrable across the range of our experiences, which reduces the gift giver’s risk of spending money on a voucher that will never be used,” Ms Babbage said. “All vouchers are delivered electronically, eliminating the need for a physical piece of paper to redeem the gift.   “These benefits drastically reduce the potential for both financial and landfill waste.” ENDS   Media Contact: Jackie Babbage 0407179895 or jackie@giftingowl.com www.giftingowl.com END NOTES National Storage https://www.nationalstorage.com.au/blog/christmas-waste-australia/ The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/buy-experiences/381132/ New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Spill Kit Guidelines Launched By AusSpill 2019-04-18T06:04:22Z spill-kit-guidelines-launched-by-ausspill Over the last 20 years, spill kits have evolved to become a critical piece of safety and emergency response equipment. They are referred to in Australian Standards relevant to many different industries, and various codes of practice in force throughout Australia. Their importance is recognised by both environment and safety regulators in all jurisdictions. A group of Australian spill control manufacturers and importers created the AusSpill Association in 2012. AusSpill was formed to provide a voice for the spill control industry, in an effort to encourage better regulation of spill response and control products. Once of the ways that AusSpill intends to do this is through the eventual development of an Australian Standard. AusSpill has received letters of support encouraging the development of an Australian Standard for spill kits from various bodies, including the Safety Institute of Australia, National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, NSW EPA and SA EPA. As a first step towards the creation of an Australian Standard, in November 2018 AusSpill members formulated an approved a set of guidelines that describe the appearance of mobile spill kit bins and also recognise a standard test method to accurately measure the sorbent capacity of those kits. Those guidelines have been adopted by AusSpill’s members. The AusSpill spill kit guidelines have been developed in response to discussions with regulators, industry associations and other stakeholders. A constant thread in these discussions is that the inconsistent range of colours and performance of spill response kits presents a risk for responders, community and the environment where incorrect use of the products can create a safety and environmental hazard. These industry wide spill kit issues have been raised in letters in support for an Australian Standard for spill kits received from various stakeholders. Lime green has been identified by AusSpill members as the ideal spill bin colour for two primary reasons. It is highly visible and is “readily identifiable” as described in AS1940:2017¹. The second reason for lime green spill bins is that this colour does not conflict with AS4123.7, which designates colours used to identify mobile waste bins. Waste bin colours designated in this standard include red, blue and yellow, which have also historically been used for spill kits. To assist spill kit consumers in having a clear understanding of spill kit performance, AusSpill members have adopted BS7959-3:2007 as the standard test method for all sorbent products included in the spill kits. By providing full clarity on spill kit absorbency performance, consumers will be better able to meet their obligations by ensuring they have sufficient equipment to deal with any foreseeable spills². The AusSpill guidelines are not an Australian Standard or a requirement of legal compliance. Manufacturers are not required to adhere to these guidelines, but AusSpill members believe that transitioning to the lime green spill kit bins and a uniform standard test method will provide a genuine net benefit for all spill kit users and the wider community. For more information visit http://ausspill.com.au/resources/standard-for-spill-response-kits-faqs and http://ausspill.com.au/standard-for-spill-response-kits   1.       AS1940:2017 Storage and hanfling of flammable and combustible liquids: Section 2.3.4, AS1940:2017 Section 9.4.2   Published by Standards Australia 2.       CODE OF PRACTICE: Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace, pg 36. Published by Safe Work Australia FREELANCER.COM OFFERS $12,500 TO CLEAN UP YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN #FREELANCERCLEAN UP #TRASHTAG CHALLENGE! 2019-04-14T22:58:48Z freelancer-com-offers-12-500-to-clean-up-your-neighbourhood-in-freelancerclean-up-trashtag-challenge $12,500 TO CLEAN UP YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD! Would you clean up for $12,500? 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Soil Matters Clay & Compost is a 3-in-1 formula containing Soil Solver kaolin clay, rock minerals and mature compost. The premium ingredients create a loam like soil texture that holds more water, more nutrients and boost soil life. “We’re always looking to develop quality products that make gardening easier for our customer. Sandy soils and lack of water are our greatest challenges in WA and when you add this to our increasingly busy lifestyle maintaining a garden can be a real challenge. Soil Matters Clay & Compost is a more permanent solution that results in a healthier and easier to maintain garden.” – General Manager Gen Bailey said. Soil Matters Clay & Compost is a Smart Approved Watermark and Waterwise Approved product. It is the perfect soil preparation product for new lawns, gardens and vegetable beds based on sandy soil. The Bailey family have been involved in the horticultural industry since 1926. Now in their fourth generation of family management, they develop, manufacture and distribute their premium products from Kwinana, Western Australia. -ENDS-