Pittwater Life August 2017 Issue

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Eco Corner

Hope you weren’t too

daunted by Plastic Free

July! It’s vital to remember

that every little bit of plastic

you refuse to use makes a

difference. It’s these small

actions that collectively bring

about change, as awareness

spreads and we move away

from single-use plastic.

We know it’s hard to be

“eco perfect” and aspiring to a

state where you can maximise

change from unfriendly

usage. Our mantra is “don’t

let perfect get in the way of

good”. Harris Farm Markets,

Woolworths and Coles’ decision

last month to ban single-use

bags will save over 6 billion

bags every year! Whilst these

supermarkets will still wrap

some bananas in plastic, and

sell reusable plastic bags, this

is a massive saving for the

environment.

It’s challenging for

businesses to reduce their

environmental footprint, and

more for some industries than

others when customers have

an expectation of the way their

goods should be presented.

In retail, it can also be hard

to find eco alternatives that

protect and keep products

pristine for the consumer. At

ecodownunder, we’re trialling

new eco packaging in our

stores and feedback so far has

been extremely encouraging.

T

Often small business

wo highly regarded local

owners, who are already

not-for-profit essential

time poor, put sustainability services for women will

in the ‘too-hard basket’ and continue to be supported by

see it as an additional cost. It council grants for the next

doesn’t have to be. In many three years as part of a new

ways it’s more important for funding agreement.

SMEs to be socially responsible Manly Women’s Shelter

as they’re more engaged in will receive an annual grant

the community in which they of $61,102 and the Manly

operate and can respond to Community Centre $90,349,

and support social change. including $10,000 to support

Let’s not forget that research its Homeless Outreach Service.

has shown that consumers are

increasingly seeking out brands

which “care”,

so it’s good for

business too.

An eye to a greener future

Beckenham Optometrist has implemented

further steps to promote its affinity to the

‘Green’ cause and offset increasing wastage

world-wide.

“The environment on the Northern Beaches

is crucial to our quality of life, as is healthy

good vision,” says Rowena Beckenham. “We are

focussed on reducing our impact on the environment

whilst offering good-quality products

that will survive the rigours daily life. We back

this with frame and lens warranties that are

second to none.”

Rowena said frequent replacement of product

was necessary because the disposable

world’s inferior materials and manufacturing

techniques didn’t enable re-use.

“Poor longevity is adding to the masses of

wastes produced each year. According to Green

Peace, the average Australian produces 1.5

tonnes of waste in a year and much of this

household waste is avoidable – like plastic

packaging.”

She said Beckenham Optometrist tried to

avoid single-use plastic items, which posed a

threat to marine life and oceans.

“And we sponsor Boomerang Bags, which

offers shoppers an alternative to plastic bags,”

she said. “This is a fantastic initiative by a passionate

group of locals, in the move to ridding

Avalon of single-use plastic bags.”

Rowena added their glasses and contact

lenses were delivered in bags made from 100%

recycled paper that could then be used as giftwrapping,

and they reused boxes for mailing

out jobs to their laboratories.

“We offer free re-fills on lens cleaner spray

bottles; we work in conjunction with the Lion’s

Club to collect patients’ old glasses that would

otherwise be thrown out – to be used by

people in developing countries; and, if they are

still in good condition, we update patients’ new

prescription lenses into their old frames.”

Rowena said other initiatives customers

could embrace to be more environmentally

friendly included utilising their new 350-drop

capacity preservative-free lubricant bottles

that had an expiry date of 6 months; dropping

in old glasses (pictured) so they could be recycled

for overseas aid projects; and recycling

contact lens packaging.

“Beckenham strives to: Be Environmentally

Conscious, Keep Excess to Naught, and Help

Avalon Maximise recycling…” – Lisa Offord

Boost for local essential services

Northern Beaches Council

Administrator Dick Persson

said both organisations formed

an integral part of the Northern

Beaches’ social infrastructure.

Manly Women’s Shelter is

a community-based, nongovernment

organisation

that provides emergency

accommodation for up to 10

women at any one time and

support for homeless and atrisk

women who do not have

dependent children.

It costs $530,000 to run the

shelter per year, including the

grant from Council.

Manly Community Centre

is a community-based, nongovernment,

charitable,

not-for-profit organisation

providing residents with access

to information, counselling,

financial and legal advice,

multicultural services and

homelessness services. – LO

Russell Lamb is

the Founder of

ecodownunder

48 AUGUST 2017

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