When zero waste makes business better

Our guests in the Sustainable Studio on 13 September 2017 are Barbara Ferrante, owner of Salon Eve in Geelong, and Krystina Birch, Sustainable Salons Australia’s Victorian representative. We visit Gayle English and Phil Slocombe at It’s Only Natural, an eco-friendly dry cleaning shop in Yarraville. And over the phone we talk with Tamara DiMattina about Buy Nothing New Month in October.


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Content of this hour

Links, excerpts and more information about what we talked about in this Sustainable Hour


Salon Eve

Salon Eve commenced business in 2012. The salon is located on Shannon Avenue in Manifold Heights, Geelong West.

» www.saloneve.com.au



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Sustainable Salons Australia

Sustainable Salons Australia provides a comprehensive waste free systems to the professional hairdressing industry. They collect and recycle 95% of a salon’s waste and reward the salon for their recycling efforts.

Sustainable Salons Australia was founded in Adelaide. The enterprise entered the Victorian market in May 2016.

» Sustainable Salons Australia – blogpost – 29 November 2016:
Hairy Tale #1: The environment needs a hair boom

When the hair salon Suki Hairdressing joined Sustainable Salons Australia in 2015, the annual electricity costs for their business were around $20,000, equivalent to approximately 75 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per annum. They succeeded in reducing Suki Hairdressing’s electricity consumption by 30 per cent, which since then, over just two years, has saved them $14,000 – and has spared the atmosphere for around 50 tonnes of carbon pollution.

» Sustainable Salons Australia – blogpost – 18 July 2015:
Saving money and the planet

» Read more on
www.sustainablesalons.com.au



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It’s Only Natural

The interview starts at 20:00 minutes in the podcast audio file.

» It’s Only Natural – Dry Cleaning: www.iondc.com.au

» Phil Slocombe’s Facebook page



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Buy nothing new month

» Want to live more, shop less? Don’t forget Buy Nothing New Month, which takes place in October:

» www.buynothingnew.com.au

» Link up to Buy nothing new month on Facebook

» Tamara DiMattina’s Linkedin profile





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In other news

From our notes of this week: news stories and events we didn’t have time to mention but which we think you should know about


War against toxic synthetic chemicals

“You’ve launched a campaign against toxic cleaning products?”

“Yes. The employers have toxic products and many workers have gotten sick. When I first started working as a housecleaner, I used a lot of these toxic products. They’d make my eyes really red. I’d get headaches, allergies and be sneezing and everything. I was scratching at myself all the time. I’d cover up with a turtleneck, because, if not, people would stare at me. It made me ashamed that people would think I was sickly. I’m a person who is generally really healthy. The doctor told me that I was sick from the toxins I was absorbing from the products that I used in cleaning.”
~ María

» TruthOut – 15 September 2017:
Meet the Los Angeles Household Worker Taking on the Toxic Cleaning Industry




























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Fairfax poll:

“Do you believe solar and wind power can replace coal-fired Liddell?”

Why do Australians buy into the bluff from the coal industry and think that this is a question of “belief”?

Sorry, Herald Sun, but it is not even close to being a question of belief. Its a technical question, and you don’t have to look much around – for instance you could investigate what is happening in places like Scotland or Denmark – before you understand that the answer is “yes”.

Which is what AGL is fully aware of, not surprisingly – they are an energy company. They know their business.

Isn’t a bit offensive that our politicians and media take us for complete fools?

» The Herald Sun – 13 September 2017:
Solar and wind power can replace Liddell Power Station, alliance says





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Petition for farmers and graziers

Meet Jim MacDonald, Liverpool Plains sheep, lamb and cereal producer. He’s organised a full-page open letter in The Land to rural politicians in response to the anti-renewables policy coming from some Members of Parliament.

» Farmers and graziers across rural and regional Australia, support Jim here: www.farmersforclimateaction.org.au/open_letter



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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the environment and with the climate for hundreds of generations. It is not clear – yet – that as European settlers we have demonstrated that we can live in harmony for hundreds of generations, but it is clear that we can learn from the indigenous, traditional owners of this land.

When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…



The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?




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