The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-11T03:46:08Z Thousands of Primary School Students to Learn Water Conservation in Live Comedy Touring Local Schools on behalf of Gladstone Ports Corporation 2019-11-11T03:46:08Z thousands-of-primary-school-students-to-learn-water-conservation-in-live-comedy-touring-local-schools-on-behalf-of-gladstone-ports-corporation From 18th – 22nd November. The National Theatre for Children (NTC) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) will partner to educate local primary students about water conservation and pollution prevention with The Aqua League. Now in its third year, NTC and GPC will have reached over 12,000 students with the educational program which is provided to local schools at no cost and teaches students the science behind the many ways we use water, the ways water is polluted, as well as what students and their families can do to conserve water and protect local wildlife. GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker says GPC was proud to support initiatives such as this through the organisation’s Community Investment Program. “GPC is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the next generations,” Mr Walker said. “This includes educating our youth about the importance of our natural resources and the role they can play in effectively managing the environment in the years to come.” The Aqua League is a comedic play that takes place live-in-schools, and features characters The Water Cooler, fisherman Barry Mundy and Thunderstorm, as they learn to defeat super-villain Dame Judy Drenched, who is wasting water throughout the city. “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.” Participating schools also receive workbooks for students, teacher guides, and digital learning materials, including interactive games and activities that reinforce the teaching points of the show. The November tour includes visits to schools across Rockhampton, Gladstone, and Bundaberg. About Gladstone Ports Corporation Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is a Queensland Government Owned Corporation that is responsible for the import of raw material and the export of finished product from major industries in the Central Queensland region. GPC manages and operates three port areas – the Port of Gladstone, Port of Rockhampton and Port of Bundaberg. GPC’s Community Investment Program supports organisations and activities throughout the Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions that align with the key priorities of social, environmental and economic sustainability. More information is available at   About NTC In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people, and their families, to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are the largest in-school educational production company in the world. IRENE FALCONE IS WWW.NOURISHEDLIFE.COM.AU "QUEEN OF CLEAN" 2019-11-06T03:41:45Z irene-falcone-is-www-nourishedlife-com-au-queen-of-clean “QUEEN OF CLEAN” MUM TURNS $100 INTO $20 MILLION IN 5 YEARS! # Retailer to the stars including Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson & Olivia Newton-John # All her products are clean, green, free from harsh chemicals, free from “green washing”, natural and toxin free. # Self-confessed dag, tech geek and eco-warrior is Australia’s natural beauty pioneer!   In 2012 working mum of 4, Irene Falcone started her natural beauty product online retailer as a side hustle in her garage with $100. Five years later it was worth $20 million and Irene now stocks over 7,000 products, has 120,000 reviews and 5,000 items go in and out of the warehouse every day with one item sold every 6 seconds.    Irene is a natural beauty provocateur and Australia’s pioneer of the movement that has become the natural beauty phenomenon. A self-confessed “dag” Irene only sells natural, organic and clean beauty products. No toxins or harsh chemicals are present in any of the products she makes or sells.    Olivia Newton John’s entire product range launched exclusive on and Irene also sells Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson and the Bindi Irwin designed zero waste haircare range. Nourished Life is a one-stop-shop for natural skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, sun care and eco-friendly homewares and clothing brands.    “I was shocked to discover I was putting up to 500 chemicals on my body every day so I threw away thousands of $$ worth of products and went completely organic. Then I started a blog. I never intended to start a store. I only wanted to help other women find natural and organic alternatives, but I soon realised how confusing the process was. Now at every product is vetted by our team, every ingredient on every label is checked so you don’t have to! “ says Irene.    “ It all started from there. I was always into tech, I’m a tech geek. Now I blog, use social media and have my “ Talking Clean with Irene the new clean living podcast” that shot straight to number 7 on Apple Itunes. I’m an eco-warrior with a real passion for the planet, and for Australian women. I want to nourish the planet, animals and people, one lipstick or beauty product at a time!” concludes Irene.   TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE and give away Nourished Life gift vouchers as prizes email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   PS: Irene can also put on her GREEN CROWN & talk about sustainability in the home, Sunscreen Wars dispelling the myth about natural v chemical sunscreen, the efficacy of natural insect repellent, Fake Tan and so much more!       Viva Energy Fuels the Future of Shipping 2019-10-31T01:05:14Z viva-energy-fuels-the-future-of-shipping 31 October 2019 | Melbourne, Australia – Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd ("Viva Energy") has announced the launch of its new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), developed to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new regulations on fuel sulphur content. The new regulations will limit the sulphur content in marine fuels to 0.5% from the current level of 3.5%, in a move to reduce sulphur oxide emissions globally. Vessels worldwide will be required to comply by 1 January 2020. The introduction of the IMO’s new sulphur cap on fuels is one of the most significant events in the shipping industry since ships started transitioning to fuel oil from coal over 100 years ago. Viva Energy is proud to be supporting this transition. Manufactured locally at Viva Energy’s Geelong Refinery, the new VLSFO is the first low sulphur fuel oil to be produced in Australasia. The fuel, which has been in development for over 12 months, has been successfully trialled by a number of customers and is now available in Melbourne and Geelong. Viva Energy CEO, Scott Wyatt said, “The introduction of this new fuel is a significant milestone for Viva Energy and our shipping customers. It’s a testament to our technical and refinery capabilities, our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and our support for tighter fuel quality standards which can benefit the environment. “By leveraging our technical and local refining expertise, we have created a high quality fuel that ships can rely on to ensure compliance with the new regulations, with no detriment to operational safety and efficiency, while driving significant savings versus other fuels such as MGO. “Adding a VLSFO to our comprehensive suite of fuel products further strengthens Viva Energy’s position as a leading fuel manufacturer and supplier to the maritime industry in Australia,” Mr Wyatt said. In comparing Viva Energy’s new VLSFO to other IMO2020 compliant fuels, namely diesel and Marine Gas Oil (MGO), the company said the new fuel has some notable advantages, including an expected price benefit. Thys Heyns, Geelong Refinery’s General Manager commented, “Viva Energy’s VLSFO is expected to be cheaper than diesel and MGO. Its viscosity and lubricity are better than diesel’s, and it is higher in density meaning ships have the ability to run further on VLSFO. Compared to high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), VLSFO is superior in terms of fuel economy, ignition characteristics, and of course, the environmental benefits it has through reduced sulphur oxide emissions. “Because we manufacture the fuel locally ourselves, we have full control over the process and can guarantee a high quality and consistent product. This means less risk and no surprises for our customers who use the fuel. It is compatible with most existing fuel systems on board, meaning ships can use the fuel without having to make significant upgrades.” TT-Line, operator of Spirit of Tasmania I and II, is the first customer to make the switch to Viva Energy’s VLSFO following a successful trial in July and August this year. Spirit of Tasmania General Manager Marine Operations Captain Stuart Michael, said “Based on trial conditions, VLSFO has shown itself to be a suitable fuel for burning in the main engines (MEs) and the auxiliary engines of Spirit of Tasmania vessels. The trial proved the fuel to be volatile and allowed the engines to reach maximum power output. Operating pressures and temperatures were within acceptable limits and similar to those when operating on marine gas oil (MGO) or MFO380. Adverse wear to fuel injection equipment has not occurred under trial conditions. The MEs fuel oil circulation and filtration system was not compromised with the change to VLSFO. Trial conditions have recorded a minimum 3% saving in consumption overall compared to MFO380. " Visit for more details on VLSFO. - ENDS – About Viva Energy Viva Energy is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,250 service stations across the country. Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery, in Victoria, which converts imported and locally sourced crude oil into petroleum products including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, gas, solvents, bitumen and other specialty products. Viva Energy operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals and lubricants businesses supported by a nationwide fuel supply chain with an extensive import, storage and distribution infrastructure network, including a presence at 52 airports and airfields. Visit Viva Energy Australia is a Shell Licensee and uses Shell trademarks under license. The views expressed in this release or statement, are made by Viva Energy Australia and are not made on behalf of, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of, any company of the Shell Group of Companies. Media contacts: Carla Alderuccio That Communications Company M: 0400 221 123 Anoosha Delpechitra That Communications Company M: 0449 758 324 Kids & nature in Melbourne’s north missing out – more bush kinders needed now says Friends of Merri Creek 2019-10-28T04:33:19Z kids-amp-nature-in-melbourne-s-north-missing-out-more-bush-kinders-needed-now-says-friends-of-merri-creek The children of Melbourne’s northern suburbs are missing out on the health and social benefits of interacting with nature as the result of a bush kindergarten shortage said Friends of Merri Creek’s (FoMC) President Nick Williams.   As access to open space and parklands is diminishing as the result of Melbourne’s population and building boom, there has been a dramatic shift from childhood activities from outdoor to indoor play.  The consequences of spending time in front of TV screens and computers instead of playing outdoors is seen in increased rates of obesity, diabetes and mental illness in youngsters.   The development of bush kindergartens reflects the mounting body of evidence that outdoor activities such as exploring natural environments, are good for children and improve their health and wellbeing said Nick Williams.   There are over 350 bush kinders or nature playgroup programs in Victoria, and the number is growing rapidly.   Demonstrating the growing popularity of nature play, Nature Play Week in April 2019 included 150 events across Victoria with an estimated 15,000 participants.   A study by the Kids in Nature Network in 2016-17 identified a growing and unmet demand for nature play, outdoor learning and bush kinder programs in Victoria.  It found that 90% of programs were delivered in Eastern Melbourne – indicating a major gap in the northern suburbs.   The Kids in Nature Network study report outlines the benefits of nature play and active outdoor learning: “When children are outside, they move more, sit less and play longer. These behaviours are associated with improved physical and mental health and improved cognitive and social skills.   “Children are more curious about and interested in natural play spaces than pre-fabricated play structures.   “Children who engage in active outdoor play in natural environments demonstrate resilience, self-regulation and develop skills for dealing with stress later in life.  Outdoor play in minimally structured, free and accessible local environments facilitates socialisation and connection with peers, the community and the environment, reduces feelings of isolation, builds interpersonal skills and facilitates healthy development.”    Parks and reserves are fantastic places for children to run, jump, explore and learn.  Research shows it’s good for them.  Children who learn outdoors are less disruptive, show improved social skills, motor skills and physical health, and develop resilience, self-awareness, self-esteem, independence and the list goes on.   An ideal outdoor classroom is an open space amongst natural bushland with low grass and minimal ground cover.  This allows children to explore independently while remaining within the supervisors’ line of sight.   It also allows easy identification of any ground hazards and minimises trampling, which can damage the undergrowth.   Nick Williams concluded, “FoMC would like to see a strategy prepared that identifies potential nature play sites and how they can be made accessible and resilient, along the Merri Creek from Clifton Hill to Craigieburn and in the new suburbs to the north.  Local Councils are best placed to develop this strategy, along with Merri Creek Management Committee”.   “A site that has great potential as a bush kinder / nature play site with some tree planting, logs and basic visitor facilities is 1 – 17 Leonard Street Fawkner that was recently purchased by Moreland City Council from the State Government”.   ENDS   Issued by:                  Friends of Merri Creek   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, T: 0412 112 545   E: New Plastic-Free Lip Balms by Pure Planet 2019-10-21T22:04:34Z new-plastic-free-lip-balms-by-pure-planet Pure Planet Club, the creators of Australia’s leading plastic-free toilet paper, have today announced the launch of their organic, plastic free and recyclable packaged collection of lips balms. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club says, “We are thrilled to be expanding our product range to enable further change in Australian homes, extending to the beauty category. Every bit we do makes a difference and thankfully now there is no reason to add to the ever-growing issue of landfill around the world when it comes to the consumption of lip balms. Stay tuned, we also have more to come.” The new lip balms contain shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower oil and antioxidant rich vitamin E to moisturise and hydrate the skin. Available in four flavours, the new products are encased in handcrafted, plastic free, compostable packing, made from 100% uncoated PCW paper. The launch collection of Pure Planet Club’s lip balms include: Pure Planet Club Lip Balm – Natural Pure Planet Club Lip Balm – Mint Pure Planet Club Lip Balm – Raspberry Pure Planet Club Lip Balm - Vanilla Pure Planet Club’s lip balms are all: USDA Certified Organic Plastic free with compostable packaging (Made from 100% uncoated PCW paper) Cruelty free Contain no aluminium, parabens, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners Gluten free New Pure Planet Club lips balms are available in packs of three at RRP $30.00, delivered to your door. On sale from mid-November from About Pure Planet Club: Pure Planet Club are the creators of tree-free and plastic-free toilet paper, household and beauty products. Their mission to save the planet by keeping our forests green and oceans clean began in 2017 with their eco toilet paper, made from bamboo and sugarcane waste. In 2019 they launched their first beauty products including organic and plastic free lip balms and deodorants. World-class technologies setting the benchmark for irrigation efficiencies in Australia 2019-10-16T07:44:25Z world-class-technologies-setting-the-benchmark-for-irrigation-efficiencies-in-australia World-class technologies setting the benchmark for irrigation efficiencies in Australia   PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 October, 2019   (Australia) – October 19 -  Lindsay Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, has announced the launch of two new, customer-driven irrigation solutions designed to help Australian growers improve productivity and conserve resources.   The release of Next Gen Zimmatic® Controllers and a new Pivoting Lateral will give growers greater control over their irrigation, save energy and help increase irrigable land. “We’re excited to be launching these two new products – both of which will provide efficiencies for growers at a time when they need it the most. Australian farmers are looking to maximise yields with fewer inputs and this state-of-the-art technology helps them make the most of their valuable irrigation water, while boosting productivity at the same time,” said Richard Hall, Lindsay Regional Manager SE Asia, Australia/NZ. Next Gen Zimmatic  Controllers are designed to make remote monitoring and control capabilities even more accessible. They’re simple to use and provide quick adjustments to water depth, allowing growers to be responsive to weather conditions.   The full range of Next Gen Zimmatic Controllers includes the 500C, the 700C and the 712C. Features include: Smart barrier automation that provides a simple method for irrigating part circles, enabling the pivot to automatically reverse, return and stop at your original starting point. Simple yet sophisticated Advanced Plan creation – making it easier than ever for growers to create custom, accurate irrigation programs unique to each field. Smart alignment that provides real-time, visual feedback when confirming machine alignment. Over-the-air serviceability making software and firmware updates and addition of future feature enhancements easier than ever. More end gun areas and management capabilities. Additional input and output ports for immense flexibility in adding other accessories and sensors. An easier-than-ever interface based on mobile app design principles provides users with intuitive operation in the field and via the FieldNET™ mobile app. Each controller comes FieldNET-ready, allowing farmers to view and control their irrigation systems from virtually anywhere. FieldNET is the industry’s leading remote irrigation management tool, featuring integrated water, fertiliser, chemigation and scheduling solutions that reduce costs for growers by saving water, energy and time in the field. Zimmatic 9520PL is a new Pivoting Lateral that is a cost-effective, yet technologically advanced solution to irrigate more land with tremendous flexibility. Its exclusive optical barrier offers more programming flexibility than physical barricades, and GPS technology enhances accuracy, saves time and requires less maintenance than furrow-guided machines.   The Zimmatic 9520PL is ideally suited to irrigating high‑value crops especially on large, irregular-shaped fields where multiple traditional centre pivot and lateral-move systems may not be cost‑effective.   “The grower decides how to use this product most effectively and this customised control gives them the ability to irrigate in difficult areas - meaning farmers can meaningfully increase the amount of land they can irrigate which is a huge step forward,” said Mr Hall.   Both the Zimmatic 9520PL and Next Gen Zimmatic Controllers are expected to be available in Australia by the end of the calendar year.   “We are proud that Lindsay continues to lead the way in developing innovative irrigation solutions in response to the changing needs of farmers - particularly during this challenging period when Australian growers are becoming more reliant on equipment that produces on-farm efficiencies,” concluded Mr Hall.   For information about the complete line of Zimmatic and FieldNET products and services, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer, or visit   For media enquiries, please contact Dee Wilkes-Bowes:; Mob: 0427 006 404   Please note high resolution images of equipment are available on request. About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit   FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries.   YOU'RE INVITED - Launch of New Generation Renewable Energy Home Battery by SENEC 2019-10-15T05:50:33Z youre-invited-launch-of-new-generation-renewable-energy-home-battery-by-senec-4 Australians have been waiting too long for a good reason to install a battery to store energy provided by our giving sun and PV solar panels. Among many of the disadvantages in the past have been: their inferior quality; the warranty of only 10 years; the weight of more than 200kg that makes it very difficult to hang on a wall; the waiting time to actually get one; the hefty installation cost; and all the extra add-ons such as safety features that really should be part of the unit cost. Well, hold on to your seats because a unique new battery is being launched at All-Energy* that will set the benchmark from which other batteries will follow. Please join SENEC GmbH’s Managing Director from Germany, Jaron Schachter, who will unveil its new-generation SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery at 10.30am on Wednesday, 23 October. Think double the warranty, half the weight, AC & DC coupled, instant savings of $4,000, German-designed and built quality, 97% efficiency and MUCH more. Please come to Stand No K119 to see and hear for yourself. You’ll find out why SENEC is a multi-award winner with more than 30,000 installations around the world. I look forward to seeing you there! *All-Energy is being held at the MCEC (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre), 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf. Use links on the images to register to attend this free event or go to: Urban List Launches Challenge For Change Campaign To Find Australia’s Most Sustainable Agency and Most Sustainable Agency Employee 2019-10-09T23:41:34Z urban-list-launches-challenge-for-change-campaign-to-find-australia-s-most-sustainable-agency-and-most-sustainable-agency-employee Thursday, 10 October 2019 (Sydney): Urban List are embarking on a mission to find Australia's Most Sustainable Agency and Most Sustainable Agency Employee with the launch of their latest campaign Challenge For Change, collaborating with media agencies across the country to support them, and their people, in making simple swaps toward a more sustainable life.    Over 30 media agencies across Australia have already pledged their commitment, seeing the Challenge For Change as an opportunity to both do good and increase team engagement.    The Challenge begins this week, with all participating agency employees completing a quiz to receive their current eco footprint score (from 1-100). For the following four weeks, tips and tricks to living more sustainably are shared with the participants to help them reduce their eco impact: both at work and at home.   At the close of the Challenge, participants receive a new eco score, modelled on the changes they have made to their work and home life. The Most Sustainable Agency and Most Sustainable Agency Employee Awards will be selected through a combination of weighted eco scores and finalist submissions.    Sue Squillace, Carat CEO said, "Sustainability is an increasing part of a company’s culture and our team is excited to get involved in the Challenge For Change — joining our industry peers in doing more good and improving our impact. Both environmental and social sustainability are very topical conversations right now — something we're regularly talking about — and It would be a great achievement for all of us if Carat were to earn the honour of Australia's Most Sustainable Agency!"   Urban List ran a similar consumer campaign in June to coincide with World Environment Day, in which 27,000 people committed to the four-week Challenge For Change program to improve their environmental footprint.   Urban List CEO and Founder, Susannah George, says climate change is the key issue that’s concerning the Urban List audience and while 90 percent of Australians are concerned about environmental sustainability, only half feel they are doing their fair share to help*.   “There’s also the age-old complication that we want to do good, but not necessarily at the expense of the things we love — the changes we make need to be, well, sustainable, and if they’re perceived as sacrifice, the change will ultimately fail.”   “I’ve had so many conversations with brands who have identified a need to support their customers’ journey toward a more sustainable life; making a start, rather than needing to be perfect. As one of the largest audiences of Gen Y and Z in Australia, Urban List is well positioned to support this goal, and you’ll see a number of initiatives emerging from us through early 2020 — all designed to deliver ongoing sustainable change, for us, our audience and our partners.”  Natural vs Synthetic Diamonds 2019-10-08T11:11:01Z natural-vs-synthetic-diamonds IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT INTRODUCTION OF SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS INTO THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET PLACE. INTRODUCTION Since the first diamond was discovered thousands of years ago, mankind has been mesmerised by these most spectacular and precious of natural gemstones, revered for their unmatched ability to scintillate and reflect light, their durability, rarity and earth-borne origin ensuring that they have become the most precious of gemstones to this day. The physical properties of a natural diamond are not their only desirable feature – their precious nature has ensured that a diamond, above all other stones, has become the one true symbol of love – pure, enduring and timeless, a diamond is the ultimate gift of commitment. Diamonds by their very origin are the rarest gift of mother nature – formed deep in the ancient earth’s core under enormous heat and pressure and found in only a handful of areas in the world ranging from the frozen depths of the Canadian artic zone to the wilds of the African savannah and the Australian outback. A real diamond is rare, a real diamond is natural and a real diamond is the truest reflection of luxury and commitment. What is a Synthetic or Lab Grown Diamond? For several decades the technology has been available to manufacture a synthetic version of a diamond, primarily as a cheap source of industrial grade material. Due to issues with the colour and clarity of the stones manufactured these were not of a quality suitable for use in jewellery. Manufacturers of these man made stones have recently refined the production process of making a synthetic stone of a gem colour and clarity that have now become commercially available. There are two main methods of manufacturing synthetic diamonds - High Pressure/ High Temperature (HPHT) and CVD or chemical vapour deposition. Each of these methods can now produce a carbon crystal with the chemical and physical properties of a diamond in a mass produced factory environment. The synthetic material is then cut and finished in a process that results in a man-made stone resembling a natural diamond. So Why Not Choose a Synthetic Diamond? THE ORIGIN Unlike a natural diamond which is formed by chance in the earth under ancient layers of stone and rockand brought to the surface by natural forces of volcanoes and erosion, man-made diamonds are mass produced in an industrial environment, made at will and are neither rare nor precious. As the manufacturing methods are made more efficient and the capability to produce large quantities of the man-made material is harnessed, the cost of production will fall rendering these stones of little value in the near future. Natural diamonds are recovered from their birthplace in the natural environment in a small number of minute areas globally. The number of natural diamonds bought to market depends entirely on the discovery of a natural source that can be efficiently recovered. There is a limit to the supply dictated by nature that has not seen any new deposits identified in the past 50 years. Once a new source of natural diamond is identified it will take approximately 20 years to bring a new deposit online for recovery. THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST Inaccurately, synthetic stones have been marketed as a ‘green’ alternative to natural diamonds with false claims regarding the lower environmental impact of synthetic diamond production. It is important to clarify that synthetic diamond production consumes massive amounts of electricity to create the required manufacturing conditions. The by-product of the manufacturing process is non degradable industrial waste that cannot be effectively disposed of.Synthetic diamond production generates 3 times the environmental impact of the process of recovering natural diamonds from their source. THE RAPIDLY DECLINING VALUE Synthetic diamonds have been misleadingly promoted as an affordable alternative to natural diamonds that are more accessible. Initially synthetic diamond offerings have been priced at a nominal value of roughly 70% of the natural diamond equivalent. It is important to understand that this price has no true basis and is not indicative of the cost of production. It is a price commanded by the company producing the stone and in no way reflects its actual worth. Over the past 12 months, market forces including the entry of De Beers into the synthetic diamond market, have seen a significant downward correction of the cost and value in a move to correctly reflect the mass produced nature of synthetic stones, De Beers has sought to set an industry standard price of USD $800 per carat for all synthetic diamonds reflecting their mass manufactured origin that should not in any way be linked to the value of natural diamonds. As a result, many synthetic diamonds purchased as little as 2 years ago are now worth significantly less than the price they were bought for. This downward trend is likely to continue as the amount of material produced increases in the marketplace. For this reason, synthetic diamonds should not be purchased as a future store of wealth but rather in the same way as other diamond simulants. THE ETHICAL POSITION Traditional recovery of natural diamonds from their source has often been in remote areas inhabited by indigenous communities. The international diamond industry has sought to ensure that mining activity are strictly governed by responsible, and sensitive best practice minimising the impact on the natural environment and the local communities living in the location. Modern diamond mining mandates a social responsibility to remediate the natural environmental and to invest in the local communities it touches by developing infrastructure such as hospitals, transport and housing. Many communities in areas of diamond mining have been significantly enriched through the investment of the diamond industry. In contrast, the synthetic diamond industry makes no restitution for the impact of the resource intensive manufacturing process. There is no investment made in social or environmental wellbeing of manufacturing locations. Synthetic diamonds are produced by industry for profit maximisation and commercial benefit alone. BECAUSE THEY ARE ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE A DIAMOND Synthetic diamonds may have the same chemical structure as their natural counterpart and to the eye may appear as a natural diamond offering the same physically attractive play of light however it is important to remember that only a diamond of natural origin is real, rare and sought after. Like a reproduction of a rare artwork, replica watch or handbag, the mass produced copy may look the same but will never hold the same value or luxury as the real authentic item. THE POSITION OF DIAMOND GUILD AUSTRALIA AND ITS MEMBERS Our association founded on an emphatic belief of the importance of ethical and professional sale of diamonds and representing the top diamond professionals in Australia has chosen not to promote or sell synthetic diamond products. We believe that this category of diamond alternative product is not sold nor promoted in an ethical manner. As a product category, synthetic diamonds do not represent a viable proposition that can be sold in good faith with the belief that the product will retain its value. Diamond Guild Australia chooses to promote and sell only natural diamonds, guaranteed as to their origin and ethical source. We value natural diamonds for their beauty, rarity, individuality and how they inspire us. We believe only natural diamonds are worthy of symbolising love and important moments in life. We will only offer our clients natural diamonds because we have confidence in their ability to bring true joy and luxury to the wearer. The members of Diamond Guild Australia are proud to only offer their clientele the finest quality, ethically sourced natural diamonds, guaranteed for their authenticity and hand selected for their beauty by trained diamond professionals. Please note: The Guild takes pride in offering all diamond consumers an accurate, professional and expert source of diamond information that can be used to guide the purchasing decision. Our members are highly skilled, professionals whose expertise we draw upon to develop this information resource. We strive to ensure our content is accurate, timely and honest.  For further information please contact us on or visit Renewable Energy Cup Yacht Race Gathers Phenomenal Support 2019-10-08T08:29:15Z renewable-energy-cup-yacht-race-gathers-phenomenal-support The Renewable Energy Cup committee has had a successful few months ahead of their inaugural industry event, a charity yacht race with proceeds going towards Donalea Patman’s AM, organisation “For the Love of Wildlife”.   The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy & the Environment and a vocal supporter of the Australian Renewable Energy industry has confirmed his attendance at the event.   Furthermore, the event also secured their Gold Sponsor. The committee thanks Enel Green Power for being an avid supporter of the Renewable Energy Cup from the start of the process. Hamish Wall, founder and committee member commented by saying, “Enel Green Power is a true global leader in the Renewable Energy sector and a key player involved in Australia’s transition away from fossil fuel to clean generation”. He went on to also say, “as the Gold Sponsor Enel Green Power secures the naming rights, so the event is now known as the Enel Green Power Renewable Energy Cup Yacht Race”.     Javier Blanco, Head of Enel Green Power Australia, said: “Australia’s unique biodiversity, together with its wealth of renewable energy sources, represent true assets that should be preserved and enhanced as they generate tremendous value for the country. Enel’s pursuit of a zero-carbon future shares a common path with the protection of the environment and endangered species. Through our sponsorship of the Renewable Energy Cup, Enel green Power is further underscoring its commitment to sustainability in Australia.”      The event has now been locked down with 25 companies and all available sponsorship positions have been filled, with corporate sponsors Lendlease, Pinsent Masons and KPMG, along with Canadian Solar and Signal Energy secured as silver sponsors, and Longi, Vestas, SMEC and Consolidated Power Projects coming on board as bronze sponsors.   The event promises to be a fun-filled day of friendly competition between industry colleagues, and is a key opportunity to celebrate the success of the Renewable Energy Industry in Australia. About Enel Green Power Enel Green Power Australia Pty Ltd, is a part of the Enel Group’s global business line Enel Green Power, and a Sydney-based owner and operator of renewable energy plants in Australia with projects both operating and under development currently in 4 Australian States. Enel Green Power is the global business line of the Enel Group dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 43 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.   Green Frog Systems Achieves cTUVus Certification for Solar Lighting Products 2019-10-01T03:28:00Z green-frog-systems-achieves-ctuvus-certification-for-solar-lighting-products Green Frog Systems, Australia’s leading designer and manufacturer of solar lighting products and energy storage systems, today announced that their range of Australian designed solar street lights and solar pathway lights have successfully passed rigorous UL equivalent testing by the TÜV SÜD laboratory and been awarded the cTUVus Certification mark. The certification is yet another layer on the company's foundation for market expansion into North America, as well as exemplifying the safety of their product ranges into further global arenas. Being one of the first solar lighting companies to achieve certification of a UL standard, testing proved challenging and was a learning curve for both Green Frog Systems and the testing house as very few low voltage DC devices undergo this level of testing. Solar lighting systems have different components to mains powered lighting alternatives, which meant the testing house were having to determine the appropriate and applicable testing systems for these new technologies.  “When we first began this process in early 2018, there was a lot of back and forth with the testing house, bringing a product based on solar lighting technology they hadn’t had experience with. Achieving this certification confirms not only the safety and durability of our products, it highlights our place at the forefront of reliable solar technologies.” – Kingston Lim, Product Engineering Manager at Green Frog Systems. The cTUVus mark and certification provides proof of compliance with UL 1598:2019 and CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 250.0-18. The following products have been certified: the GFS-Stealth series, GFS-200, GFS-200ES, GFS-400 and GFS-400ES. About Green Frog Systems Green Frog Systems is dedicated to producing quality solar lighting and energy storage products that deliver greater reliability and efficiency than conventional street lighting, helping to move people beyond the mains grid and into sustainable technologies. You can learn more on the Green Frog Systems website: Follow Green Frog Systems on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. SOUL SEED LAUNCHES “SUPER SEED SNAPS” IN WOOLWORTHS NATION-WIDE 2019-09-29T23:00:00Z soul-seed-launches-super-seed-snaps-in-woolworths-nation-wide Media Release: Monday 30 September 2019 Over date-based snacks? Supermarket hemp foods favourite, Soul Seed, has launched a new range of “Super Seed Snaps” into 744 Woolworths stores across Australia. Found in the health food aisle, Super Seed Snaps are gluten free with 5g+ of protein, fibre plus a variety of vitamin and mineral-rich super seeds including hemp, flax, chia and pumpkin. The baked snacks are ideal for lunchboxes, briefcases and handbags alike. There’s a flavour for every mood and palette - Salted Caramel, Turmeric & Black Pepper, Rich Choc and Spicy Sriracha. Soul Seed Founder Cade Turland says, “9 times out of 10, when I flip to the nutrition panel on a snack, the first ingredient I read is ‘dates’. “We set out to create a snack with a real point of difference in the health food category. Something tasty, filled with whole foods and of course featuring our favourite nutrition-packed super seed, hemp. That’s where Super Seed Snaps were born.” Soul Seed’s millennial founders Cade Turland and Forbes 30 Under 30 Listmaker, Georgia Branch, have been blown away by the growth of the brand. Launched in 2018, Soul Seed has quickly become Australia’s widest reaching hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s ethos is to bring whole food nutrition to the whole family. The products can be found in both Coles and Woolworths as well as Ritchies IGA stores. For samples, interviews and images please contact Georgia Branch | ABOUT SOUL SEED Part of Trichomia Pty Ltd hemp brands (also owner of Hemple), Soul Seed is Australia’s widest-reaching supermarket hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s cold pressed Australian hemp seed oil, protein and seeds can be found at Coles and Ritchies IGA while their Super Seed Snaps range can be found at Woolworths nation- wide. Trichomia Pty Ltd investors include MMJ (ASX:MMJ). 5 ways to be more eco-friendly in your home this spring 2019-09-26T01:17:26Z 5-ways-to-be-more-eco-friendly-in-your-home-this-spring Spring is here, but it’s time for Australians to do more than just the ordinary spring clean. This spring Pure Planet Club is encouraging Australians to be more environmentally conscious by reconsidering the way they look after their home and to understand the impact on the environment as a result of every choice made, whether it be power consumption, water usage or the household products you use. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club says, “We believe in making small changes around the house that will go a long way to protect our future generations. Implementing quick and easy ways to be more eco-friendly in your home can have a significant positive impact on our environment. Start today by taking the leap yourself, and then encouraging your family members and friends to take up some new sustainable habits.” Christina’s top 5 ways to be more environmentally conscious in the bathroom: Use half flush where you can! If you have a dual flush toilet, using the half flush reduces your water usage which helps to preserve the environment and save money on your water bill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 15,000 litres of water can be saved annually in a residential household that has a dual flush toilet. Choose an eco-friendly toilet paper. Plastic pollution is causing irreversible damage to our planet at an alarming rate; go plastic-free today to protect the Earth’s future! All Pure Planet Club toilet paper is 100% plastic-free, tree-free, septic-safe, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, BPA-free, biodegradable and made from renewable and recycled materials. 15% of the worlds deforestation is from the creation of toilet paper, yet trees are vital to combat Global Warming as they lower the air temperature from evaporating water in their leaves. Using Pure Planet Club toilet paper saves wiping out 27,000 trees per day as it is tree-free and made from 100% plant-based materials, bamboo and sugarcane waste. Use non-toxic cleaning products. A few natural products you have lying around the house can be awesome eco-friendly cleaning products. For example, the acid in white vinegar makes it naturally capable of killing mould and bacteria, so you can use this on your taps, mirrors, shower floors and bath. Baking soda is also a common household item that works to deodorise an area. Instead of using bathroom sprays, place some baking soda in a dish in your bathroom to eat up the bad smells. Not only is using natural products healthier for you and can reduce risks of chemical poisoning and respiratory infections, it is also healthier for our planet. Time your showers and stick to 5 minutes! Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your whole body in 5 minutes. Set a timer, do it for a few weeks and soon you will be in the habit of efficient showering. Saving water and energy used to heat the water is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint. To be extra nice to the environment and save even more water - bring a bucket or some containers with you in the shower and re-use it to water your garden! Open the bathroom window instead of switching on the fan. This nifty trick will not only reduce your electricity bill at the end of the month but will also reduce impact on natural resources, reduce pollution and reduces your impact on global warming. Saving energy will help save the environment. When you consume less power, you reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants, conserve the earth’s natural resources and protect ecosystems from destruction. “Although it may seem these steps might be inconsequential, small steps become great leaps when multiplied by millions. At Pure Planet Club, we think it’s possible to save the environment if we all work together!” adds Christina. Pure Planet Club’s new Marine Collection toilet paper will be available from September for RRP $48.00 per 36 pack carton, or $43.20 per carton on subscription. Flaunt Marketing Lands Five New Accounts 2019-09-23T01:12:02Z flaunt-marketing-lands-five-new-accounts New accounts include: Williams Burger Days for social media management. PopSockets for Australian PR and social media management Llumar Singapore for video production of Asia Pacific Summer campaign Razor Scooters for Christmas and Summer 19/20 PR plus social media Moochies for Christmas and Back to School PR plus social media Flaunt was founded in 1995 by Director Sharyn Lowe who says the new batch of accounts signals the flexibility and scope of results Flaunt can achieve. “At the heart of our business is great ideas combined with outstanding delivery,” said Lowe. “We have people inside the business with 30 plus years of experience as well as those recently graduated, it’s this combination which is so powerful,” she said. The Razor and Moochies accounts are extensions to the work Flaunt conducts with ASX listed Funtastic Toys Australia, while the Grill’d owned Williams Burger Days and the PopSockets accounts were gained via company referrals. Llumar is a long standing Singapore based client, part of the Eastman Group. Flaunt was appointed to produce creative print and film campaigns for their window tinting products, which will be circulated around Asia. “After having the business for almost 25 years, being able to grow only via referrals is such a great feeling,” said Lowe. “It means our senior team can be focused on our clients, rather than pitching for work.” “We are so grateful for our past and present clients that refer us and those that take us along with them to their new positions,” she said. Recycling & waste storage solution delay is an escalating peril for the Merri Creek 2019-09-22T23:48:01Z recycling-amp-waste-storage-solution-delay-is-an-escalating-peril-for-the-merri-creek With each passing day and increasing revelations of haphazardly and inappropriately stored waste recycled materials around Melbourne’s north, the greater is Merri Creek’s peril to an incident that ends up in the stormwater system and then into the waterway itself.   The recent fire-sites have all been on the regulatory radar, but still there were disasters.  All fuel sources become toxic risks to community and environmental health through air pollution and the runoff of fire water into drainage systems.   Not least is the cost of these exercises as the community pays by funds being diverted to remedy the disasters.   To date, Merri Creek has fortunately been spared when fires and discharges have occurred as the result of inappropriately stored recycling materials with speedy responses from Melbourne Water and the protective infrastructure able to avert a catastrophe.   But as the patience of the community is tested waiting for a comprehensive long-term solution to a broken recycling system and hazardous material stockpiles accumulate in our suburbs – the greater is the likelihood that one will occur with devastating results for the Creek and environment.   Although the most recent fires did not impact the Merri Creek directly, the nearby Merlynston Creek and Jack Roper Reserve are still affected by the outfall from the April fire at Bradbury's.    Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) still recall the harm done to Merri Creek in 2015, when a Somerton timber waste stockpile caught fire and burned for a week.  As a result, a 7 kilometre stretch of the Creek was seriously affected with fish and eels killed and dissolved oxygen levels plunged to zero.   There have been over 20 issues in the last 9 years that include dumping, firewater runoff that have harmed the Creek to varying degrees – along with pollution from stormwater entering the creek.    Unless a solution is found quickly to address the safe and appropriate removal of stockpiled materials, the odds of an incident that will directly impact the Creek escalate.   Time is not on the side of the Merri Creek and neighbouring waterways!   FoMC is a member of the Anti-Toxic Waste Alliance (ATWA) and submitted its concerns and recommended safeguards for the Merri Creek and suburban waterways at the State Government’s Inquiry into Waste Management and Recycling.   Firstly, self-regulation by the recycling industry has failed and more robust solutions are required commencing with a rigorous regulatory and compliance regime to support the remedial undertakings of councils and agencies as they attempt to address the harms done by illegal waste practices and industry.   Separation Distance Guidelines establish buffers between industrial land uses and sensitive land uses.   The reality is current measures that provide for 200 – 500 metres for various waste categories are grossly insufficient for safety in the event of fire.  As a result, they don’t save waterways and more appropriate infrastructure investment is required for their protection.   Constructed wetlands and other Water Sensitive Urban Design features can provide solutions to toxic flows as greater heavy metals, hydrocarbon concentrations and insecticides originate from industrial and new residential areas.     Drains from industrial areas need interception points to collect fire water and chemical spills to pump them out before polluting a downstream waterway.    For many of Melbourne’s urban waterways, Councils, Melbourne Water and other organisations have financially supported ecological rehabilitation projects, with large community input.  This financial and community investment has been severely undermined by the consequences of the failing waste management and recycling systems.   Real action and long-term solutions are needed now.   Issued by:                  Friends of Merri Creek   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, T: 0412 112 545  E: