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boygirlco's Osprey Table, using recycled pallets.

Sustainability is the new black

HerCanberra Team

Every business wants to grow through ideas that don’t cost the Earth.

Ideas that save time and money. Ideas that help businesses work smarter. But where do you start? How do you focus?

One way is by attending Canberra’s biggest sustainability expo, packed with keynote speakers, informative seminars, interactive workshops, exhibits and more. Happening on Thursday 7 September, this free expo brings together in one place a wealth of information that inspires business to make the change to a more sustainable future, with small, no-cost actions and larger actions that may require some investment.

Melanie Child. Image: Martin Ollman

Melanie Child. Image: Martin Ollman

A focal point is the main stage, with live sessions running throughout the day showcasing how sustainability touches every aspect of our lives.

See a sustainable fashion show presented by FASHFEST and learn how the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. CIT fashion students have sourced op-shop items from Salvos Stores and transformed them into eco chic garments, saving them from ending up in landfill. Hear about how the new garments were created and learn more about op-shopping from those in the know.

boygirlco's Osprey Table, using recycled pallets.

boygirlco’s Osprey Table, using recycled pallets.

OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue operation, is hosting a celebrity chef cookoff with Darren Perryman, Pialligo Estate, and Michael Magill, Executive Sous Chef, East Hotel. The chefs will be given food rescued from several major supermarkets and farmers markets in the ACT and challenged to whip up culinary masterpieces. OzHarvest gathers around 40,000 kilos of food a month which it drops off to around 70 charities to distribute to those in need.

Local heroes boyandgirlco will demonstrate how to deconstruct a discarded timber pallet, making the wood safe to refurbish, repurpose and rehome. With pallets already deconstructed, boyandgirlco will build a new table on stage. The stylish, sustainable and stunning Osprey Table is one of boyandgirlco’s most popular pieces. The new table will be auctioned off with proceeds going to OzHarvest.

A practical workshop will be held on smart solar storage. Find out how business and homes can get involved in one of the largest rollouts of batteries in the world, right here in the ACT.

Seminars by experts is a major part of Actsmart’s annual business sustainability expo. This year, Ingrid Tomanovits, Event Manager of TEDxCanberra, will explore why sustainability is an important core value for all business. Karen Porter, Director of Solace Creations and Telstra Small Business Woman of the Year, will talk about energy efficient windows and her company’s passion for sustainability. IKEA Canberra Store Manager, Charmaine Hick, will talk about how IKEA is people and planet positive.

More than 35 exhibitors will be on hand to provide ideas and advice for business. They’ll also showcase the latest technologies in waste, water and energy.

Register now for the free Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017 on actsmart.act.gov.au.

the essentials

What: Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017
When: Thursday 7 September from 10am to 5pm
Where: Southern Cross Club, Woden, Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: Free
More information: actsmart.act.gov.au

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