The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-05T04:17:57Z EcoTools release new spa and body essentials 2020-08-05T04:17:57Z ecotools-release-new-spa-and-body-essentials EcoTools, the leader in eco-conscious beauty products, most notably known for their incredibly soft cosmetic brushes, is excited to launch their new range of spa and body essentials. The new facial and body cleansing accessories are the perfect way to look and live beautifully this winter, and are available now from www.ecotools.com.au. Erica Galea, Chemcorp International Marketing Director, the local distributors of EcoTools says, “The new range of spa and body products are a great addition to the EcoTools range and further enhance the DIY at-home beauty experience. “The new products now offer users the opportunity to create their own, eco-friendly at-home day spa which can be used in conjunction with their regular cleansing and exfoliating products or by creating their own home-made masks and scrubs,” said Erica. The new products in the range include: EcoTools Deep Cleansing Brush – RRP $12.95: This soft bristle brush delivers a deep skin cleanse by not only helping the skin looked polished at a surface level but reduces congestion and pore size. Simply use the brush whilst damp, apply cleanser and exfoliate the skin using circular motions. Available in pink, green and grey. EcoTools Charcoal Infused Bath Cloth – RRP $12.95: Made with recycled fibres and designed with bamboo charcoal to help purify, enrich and restore balance back into the skin, this 100% vegan and latex free woven cleansing cloth gently exfoliates the skin. Use whilst wet and apply cleansing product. EcoTools Facial Konjac Sponge – RRP $12.95: The new Facial Konjac Sponge cleanses and exfoliates in one simple step, giving the skin a smooth and glowing look, without the harsh irritation of a physical scrub. Designed with natural root vegetable fibre to gently remove dirt, oil and makeup, dampen the sponge, apply cleanser and use circular motions to lift and remove makeup. EcoTools Polishing Facial Cloths – RRP $11.99: These muslin polishing facial cloths are designed with organic cotton to remove dirt, oil and makeup for fresh and revived skin. To use, apply and massage cleanser onto face as usual, run the cloth under warm water and lightly wring out, then use the cloth to wipe away the cleanser. Rinse and repeat as needed. All EcoTools products are available online now at www.ecotools.com.au. About EcoTools: Founded over a decade ago, EcoTools has always been passionate about the use of sustainable materials. Each makeup brush is made from bamboo and recycled aluminium, with cruelty-free synthetic bristles. The packaging has been constructed using tree-free paper and vegetable-based inks. And, with every new product innovation, the brand endeavours to further reduce its carbon footprint. EcoTools believe that when an individual truly feels beautiful, the world becomes a more beautiful place. NEW ‘HEALTH REPORT’ CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO QUEENSLAND’S CONTAINER RECYCLING SCHEME 2020-08-03T06:20:26Z new-health-report-calls-for-improvements-to-queensland-s-container-recycling-scheme Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme (CRS) has come under fire in an independent health report that calls for greater transparency and reporting, an increased number of refund locations and expansion to the types of bottles and cans which can be returned. Total Environment Centre (TEC) has today released the comprehensive report with information from its own investigations, public data and the Queensland Productivity Commission. TEC compiled the report after an independent critique conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers last year into the system’s operations was never released, despite continuous calls to make the data available. Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme has now been operating for two years and in its report, TEC found serious inadequacies with the system, including that it is more expensive than the New South Wales scheme, and has an unacceptably high ratio of refund points to population (1 refund point per 39,000 people in SEQ, compared with 1 for every 12,000 in NSW and 1 for every 2,500 in best performing European countries). TEC Executive Director Jeff Angel said the purpose of the report was to highlight the challenges the system faces to ensure Queensland has the best possible recycling scheme. “Queenslanders currently return about 40 per cent (%) of eligible containers via the new network but the scheme has a target return rate of 85%, or 2.5 billion containers every year, by the 2021/22 financial year, so there’s still a long way to go,” Mr Angel said. Mr Angel said the report contained eight recommendations. “Some of those recommendations are very practical, like calling for more refund points to be located at key retail centres and supermarkets, so Queenslanders can recycle their containers as part of their weekly shop,” Mr Angel said. “We also want the Queensland operator to work with other States to look at expanding eligible containers to include things like wine and milk bottles to greater reduce litter and waste.” Mr Angel said several of the recommendations centred around the way the private group, Containers for Change (CoEX) operated the system. “There needs to be greater transparency regarding the system’s progress and performance, and CoEX, which is registered as a not-for-profit, should publish public reports which include budget and strategies.  The Qld Productivity Commission was very strong on this. Scheme data should be subject to an independent audit to ensure its accuracy.’’ “CoEX should also engage in consultation with the public, including environment and community groups, on the effectiveness and expansion of the Container Refund Scheme. This dialogue has been noticeably absent over the past two years.” TEC’s full Health Report can be accessed here. What to expect when selling during a pandemic 2020-08-03T04:11:28Z what-to-expect-when-selling-during-a-pandemic Adrian Wilson, Principal and Director of AYRE Real Estate, shares what he and the team at Sydney’s awarding-winning apartment focused agency have experienced through the pandemic to date, and advice for homeowners selling now. “The Covid-19 pandemic has no doubt had a significant impact overall on the Australia property market, however within our inner-city marketplace we’re finding that what many may initially perceive to be a negative is turning into a positive for vendors. “It’s a fact that one impact has been the reduction in the numbers of people inspecting properties, and although there have been less, we’re actually getting more qualified and serious buyers, rather than the window shoppers or existing building residents which is great,” says Adrian. Adrian Wilson’s 5 things that homeowners selling now should expect include: Longer days on market for private treaty and shorter days on market for Auction. Many sellers are accepting pre-auction offers, which is reducing the days on market. Whether you’re selling via Auction or Private Treaty, often the best offers come in within the first week or so, so be prepared to jump on a genuine offer at the right level. Unlike in a booming market where you might expect more buyer interest or competition in the weeks leading up to auction, that’s not necessarily the case right now and many qualified, ready-to-go buyers are usually inspecting and offering in week one, or even pre-market. Less buyers through the door. But don’t panic, even though we are experiencing lower numbers, those who are coming through are generally more qualified. This isn’t a bad thing, as it means that serious buyers have a better opportunity to engage with the agent and inspect the property in detail. Increased advertising. Now is not the time to skimp on the advertising budget. Your agent should be proposing a well-rounded, wide-net approach or its likely you will be missing crucial buyer opportunities. It’s more important than ever to invest in a quality campaign. Surprises! Some properties are still running away at auction, achieving price records and setting new benchmarks, while other properties that should sell really well are falling flat. Sellers need to be realistic but also open to the element of surprise, in this market, anything can happen. More scrutiny. If you were planning on changing the curtains and carpet, then do it. Every hurdle in today’s market means buyers calculate price revisions. Have the property presenting its best. If it’s a strata scheme, make sure you have a strata search report done pre-market or if it’s a home have a pest and building report done, so buyers can easily review the property and you can attract higher levels of interest quickly. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists deliver apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. They were also recently awarded Best New Office in the REB Awards 2020. www.ayre.com.au Top 5 Op Shop Delights with Justine Wilson 2020-08-03T02:58:54Z top-5-op-shop-delights-with-justine-wilson According to Sydney Property Stylist and Interior Designer Justine Wilson, now is the time to Op Shop, with ‘through the roof’ sales reported this month. Due to the lockdowns across the country, many have had the time to finally Marie Kondo or simply did a clean-up out of sheer boredom. Due to this, places like Vinnies, the Red Cross and local charity shops are full to the brim with new stock. Justine Wilson, Founder of Vault Interiors says, “There are many amazing interior finds at these places, especially as many people have been clearing out, decluttering and redoing their interiors over the quarantine period. “Any good stylist will tell you they not only source beautiful home decor at top end shops, but they also enjoy the hunt and thrill of finding home decor bargains at Op Shops. It’s also a great way to create a more authentic gathered and travelled home feel, without the price tag. Plus, it’s a good way too epicycle and be more sustainable in the home,” said Justine. Justine’s top five items to shop for at Op Shops - that look top end when styled, include: 1. Wooden bowls, platters and serving trays. These were big in the 60’s and 70’s and have made a comeback as we lean more towards natural and organic interiors. You can find many cool shapes and wooden tones from whitewash and teak, to stained woods. Wooden bowls make great fruit bowls for your kitchen, it’s even nice to have a cluster of sizes and separate your fruits in an aesthetic manner. 2. Crystal. All types! This extends to decanters, glassware, bowls and cute little catch-all trays. Etched crystal is beautiful and can be a great way to display jewellery on your dresser, or use a crystal vessel with lids in the bathroom filled with q tips and cotton balls. Or, a crystal decanter and glass set will jazz up your bar cart with a nod to old-world glamour. 3. Design books. Trade secret shhh! I source a lot of beautiful coffee table books from Op Shops. The trick is to buy the large oversize books and preferably with dust jackets - sure the jacket may be torn so the trick is to throw it away and you have a lovely hardcover book left. They are usually solid linen covers underneath, and look great stacked on your bookshelf, coffee table or console table. 4. Pottery. Who doesn’t love finding vintage pottery! they make the best bookshelf styling pieces or for your floral displays. Neutral tone pottery is very in right now and very expensive to buy new, whereas I have found beautiful pottery vases for around $8 at op shops. There are many options, bowls, vessels, vases, small coasters. It will introduce a more earthy, handmade element into your home. 5. Ceramics. 80’s shape vases and bowls in geometric or rounded patterns are very in, think ribbed lines, or fan shapes, colours come in in peach, white, black and terracotta pinky tones. They make great standalone decor items but also wonderful table centrepieces, especially if you pair them with pretty olive tree branches or similar greenery. For further tips and topics from Justine Wilson go to: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Pizzini Wine's new Care & Share packs are like sending a ‘hug from Nonna’. 2020-07-30T22:04:01Z pizzini-wine-s-new-care-amp-share-packs-are-like-sending-a-hug-from-nonna Generous hospitality has always been front and centre at Pizzini Wines, the King Valley winery in North East Victoria, owned and run by the Pizzini family who have farmed the land there for three generations. Before the COVID pandemic hit, that often started with a true Italian-style, warm welcome to cellar door that could sometimes feel like a hug from Nonna. During these crazy times a big hug from Nonna is exactly what many of us crave. So today, Pizzini have launched a series of carefully curated ‘Care & Share’ packs designed to encourage people all over Australia to send some warm Pizzini hospitality to those who might need a little boost. You might even need it yourself. Natalie Pizzini, third generation family member and Marketing Director of Pizzini Wines says that being kind and generous right now – both to others and to ourselves – is a powerful antidote to everything that’s going on. And it’s exactly this type of care that her grandparents famously modelled. “Nonna and Nonno’s kindness and generosity was legendary and still to this day we have people drop into cellar door to tell us stories of when their mum and dad worked on our farm in the 60s and 70s alongside our family. They were told the stories of how Rosetta and Roberto Pizzini helped them during tough times whilst they were working hard share farming to establish a new life in Australia” said Ms. Pizzini.  “We wanted to create an easy way for people to send some of this Pizzini hospitality to those who might really appreciate it right now,” continued Ms. Pizzini. “So, we gathered some of our favourite products from our cooking school and our cellars and packaged them together for the first time.” Pizzini’s range of Care & Share packs start from $68.00 which includes delivery anywhere in Australia, and you can have a personal message included so your recipient knows you are thinking of them. You might even want to treat yourself! To spread the Pizzini hospitality even further, Pizzini are also offering you the chance to tag a friend and use the hashtag #pizzinicareandshare which will automatically put them in the weekly draw for a special 'care and share' pack from the Pizzini family.    2020 is tough. Wine chicks are tougher. The 6th annual Australian Women in Wine Awards open next week. 2020-07-30T05:51:12Z 2020-is-tough-wine-chicks-are-tougher-the-australian-women-in-wine-awards-open-next-week In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) proudly announces that it opens for entries on Tuesday 4th August.  The ravaging impacts of drought, fire, flood and a global pandemic mean that, in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not necessarily mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, creatively retaining staff, pivoting to find new markets, navigating times of uncertainty, utilising leadership skills, breaking new ground and holding your space. These are just some of the achievements the AWIWA wants to uncover through the awards in this most unprecedented of times. “We need stories of celebration and triumph this year more than ever,” says Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair. “We’ve amended our criteria for each award to reflect the situation we’re all now living in. We think that 2020 could actually be the most powerful year yet for these awards as they reveal the stories of grit and determination by the women in our industry that may perhaps otherwise go untold.” The 2020 award categories are:  ·      Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin ·      Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia ·      Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination ·      Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Langton’s ·      Champion of Diversity and Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape & Wine ·      Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Bacchus Academy ·      Woman of Inspiration - a judges’ choice award (no entry required) Entries close on 29 September, and the winners will be announced in a livestream broadcast on Tuesday 24th November. Once again, cities, towns and wine regions will be encouraged to host their own awards party whilst tuning in. The AWIWA pioneered this style of online wine awards ceremony when the awards launched in 2015, and again in 2016. It was not until 2017 (in London with Wine Australia) that there was a traditional, real-life awards ceremony. “We’re going back to where it all started,” continued Ms. Thomson. “This method of announcing the winners actually ensures more people can participate and be part of the excitement of the evening. It will also allow gatherings of people in small numbers - dependent on the COVID restrictions in each state at that time.” The awards are entirely funded by sponsorship. This year the AWIWA is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Platinum Partner is Portavin. While the 2020 Gold Partners are Hydra Consulting, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Langton’s and Wine Business Magazine.     *** ENDS ***   About the Australian Women in Wine Awards Started in 2015, and now in its sixth year, the Australian Women in Wine Awards are the world’s first and only awards platform for women in wine. The AWIWA works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.   The awards are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders. This 2020 board includes Jeni Port, Corrina Wright, Toni Carlino, Sarah Collingwood, Alexia Roberts and Shirley Fraser. Media contact - Lara Jago 0416 355 070 laraj@fabulousladieswinesociety.com   The Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving! 2020-07-28T04:02:29Z the-fathers-day-gift-that-keeps-on-giving Make Dad’s day this Father’s Day with the gift that keeps on giving all year round, with a world first, fully automated, Swiss made, JURA ENA 8 coffee machine. The compact, one-cup design is the first coffee machine in the world housed from solid aluminum and is available now online from www.au.jura.com for $1,999. From the 1st August to the 13th September, JURA Australia will be celebrating Dad’s around the country by providing a JURA Starter Kit valued at $200 with every purchase. The Starter Kit includes, a 500ml Glass Milk Container and a 3-month coffee subscription via local roasters, CIRRUS Fine Coffee, amounting to 3kgs of freshly roasted coffee beans over the 3 months. The JURA ENA 8 includes the following features and benefits: Small – Only 27.1 cm wide, this one-cup machine will comfortably fit anywhere. Stunning – A cylindrical shaped water tank inspired by premium crystal carafes; a key highlight of the design. Simple – Easy to use 2.8” TFT display and clearly defined operating panels. Automatic filter type detection – RFID technology detects whether the CLARIS Smart is being used and adapts settings automatically. Freshly ground, not capsuled – Freshly extracted every time from whole coffee beans. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) optimises the aroma of a short ristretto or espresso. Fine foam technology – Creates airy, feather-light milk foam. 10 specialties at the touch of a button – including flat white which pours coffee first and espresso doppio which grinds, tempers and brews twice, with just one touch. Solid 3mm thick aluminum housing in the Massive Aluminium ENA 8 – the world’s first coffee machine housing from solid aluminium. The aluminum panels add 1.9kg to the overall weight of the machine. The JURA ENA 8 in Massive Aluminium is available now for RRP $1,999 online at www.au.jura.com as well as selected independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. Courtney Thorpe’s 5 things she wished she’d packed in her hospital bag 2020-07-28T03:30:23Z courtney-thorpes-5-things-she-wished-shed-packed-in-her-hospital-bag Courtney Thorpe, mum to 11-month old Kennedy and step-daughters Peyton (5) and Lara (7), shares the top five things she wishes she’d packed in her hospital bag, especially when her daughter arrived six weeks early. The former Miss World, TV presenter and wife of star footballer Jarrod Wallace shares the mistakes she made, and what she’ll be packing next time. Courtney says, “I found it really overwhelming and didn’t know where to start when it came to packing my hospital bag. There are some great lists out there, but your experience is going to determine what you pack. Plus, you really need to be prepared for the unknown, but also remember the shops are nearby. “Whether you’re giving birth early, planning on breast or bottle feeding, it will change what you need. I knew I was going to be in the hospital for a while, I thought I’d overpacked for myself, but it was Kennedy that I really went overboard with, I’d taken pretty much everything I’d bought for her!” said Courtney. For Baby Courtney suggests: Onesies: That zip both ways, this makes it some much easier for nappy changes, and only take a few, not 10! Swaddles: A couple is all you really need, and they can always be washed and brought back if you need more. Mittens: I didn’t use ours, but I know how cold hospitals can get, it also helps to avoid bub scratching their face. Going home outfit: I found this one the most fun to shop for! WaterWipes Baby Wipes: I didn’t know about these until I was given a sample in the NICU, we haven’t looked back since. For Mum Courtney wishes she had: Button-through everything: I learnt this the hard way. Learning to breastfeed is hard enough! Going home outfit for you: Buy this in the size you are when you go in, everything swells and if it ends up being too big you’ll feel great about yourself, rather than upset about not getting into your skinny leg jeans. WaterWipes Facial Wipes: There’s no time for a full cleanse in the morning and evening and with these wipes you can quickly clean your face without worrying about allergic reactions to nasty chemicals. High waisted pants and undies: Especially if you have a C-section, you never know so it’s the safest most comfortable option either way, say goodbye to the G-string for now. Dark coloured pants: I took all white pants. I’m sure the mums out there realise what an epic mistake that was! “My best tip is one that I only actually read about after my birth. Pack outfits into small bags so you or your partner can easily access them from your bag. After a C-section it can be quite uncomfortable having to bend down and get in there, let alone rummage through to find what you need,” said Courtney. About WaterWipes: WaterWipes Baby Wipes are the world’s purest baby wipes made in Ireland under clean room conditions with a unique water purifying process - especially important at times when hygiene is key. Proven to be purer than cotton wool and water, they are suitable for sensitive, newborn and premature baby’s skin. WaterWipes are also recommended by midwives* to help prevent nappy rash or skin irritations. They are made with just two ingredients: 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract and are the only baby wipe approved by Allergy UK and a proud sponsor of the Eczema Association Australasia. They are available in all major retailers. For more information, please visit: www.waterwipes.com or @waterwipesausnz & @waterwipesbeauty_ausnz on Instagram or facebook. *Baobag Research on 35 Midwives, Dec 2019 www.courtneythorpe.com.au @courtneythorpe_xx #thisisparenthood #covidmumlife #worldspurestbabywipes Cracking local Australian flavours 2020-07-24T04:07:54Z cracking-local-australian-flavours Australian family owned and run business, Tucker’s Natural has been cracking on to launch their latest range into Coles supermarkets nationally, in response to changing consumer needs. The newly released Artisan Range consists of 5 varieties and was developed exclusively for Coles. There is an exciting taste sensation for everyone including Hummus, Rosemary Linseed & Rock Salt, Tomato & Basil, Five Seed and Lemon Myrtle & Pepper. They are all Vegetarian with Five Seed being Vegan. All varieties are non-GMO, yeast free and palm oil free and a source of fibre.   Healthy and gourmet snack foods are projected to account for a larger proportion of the Snack Food Manufacturing industry's revenue over the next five years.   Healthier snack foods are expected to make up a greater share of consumer snacking habits. and are more likely to take share off products that are viewed by consumers as “less healthy”, like conventional potato chips, according to IBIS World on Snack Food Manufacturing in Australia outlook   “The leading supermarket chains have recognized these changing consumer trends We worked with Coles to deliver a cracker range more in tune with current consumer needs”, said Managing Director Sam Tucker.   “Coles also recognised that consumers are looking for Australian owned and made products, that have provenance tracing, as well as brands that they can trust to consume safely and who take environmental responsibility seriously. Tucker’s Natural ticks all of these boxes,” said Sam.     As an example, Tucker’s Natural takes pride in using local ingredients, and sourced the Lemon Myrtle, used in the Lemon Myrtle and Pepper Artisan Cracker, from Tumbeela Native Bushfoods in the Adelaide Hills. It is a hand crushed product, from leaves grown in the orchards of Ewa and Warren Jones. It has an exquisite flavour unlike lemon, limes, or lemon grass. Tumbeela also has a fan in world class chef Jock Zonfrillo.   Tucker’s Natural Artisan Crackers have an RRP of $4.00   ABOUT TUCKER’S NATURAL “Tucker’s Natural vision is simple- Better, naturally!” said owner, Sam Tucker. “We produce all-natural snacks that complement our customers healthy lifestyles. Always delivering on exceptional taste and with the aim of contributing positively to our customer’s lives.   Our brand is aligned with the changing demands of consumer snacking- all-natural, healthier, gourmet, functionality, premium, provenance, Australian owned and made, non-GMO, environmental responsibility, and food safe practices.   This is reflected in our brand packaging, with a personal message from me on the back of most of our packaging plus a picture of my beautiful family- Cindy, my very supportive partner and wife and our three boys, Zak, Axel and Jordan. Cindy and I believe in what we do, encouraged by what we want for our children which is a better and healthier world,” said Sam.   13 years ago, Sam Tucker with his wife Cindy, started the Tucker’s Natural Gourmet Cracker brand based on their personal philosophy of healthier quality eating. Sam is a qualified chef and a graduate of the ICHM (International College of Hotel Management) enabling him to develop a product that supported this philosophy. From the first range of Gourmet Crackers it has expanded to include Gluten Free Bites, Gourmet Bites, Fibre Packed Snack Crackers, Fruit Bites, Cheese & Cracker Snacks, Cracker & Dips Snacks and Fruit Pastes. Today it has added Artisan Crackers, Fruit and Seeded Crackers and the Australian Deli Lavosh ranges.   Based in Seaton, South Australia, this family owned business is a staunch supporter of other Australian businesses, sourcing where at all possible from local suppliers.   Any queries please contact Sam Tucker on 0417 736 522 or Diana Swanson on 0418 712 320 diana@tuckersnatural.com.au   www.tuckersnatural.com.au www.facebook.com/tuckersnatural/ www.instagram.com/tuckersnatural/     https://app.box.com/s/pfo0wzryzcwnbfh23qlax1e4hjwvrp6u  Image here END Introducing LAMAV Duos 2020-07-22T06:58:27Z introducing-lamav-duos Concerned about dull, dehydrated, lacklustre skin or have noticed those fine lines are becoming more prominent? LAMAV organic skin science has the perfect all-natural and certified organic solution thanks to their skin-brightening, ultra-hydration and age-defence duos. Each duo pack features a serum and moisturising cream formulated to be used together, to return the skin back to optimum health, containing clinically proven bio-actives to deliver results on the cellular level. Dr Tarj Mavi, founder and creator of LAMAV says, “Our duos are the perfect combination to restore skin health and maintain optimum hydration, while reducing the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation and rosacea. Many people think that if they use a serum, they don’t need to moisturise as well and vice versa, however this is not the case. For best results, we recommend using both products in conjunction.” LAMAV’s serums and moisturising creams are formulated to address specific skin concerns such as dullness, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles and over all ageing of the skin. Some of the highly-concentrated organic ingredients used across the duo collections include; vitamin C, natural hyaluronic acid, bisabolol, CoEnzyme Q10, green tea cranberry, paracress, bilberry, rumex occidentalis, licorice root, wakame, kakadu plum and chlorella vulgaris extracts, aloe vera juice, rose distillate and organic brown seaweed to name a few. These limited edition new LAMAV Duos are available now from lamav.com in the following combinations: LAMAV Skin Brightening Duo – RRP $89.90: Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum Rumex Advanced Lightening Crème LAMAV Ultra Hydration Duo – RRP $89.90: Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum Hyaluronan Daily Moisture Crème LAMAV Wrinkle Smoothing Duo – RRP $89.90: Commiphora Ultra Plumping Serum Bio VA5 Wrinkle Smoothing Day Crème About LAMAV: LAMAV is Australia’s first certified organic skincare brand to incorporate clinically proven bio-actives to deliver results on the cellular level. "……………..because no woman should have to sacrifice her health for beauty." With this vision in mind, 12 years ago, Tarj set out to create a beautiful range of certified organic and cruelty-free products to heal her hormonal pigmentation. After failing to find a product that was 100% natural and organic, and that actually worked, the former veterinarian and ingredient research scientist created her own skincare brand, LAMAV. A doctor with extensive expert knowledge and experience in research, coupled with an upbringing of herbal ayurvedic traditions, an abundance of active Australian native ingredients and natural cosmetic bio-actives at her doorstep, Tarj set out to formulate her own ritual and remedy, looking to nature for a solution. LAMAV was the very first 100% natural skincare range of products launched in Australia in 2008 to incorporate bio-actives in certified organic products. Tarj was a catalyst for approvals of some of these bio-actives to be incorporated in certified organic products. All of the products in the LAMAV range have been created by her and are based on combining ancient wisdom of nature and modern science. They source only the finest ingredients to create pure and potent formulations that deliver visible and long-lasting results. A key point of difference in this category is the fact that their products also contain bio-actives, which are naturally occurring molecules derived from plants, that have been clinically proven to have a high level of anti-wrinkle or anti-ageing activity. www.lamav.com National Traceability Advisory Group established to support Australian Industry and Government 2020-07-15T05:52:30Z national-traceability-advisory-group-established-to-support-australian-industry-and-government GS1 Australia, a not-for-profit standards organisation, has announced the establishment of an industry-led National Traceability Advisory Group. The Advisory Group will provide advice on global standards for trade and traceability based on industry need and aligned with the role of government to ensure Australian industry maintains and builds sustainable capability, international market access and global competitiveness. Marcel Sieira, Chief Customer Officer at GS1 Australia, says: “The primary objective of the Advisory Group is to inform GS1 Australia on the requirements of industry and government for traceability standards. “The group will play a key role in communicating, educating and co-defining a roadmap with industry and government for implementing end-to-end traceability and trade modernisation in Australia.”GS1 Australia will not only provide the secretariat support for this industry group as well as providing expert, trusted advice and global best practices.Ram Akella, Business Partner focusing on Product Traceability within the Woolworths Group has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Group.Woolworths Group has been actively participating in shaping the National Traceability Framework and taking a leadership position in demonstrating new ways to enable full traceability from the farm to the store.Ram Akella says: “Global supply chains are continually being tested. This has been made more evident through recent, unprecedented events such as the global pandemic. “Australian industry is well-positioned to lead and leverage the next wave of transformation and innovation in global and domestic markets based on enhanced traceability and trust.“This transformation will require all sectors of industry and government to align on open global identification and data standards. The Advisory Group is a key step in bringing together key industry stakeholders from all sectors of the economy and segments of our supply chain who share a common interest in enhancing product traceability.”Invitations to key industry and government stakeholders are being sent out to join the group. To register your interest, please visit: https://www.gs1au.org/ngtag.About GS1 GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works with industry, for industry, providing global standards and technology-neutral services to help solve the business challenges of today and for the future. GS1 develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. Media contactTracey Kelly-JenkinsMarketing Program ManagerGS1 AustraliaEmail: tracey.kelly-jenkins@gs1au.org Spice up your Isolation cooking 2020-07-14T05:48:32Z spice-up-your-isolation-cooking Media Release For immediate release Spice up your Isolation cooking with Foodie Trials all new Spice Experience Box   With Foodie Trials regular tours and cooking classes in hibernation, owner of  Himanshi Munshaw Luhar found herself with time she doesn’t usually have. This has given the business a chance at a new creative opportunity in the form of a Spice Experience Box.  “I love spices, I love the way they can transform a meal and open up your senses. I love sharing the stories of how spices have forged the way for travels and ingrained themselves in a new cuisine” says Munshaw Luhar   This is an experience much like a tour or a class, but it comes into your home. When you order the spice box for yourself or a FOODIE lover. Foodie Trails will send out this carefully curated and beautifully presented gift box with carefully selected single-origin spices, sourced from local Victorian shops. With the spices is a recipe book written Munshaw Luhar’s sister Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal author and food historian. These easy to use recipes, will transform the contents of your fridge and pantry. The spice experience continues online with exclusive access to a series of online spice masterclasses, where Munshaw Luhar shares the origins of the spices, their travels, their health benefits and how to prepare them and use them in your daily cooking. Additionally, the experience also includes curated content of cooking demonstrations, additional links to recipes and videos of travel, spice markets, and the growing and sourcing of the spices from the farms. The Spice Experience gift box is priced at just $79 and can be ordered through the website at www.foodietrails.com.au/spicebox   “There is so much to know and share about the joys of cooking with spices and I can't wait to share it with you. Mother’s often play such a key role in kids’ lives around food and cooking so I’ve been especially excited to get it ready in time for mother’s day giving families the chance to experiment in isolation cooking” says Munshaw Luhar.     For Further information and images please contact   Email: Himanshi@foodietrails.com.au Web: https://www.foodietrails.com.au/spicebox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodietrails Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/foodietrailsau/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/foodietrails   About Foodie Trails Melbourne based Foodie Trails brings people together for cultural experiences. Foodie Trails cultural food walks, home-style cooking classes and festivals introduce guests to new foods, backgrounds and a different viewpoint. Breaking down cultural barriers and stereotypes in a relaxed and enjoyable setting, we share a meal because "nothing brings people together like good food" P. Princi Food Services: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World 2020-07-13T04:14:39Z p-princi-food-services-meeting-the-challenges-of-a-changing-world P. Princi Food Services has undergone many changes during its long history, all of which have been designed to ensure families have convenient access to the highest quality meat and poultry available. Owner Joe Princi takes the company’s responsibilities to consumers seriously and is still providing direct-to-door delivery services to meet changing needs. The butcher is well-known for its extensive selection of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and its award-winning Perth ham. With meats and prepared dishes for any occasion, consumers can purchase just what they need for a special event, a week’s worth of meals, or enough to fill their freezer. The Perth meat delivery service has faced many challenges throughout its history and has risen to the occasion each time. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns, the company never faltered and continued to provide online ordering and home delivery for a flat $10 delivery fee within 10k of the store and $30 for all other locations. To provide customers with the healthiest possible meats, the Perth online butcher has created partnerships with local producers for a gate-to-plate strategy that provides affordability for retail customers and wholesale clients. It’s also a sustainable solution that provides meat that’s 100 percent free of chemicals, gluten, and nitrates. The online meat delivery Perth has won multiple awards in the most prestigious industry competitions for its products, maintains consistently positive reviews by customers, and a reputation for exceptional quality. To reward customers for their loyalty, the company offers a P. Princi Points program that awards points for each purchase. When 50 points has been accrued, a $5 voucher is provided that customers can redeem on their purchases. Throughout seven generations, the family-owned business has established close relationships with families, along with producers, restaurants, and other businesses throughout the area. Joe Princi is known by his peers as a pioneer and innovator that constantly works to improve the consumer experience and meet the changing needs of every customer that the butcher business serves. About P. Princi Food Services The Princi family has been working in the butchering industry for seven generations – both in Italy and in Perth. The tradition began when Pasquale Princi immigrated to Australia in the early 1950s. He immediately obtained a butcher’s job and opened his first store in the early 1960s. The company has won dozens of awards in numerous categories across Australia, earning his son Joe, who is currently in charge of the business, a reputation as a pioneer among his peers. The company was the Outright Gold Winner of the 2015 Pork Steak Your Claim Competition; won the Gold in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Gold in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Silver in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; and the Silver in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Foods Awards. Media Contact P. Princi Food Service Phone: (08) 9314 2494 Email: butchershop@princicodservices.com.au Website: https://princifoodservices.com Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July 2020-07-09T22:49:08Z easy-swap-outs-to-kick-start-your-plastic-free-july Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July  Tasmanian eco company SUSTOMi challenges Australians to clean up their plastic habits Four simple swap-out challenges to try at home Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   During the Great Depression years, this New England proverb began circulating to encourage frugality in the community. Fast-forward to 2020 and the sentiment couldn’t be more topical. With Australian state borders closed and international travel at a stand-still due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic, Aussies are spending more time at home and importantly, more time in the kitchen. With the hospitality industry taking a serious knock, supermarket perishable goods spending has increased by 14.5% and non-perishables by 11.8% since last year (ABS, May 2020). With all this redirected supermarket spending and home cooking in 2020, Tasmanian eco enterprise, SUSTOMi, has launched its Swap Out Challenge to inspire low waste lifestyles in Australian homes.   “SUSTOMi’s Swap Out Challenge is our way of supporting the national Plastic Free July initiative,” said SUSTOMi founder and director, Bronwyn Kidd.   The Swap Out Challenge is approachable for all households: families, share-houses, couples and savvy singles. Each week in July, SUSTOMi will share inspiration on their social media platforms to encourage Australians to change their plastic consumption habits.   “We believe low waste is far more approachable than the zero waste movement. We want all Aussies to have a go, challenge themselves toward low waste lifestyles, which starts with bringing conscious awareness to your own habits at home, then maybe influencing your extended family and friends,” added Kidd.   SUSTOMi’s Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenge has already commenced. The first challenge? Swap out cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps. SUSTOMi produces their own beeswax wraps from their studio in Hobart and have made it even easier to maintain the sustainability of these products by offering DIY re-waxing kits.   The remaining Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenges by SUSTOMi include replacing plastic zip-lock bags or containers with silicone food pouches, replacing plastic lunch boxes with metal tins or waxed canvas lunch bags and replacing plastic shopping bags with eco-friendly produce bags. Conveniently, SUSTOMi has sourced all of these swap-out items for review on their website.   So, the challenge is set. During July and beyond, can Australians do better at home to reduce single-use plastics?   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   Learn more about adapting to a low waste lifestyle through SUSTOMi’s podcast, Life Freshly Sorted: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #plasticfreejuly #swapoutchallenge   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.   IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/home/SUSTOMi/SUSTOMi%20PR%20IMAGES   GS1 and Manbulloo create next level ‘whole-of-chain’ tracking 2020-07-08T05:39:12Z gs1-and-manbulloo-create-next-level-whole-of-chain-tracking Manbulloo is Australia’s largest grower of mangoes, specialising in the world-renowned mango variety, Kensington Pride. The company takes ‘pride’ in delivering fresh, sweet mangoes to customers in Australia and overseas. The company has been supplying delicious fruit to its retail partner since 2005 and has worked closely with GS1 Australia for the past seven years, proactively helping to drive industry forward with technology and advancements in data sharing. Manbulloo wanted to improve the process of information flow in their supply chain, particularly the effectiveness and efficiency of communications and business operations between Manbulloo, their ripeners and their customers.Scott Ledger, Quality Manager at Manbulloo says, “Our supply chain was fragmented and errors occurred during marketing as timely information was difficult to obtain, or we weren’t able to share it efficiently.” Each partner in the supply chain operated their own proprietary information system. It was difficult for information, such as fruit temperature and ripeness levels, to be shared as the data was only directly available to Manbulloo. Other members of the supply chain had to rely on Manbulloo sending the information by email. Other information was communicated verbally by telephone, reliant on people being available 24/7. Information was often received last minute and under pressure, resulting in errors, impacting heavily on all members in the chain.Manbulloo’s vision was to have one product identification and traceability system for the whole supply chain. One that each member could access. As well as a carton identifier that anyone in the chain could scan to identify the history of the fruit as the carton moved through the chain. Marie Piccone, CEO at Manbulloo says, “What we needed was a ‘whole of chain’ information system that could be accessed by each member of the supply chain and information shared timely and accurately.” Manbulloo already had GS1 barcoding embedded in their operations. Each piece of fruit was identified by a GS1 Databar label. It made sense to expand the use of the GS1 barcodes to provide improved communications and traceability up and down the supply chain. Ledger added, “The good thing was, because we used GS1, our supply chain partners didn’t need to upgrade or change their technologies. GS1 integrates with other systems including our crop management program and blockchain. The collective of information is available to us in real-time and allows for greater data insights. This leads to an increase and improvement in product knowledge, inventory control and product quality, all creating a better consumer experience.” Each Manbulloo mango is hand-picked and handled with care at every stage of the supply chain. Specially designed fruit trays are used to protect the delicate fruit during transport and handling, until it reaches its final destination, the supermarket shelf. For Manbulloo to achieve enhanced levels of communications and visibility throughout the chain, the trays also required unique identification. To address this, the mango giant switched their Freshtrack Gateway implementation to print GS1 serialised barcodes on their tray labels. This allowed every tray on every pallet from all seven Manbulloo farms and five pack houses to be tracked up and down the chain. Manbulloo also utilised Freshtrack FieldOp, an application developed by FreshTrack Systems to complete quality checks on mangoes in the packhouses. FreshTrack’s solution collects the information and generates the GS1 barcodes on the fruit trays and directly uploads to a blockchain system, in real-time and without any loss in performance. Other companies involved in the Manbulloo initiative were Trust Provenance and Muddy Boots Software. Trust Provenance provided Manbulloo with an integrity system that enabled all data points in the supply chain to be securely stored and accessed via the one platform. This data was secured by a distributed ledger infrastructure (aka blockchain) and made available to supply chain partners with permissions for who-sees-what. Data points included food safety certificates, real-time temperature data, quality assessments and the location of shipments. All tracked using the serialised barcodes on the mango trays. Each data point is added to the blockchain using GS1 EPCIS event data standards.With the whole-of-chain network in place, Manbulloo can enter a carton number and see throughout the supply chain, from packing shed to retailer, where all related mangoes are from that batch. It also allows for rapid reporting and because it links with each system in the supply chain (such as FreshTrack, Muddy Boots Software, Emerson, etc) it records, stores and makes information available in real-time, providing flow-on benefits for optimising quality control and management.Ledger says, “Using GS1 standards in conjunction with other technology solutions, we can now track every carton and every batch through the supply chain, from packing shed to retail shelf. Our order rejections at the retailer’s DC have reduced to very low levels. This is a major win for everyone in the supply chain as it saves an enormous amount of time and money.” Ultimately, the improvements in data management have helped Manbulloo increase the quality and integrity of their mangoes for consumers - today and for the future. More informationFind out more about Manbulloo visit www.manbulloo.comFor more about GS1 Australia and Traceability visit https://www.gs1au.org/traceabilityMedia contactTracey Kelly-JenkinsMarketing Program ManagerGS1 Australia8 Nexus Court | Mulgrave | VIC | 3170E Tracey.Kelly-Jenkins@gs1au.orgNational Number 1300 BARCODE (1300 227 263) www.gs1au.org