Upcyclability and the idea that we can do better


Guest in the Sustainable Studio on 29 August 2018 is upcycle fashionista Diem Huong Young, founder of DHY Design which repurposes clothes in Torquay.

Over the phone we connect with La Vergne Lehmann, executive officer for Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group in Horsham and Ballarat, and Peter Monea and Shorty – the Box Brothers – from Daylesford, who are producing an alternative for the plastic used in things like berry punnets.

We play a short clip from a Facebook-video-selfie by Swedish Greta Thunberg who is on school strike for the climate, and a clip from Monday’s night’s Q&A on ABC tv.

 

“We can be living examples of what we want to see in the world.”
~ Diem Huong Young, DHY Design, in The Sustainable Hour



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Content of this hour

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


 #UPCYCLE: 

About Huong Young and DHY Design

DHY Design’s fashion show starts 0:40 sec in

» Home page:
www.dhydesign.com





 #SLOWFASHION: 

Podcast: What is slow fashion – and why should we care?

“Did you know over 80% of used clothing ends up in landfills – and because so much of it is made from synthetic fibers, it doesn’t biodegrade very well. In honor of fashion week, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into the reasons that the fashion industry is recognized as the world’s second largest polluter.”
 
» The Green Divas – 5 September 2018:
50 Shades of Green Divas: Why Slow Fashion





 #SUSTAINABLEFASHION: 

One thing you can do

Tip: Buy less, buy vintage and recycle

By Eduardo Garcia

Looking for more ways to reduce your environmental footprint? Look no further than your closet. According to a report by Quantis, an environmental consultancy, the apparel and footwear industries account for around 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, clothing manufacturers use large quantities of water and chemicals for the dying and finishing processes. T-shirts, socks and sweaters are typically made from cotton, a very thirsty crop that requires lots of pesticides. Polyester and nylon are derived from petrochemicals and are not biodegradable.

Finally, clothing companies outsource their production to factories in countries like China, India and Bangladesh, where environmental regulations are lax or nonexistent, and where workers earn low wages.

That’s how leading retailers source clothes at low prices. The final piece of the puzzle is us, the consumers: We often buy more clothes than we need just because they’re cheap.

The simplest way to reduce your wardrobe’s environmental footprint is to buy fewer clothes, said Linda Greer, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council who launched a program in 2009 to address the environmental impacts of the fashion industry.

“We live in an age of fast fashion in which people buy tremendously more clothing than they used to,” she said. “My advice is that you buy only what you really love and don’t go recreational shopping.”

Two more tips: Buy vintage and, when possible, buy clothes made from recycled fabric.

These tips were distributed on 3 October 2018 in the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. You can see the newsletter on www.nytimes.com.



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 #RECYCLE: 

About Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group’s mission is to “reduce waste and maximise recycling and resource recovery through information sharing, project development and collaborating with local government and industry.”

The organisation commenced operating in 2014 as a Statutory Authority established under Section 49C of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

» Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/GCWWRRG

» Home page:
www.recyclingrevolution.com.au





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 #UPCYCLE: 

About Box Brothers

Box Brothers from Daylesford aspire to supply quality bio-sustainable products hand crafted from re-purposed natural timbers otherwise destined for landfill. “A perfect alternative to plastics and looks fantastic, enhancing the presentation of organically grown produce. Australian made, biodegradable and compostable.”

See video:

» ABC Video – 26 July 2018
“Allen Short is doing his part to reduce plastic in the berry industry by making punnets out of offcuts from the timber industry. He’s among a growing number of producers finding ways to cut out single-use plastic in primary industries.”

» ABC Radio:
Victorian Country Hour for Thursday 26th July 2018
– the interview starts 23 minutes in  
 
» ABC Open – 27 July 2018:
Shorty – The Box Brother

» Webshop where you can purchase the boxes:
Etsy Store

» Morningswood Farm Website
www.morningswoodfarm.com

» Box Brothers on Instagram:
www.instagram.com/boxbrothersaustralia

» Box Brothers on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/TheBoxBrothers

» Box Brothers’ website:
www.boxbrothers.com.au



See also:

» ABC Rural – 27 July 2018:
Innovative farmers come up with ways to phase out single-use plastic packaging



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Action plan to make your company more sustainable:

Facebook Live event: Is your business clever and creative?

In this video, you will hear four inspiring stories of how Oishi-M, Rip Curl, Sage Farm and Geelong Mums are running their businesses in sustainable ways. They’ve become more energy and waste efficient, installed renewable energy systems, and educated their customers along the way.
Dr Niraj Lal, presenter for ABC Sciency and MC extraordinaire facilitates the Q&A session where you can post questions directly to the panellists.

“Sometimes it’s the small steps that count.”

» www.festival.business.vic.gov.au/event/is-your-business-clever-creative/

The full video was posted on the EcoDev Geelong Facebook page on 27 August:
   
Future Proofing Geelong are producing four short videos, featuring each of the businesses who were involved in the Facebook Live event.  And one that will give a snapshot of the whole hour long event.  They’ll use the videos as resources for small businesses on the Future Proofing Geelong commercial buildings and the UNESCO Geelong City of Design webpages. 
 
» Read more on www.facebook.com/EcoDevGeelong




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StopAdani Street by Street – call for volunteers


There’s a plan rolling out across the StopAdani movement called #StopAdani Street by Street – it’s kicking off in towns and cities across Australia right now.

We’re keen to get this work going in Geelong and would love you to join us and Charlie Wood from Tipping Point – a new organisation which supports grassroots stopadani groups – who’ll be visiting Geelong on 19 September to help make an awesome plan.

When: 6:30-7:45pm Wednesday 19 September 2018
Where: Geelong Library, Level 2 meeting room
What: Meeting to make an awesome plan for kicking off #StopAdani Street by Street in Geelong

RSVP: On this Facebook event page





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ABC Q&A on electricity prices and climate


» Q&A – 27 August 2018:
Adani versus Reef
21-year-old ex-coalminer

Hanson happily and proudly talking about that this mine is going to dig up 60 million tonnes of coal per year, but that in the beginning, for the first years, they have a more modest target of 27 million tonnes of coal, annually.

They talk a lot about water, since we have a drought now – and that the mine will be taking its water from a river. But they don’t seem to realise what rivers tend to do when in drought: rivers dry up! So then what? Wait for rain… or start pumping up from the basin?

» Q&A – 27 August 2018:
Electricity cost




“Experts agree there is no rational basis for conservative Liberals’ ‘infatuation’ with coal. Building more coal-fired power stations will do nothing to lower energy prices”
~ James Fernyhough, Money Editor, The New Daily

» The New Daily – 24 August 2018:
Dutton camp’s claim that coal is cheaper is just not true, energy experts agree










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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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