The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-09T02:35:05Z 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? Freelancer.com  offers $12,500 to #trashtag clean up the world   From Bangladesh to Boston, Delhi to Delaware, Johannesburg to Jerusalem, Freelancer.com is incentivising its 32 million strong freelancer army to join the #trashtag thousands globally in cleaning up the world, one beach, park, garden, road, car park at a time with a US$12,500 carrot to the winning cleaner! “About a month ago I saw Byron Roman had started #trashtag trending on reddit. We wanted to help and have put up $12,500 to the best clean up effort on the planet,” says Matt Barrie, the CEO and founder of Freelancer.com. To enter, all you have to do is clean up somewhere locally, post a before, during, and after photo on social media with the #trashtag and #freelancercleanup hashtags, and the best clean up wins the prize. All details are on our website too.“ To submit entries and find out about the contest brief, please visit: https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576.html Search for #trashtag #freelancercleanup on social media to see the current results. Freelancer.com is passionate about changing lives, whether it’s helping freelancers around the world gain a better quality of life, connecting businesses with enormously talented people who can help them reach new heights or leaving the planet in better shape than we found it. T his contest will end on May 10th, 2019.About ​Freelancer​ ® - Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 32 million registered users have posted over 15 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,350 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, astrophysics, aerospace and engineering. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup and growth conference, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet, and Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation.   ALL PHOTOS BELOW FROM THE CONTEST ENTRIES ARE AVAILABLE TO BE USED FREELY: 1. Animal hospital transformation in Bangladesh https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27054116 2. Pathway filled with waste in Nigeria https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27095728 3. Stream clean up in Colombia https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27146274 4. Canal clean up, waste segregation, recycling in the Philippines https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27139029 5. Clean up in Romania https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-26947642 6. Football field clean up in The Gambia https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27275789 7. River bank clean up in Nigeria https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27032973 8. Beach and camping site clean up in Angola https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27246133     Breakthrough in new gardening product hits the WA market 2019-04-12T07:05:11Z breakthrough-in-new-gardening-product-hits-the-wa-market Baileys Fertiliser have teamed up with Soil Solver, to create the ultimate gardening product for sandy soils, Soil Matters Clay & Compost. 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- The Better Packaging Co. secures prestigious SheEO funding 2019-04-10T03:58:49Z the-better-packaging-co-secures-prestigious-sheeo-funding The Better Packaging Co. has received a prestigious annual grant from SheEO, the global incubator for women entrepreneurs. “We’re delighted to be selected as a SheEO Venture, not only because it will help us expand globally, but because it’s an acknowledgement of our vision to create evolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy,” co-director Kate Bezar said. As a SheEO venture The Better Packaging Co receives a no-interest five-year loan, one year of coaching and support, and access to a network of women committed to supporting the business by opening their networks and leveraging their expertise and buying power. “We can help businesses reduce their environmental impact and reach their sustainability goals with affordable and easy to implement alternatives to single-use plastics,” co-Director Rebecca Percasky said. Since its launch, The Better Packaging Co. has grown its local and international client base to include major brands such as Roxy, WelleCo, Billabong and L’Oreal as well as eCommerce retailers of all sizes looking for affordable and sustainable alternatives to plastics for postal and courier deliveries. 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/ ABOUT SHEEO Launched in 2015 in Canada, this visionary model is emerging as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. The model brings together 500 women (called Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led Ventures selected by the Activators. All Ventures are revenue generating with export potential and are creating a better world through their business model or their product and service. Auckland's The Better Packaging Co. secures prestigious SheEO funding 2019-04-10T03:43:29Z auckland-s-the-better-packaging-co-secures-prestigious-sheeo-funding Auckland-based The Better Packaging Co. has received one of only five annual grants from SheEO, the global incubator for women entrepreneurs. “We’re delighted to receive this grant, not only because it will help us expand globally, but because it’s an acknowledgement of our vision to create evolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy,” co-director Kate Bezar said. As a SheEO venture The Better Packaging Co. receives a no-interest five-year loan, one year of coaching and support and access to a network of women committed to supporting the business by opening their networks and leveraging their expertise and buying power. “We can help businesses reduce their environmental impact and reach their sustainability goals with affordable and easy to implement alternatives to single-use plastics,” co-Director Rebecca Percasky said. Since its launch, The Better Packaging Co. has grown its local and international client base to include major brands such as Roxy, WelleCo, Billabong and L’Oreal companies looking for affordable and sustainable alternatives to plastics for postal and courier deliveries. 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/ ABOUT SHEEO Launched in 2015 in Canada, this visionary model is emerging as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. The model brings together 500 women (called Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led Ventures selected by the Activators. All Ventures are revenue generating with export potential and are creating a better world through their business model or their product and service. Perth’s leading supplier of washroom hygiene services and bathroom supplies. 2019-04-09T08:35:42Z perth-s-leading-supplier-of-washroom-hygiene-services-and-bathroom-supplies Hygiene Concepts have 20 years of dedication to keeping your washrooms clean and fresh. Hygiene Concepts works in partnership with its prime contractors/clients to ensure the most effective, efficient and timely services are delivered, adhering to all on-site codes of practice and complying with all Commonwealth, State and workplace Industrial Relations, Health, Safety and Environmental Acts. Hygiene Concepts well-trained staff will ensure that all your washrooms are maintained to the highest hygienic standards. All service technicians are both police cleared and hold a current Working with Children certificate.  We understand washroom hygiene services better than anyone in Western Australia, so we know the importance of fast response times when you need your hygiene equipment serviced. Our key services include sanitary bins, sanitising services, air fresheners, sharps disposal. Healthy forests, healthy bees, healthy people 2019-04-02T20:31:50Z healthy-forests-healthy-bees-healthy-people The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council has expressed concern over the misrepresentation of its views about sustainable forest management, which benefits the community at large. Peter McDonald, Chair of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said, ‘Despite reports in The Guardian, the beekeeping industry wishes to work collaboratively with the forestry industry and state governments to ensure access to resources in state forests.  ALL values and uses of the forests need to be recognised throughout Australia. ‘We intend to educate members of various state governments that access to multi age and mixed species in well managed forests is vital for both honey production and bee health before the pollination season, which varies from crop to crop, where bees are essential for productive crops and food security. ‘The beekeeping industry is open to discussion about ways to improve the management of forests for the benefit of all forest uses, including both forestry and beekeeping. ‘Policy makers need to understand that about 70 per cent of our honey is produced from native eucalypts in our forests. ‘The beekeeping industry appreciates being able to use current forestry infrastructure such as roads to access beekeeping sites. ‘We support the comments made by Minister Littleproud in response to the misrepresentation by The Guardian and understand he has re-iterated the importance of the beekeeping industry being a part of the Regional Forest Agreement process.  All values and uses need to be recognised in perpetuity through the RFA process. ‘If you want a glimpse of the disaster that awaits our beekeeping industry and Australia’s food security as a consequence, we only have to look at Queensland which is facing the potential loss of about 1,180 bee sites by 2024 as a result of excluding our legitimate forest use. This number will be far greater with further planned forestry conversion into National Parks. Poor access and massive fuel loads to feed wildfires are unfortunately the hallmarks of unmanaged forests and none of these issues are conducive to healthy beekeeping. ‘Well managed multi-use forests involving forestry, beekeeping, and recreation will always deliver the best conservation, economic and social outcomes’, said Peter. MEET ELLIOT HAYES - BYRON BAY’S ELON MUSK! 2019-03-21T05:28:52Z meet-elliott-hayes-byron-bay-s-elon-musk MEET BYRON BAY’S ELON MUSK!   # SMART ENERGY ENTREPRENEUR HAS BUILT  AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST GROWING ENERGY COMPANY IN 2 YEARS # SUCCESS DUE TO BEATING THE RISING COST OF ENERGY  # NEW CUSTOMERS LOVE THE ENVIRONMENTALY  FRIENDLY COST SAVINGS  # IT’S THE UBER OF ENERGY COMPANIES # CELEBRITIES USE SMART ENERGY    Elliot Hayes surfs every morning in Byron Bay  before motivating his  team of 130 staff to help the nation cut their electricity bills by providing affordable, clean energy solutions to households and businesses across Australia. Smart Energy is the Uber of energy companies with seven offices servicing NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA and South Australia and plans to expand into the Northern Territory and NZ this year. Utilising the latest advances in technology Elliot’s team monitor customers’ electricity usage , supply batteries and carry out residential and business solar panel installation. Smart Energy’s  founder and Managing Director Elliot Hayes says “Everyone at home and in business is absolutely sick and tired of power bills going up and up. The rising cost of electricity and gas is simply unfair and unacceptable.  Our success is because we are doing something about it and giving homes and businesses cheap, clean energy solutions, plus we have a really professional team of staff right across Australia. We’re like the Uber of energy companies. Actually we’re better than Uber because we service every city and town and area in Australia. You don’t get Uber in country towns but you can get Smart Energy!”  Elliot is also proud of the support he is receiving from celebrities like surfing star Joel Parkinson and celebrity chef Steven Snow who has won a  Good Food Guide hat every year for over 20 years! World champion Pro Surfer Joel Parkinson says “Knowing that right now there’s no one charging me for energy and I’m doing the right thing for the environment here, I’m running off my own grid, you get a bit of a kick out of it.” Award winning celebrity chef Steven Snow is passionate about the environment and his famous FINS restaurant, Australia’s most awarded regional restaurant. Also one of the most sustainable. Steven’s  home is powered by  Smart Energy. Steven talks about the importance of making an individual change to impact environmental issues, as well as the significant savings in converting to solar. He says “The reason why I converted  is because it just goes with what we do in this house. You know, no air con, we have rain water hooked up for all our gardens, for our washing machines, for our bathrooms.” Watch Joel and Steven’s testimonial videos at www.smartenergygroup.com.au   Australian Skincare Product Brings Home Editor’s Choice in 2019 Beauty Shortlist Awards… Again! 
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 6th March 2019 The Annual Beauty Shortlist Awards has announced the winners after six months of thoroughly testing ethical, natural and eco-friendly beauty products from over 30 countries. Since starting in 2012 in the UK, the awards have become the most trusted in the industry by consumers. Claiming to be 100% sponsorship, advertisement and partnership free, the aim is to actively seek out ethical brands on the market and undergo intense testing and judging by an international judging panel of industry leaders from the UK, USA and Australia. Paudha Healing was created by Valley Heights local Renee Tilley while studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). Renee discovered the incredible healing properties of herbs and plants growing wild and in abundance around her home in the Blue Mountains - often being considered weeds! Renee went on to study cosmetic chemistry to combine her in depth knowledge of herbs with advanced chemical formulations to create skincare products that were safe and effective for all skin types. Hand made in the Blue Mountains using locally sourced Australian Certified Organic ingredients wherever possible and accredited as a cruelty free skincare company by Choose Cruelty Free Australia. Paudha Healing’s Nourish & Repair Face Oil also won the Editor’s Choice Award in 2017. This blend has been carefully selected to provide deep healing and moisturizing, fight signs of premature ageing, reduce redness and is suitable for ALL skin types. “Our Nourish & Repair Face Oil continues to be one of our top selling products each month and winning this award back in 2017 and for the second time in 2019, really confirms what our customers are saying about this amazing oil.” Says Renee Tilley, Owner and Director of Paudha Healing. Nourish & Repair Face Oil Contains: Certified Organic Jojoba Oil Certified Organic Rosehip CO2 Extract Certified Organic Calendula Flower Extract Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil Certified Organic Rosemary Extract Certified Organic Frankincense Essential Oil Rose Geranium Essential Oil RRP: $33 for 30mls. For more information on this multi award-winning product click here. Paudha Healing is looking to expand its network of retail stockists with the goal of being readily available in all states across Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2019. “I have been using this oil now for over 12 months and am totally thrilled with the results! I used to use a good quality anti aging cream but this oil is giving me better results by far! I love this product so much” Karmell via website. “5 stars plus for this amazing oil. After turning 40 I found my skin changed dramatically, becoming dry and showing sun spots. After using this oil for a month, my spots are disappearing and my skin feels nourished and glowing. I no longer wear foundation on a day to day basis. I am in love with this product!” Nicole via website. For samples or media enquiries contact: Renee Tilley Owner/Director Paudha Healing 0416 212 889 info@paudhahealing.com.au Cleantech and Renewables Marketing Communications Consultancy Launches in Australia 2019-02-28T07:44:57Z cleantech-and-renewables-marketing-communications-consultancy-launches-in-australia Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - 26 February 2019 - Positive Good, an integrated marketing communications consultancy that is dedicated to cleantech and renewable energy brands in Australia was launched today.   Co-founders and directors, Gabriel Wong and Olivia Smith, who had worked with Enphase Energy since 2014, started Positive Good to represent brands that are driving Australia’s clean energy revolution as the uptake of renewable energy grows in the country across households, businesses and industries.   Positive Good develops and manages integrated marketing and communications campaigns for foundation clients including sonnen, deX, Solar Analytics, Sungrow and GreenSync.   Gabriel Wong and Olivia Smith, Directors at Positive Good said, “The Australian cleantech and renewable energy market is sorely lacking the industry expertise of marketing and communications consultants who understand the clean energy landscape. Positive Good is looking to change this.”   “We’ve spent a significant amount of time during our career working with consultants who don’t know what is the difference between a kW or kWh or how to influence a newscycle to address clean energy policies and stakeholders. This can mean the development of content remains the responsibility of the client, which is inefficient both from a time and cost perspective. Instead of having clients having to take us through these fundamentals to build a campaign, our clients know that we can hit the ground running to deliver results from day one,” said Gabriel and Olivia.   Gabriel has spent over two decades managing integrated marketing campaigns for cleantech and technology brands. Besides Enphase Energy, he has worked with brands such as Yingli Solar, SolarMax, Landis+Gyr, Ecoult and Star Scientific.   Olivia is an agile, creative marketer with 15 years of experience in PR, advertising, events and marketing management. She has executed marketing and communications programs for the likes of LG Chem, Sungrow, Enphase Energy, GreenSync, deX and Solar Analytics.     ENDS