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blue earth day : : think globally, act locally

MAY 2007

Welcome

Eco-Tip

Have Your Say

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Welcome

Welcome everyone to our first Newsletter. As a Non Profit Organisation, Blue Earth Day Inc is an Urban Sustainability Advocacy focusing on helping change the Urban landscape by assisting Schools, Councils and Businesses in implementing sustainable initiatives and education into their everyday operation.

Our initial campaign is to implement sustainable school programs into participating schools. We are very happy to begin this campaign with Paddington Public School in Sydney. The program is designed not only to assist Paddington Public to become sustainable but its aim is to also educate the children in sustainability. It is also an opportunity for the parents and the community to come onboard and support their school and the environment at a grass roots level, which is exciting an opportunity to come together and make a difference in their community and make a difference.

You may also now be aware that our signature event, the Blue Earth Day Festival, has been rescheduled till later in the year. The new date for the festival is Saturday 8th December 2007. The aim of the festival is not only to showcase the work of the Non Profit Organisation, but also to bring the focus firmly back on us, the consumers, by offering alternative sustainable solutions to the many aspects of our busy urban lifestyles. It will give those attending the unique opportunity to gain access to the latest in green technologies, techniques and ideas and experience them first hand.

Not only featuring a vast array of sustainable initiatives but the festival itself will also incorporate these initiatives into every facet of operating the event, thereby making the festival fully sustainable.

In the coming editions of our Newsletters we will bring you environmental tips, updates on our campaigns and festival highlights and much more. We will also have a section of the Newsletter titled Have Your Say which means if you would like to share anything in regards to the environment or mention your eco services to be placed in the Newsletter, you are welcome to do so.

Please email your information to info@blueearthday.com.

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Eco-Tip

Some ideas on reducing your waste

Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, towels, shopping bags, etc. As much as possible to help create a tree-free home:

Replace paper serviettes with cloth serviettes

Replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels/napkins - store the used ones in a small container in your kitchen and just wash and reuse

Purchase bleach-free, toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find (80% minimum)

If you print documents, print on once-used paper and/or bleach-free, recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available

If you will be doing construction on your house, search out alternatives to using newly cut wood

While shopping, if you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own

Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, confectionary, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers

Avoid creating rubbish wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc

Instead of buying these items new, save and reuse all: bags (plastic and paper), rubber bands, boxes, and packaging material. Buy products in bulk to save on packaging

Buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc. Every little bit of rubbish avoided does make a difference!

Try this exercise: Think before you buy any product - do you really need it? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product (and associated packaging materials)?

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Have Your Say

Ben Eadie and Matt Phelan from October Sun Enterprises are proud to be partners of the Blue Earth Day Festival. October Sun Enterprises is an eco-company that provides eco-events consultancy and eco-events management. October Sun offer real sustainable solutions to all facets of event coordination.

For more information please visit www.octobersun.com.au.

Have You Got Something to Say?

If you would like to share anything in regards to the environment or mention your eco services to be placed in the Newsletter, you are welcome to do so.

Please email your information to info@blueearthday.com.

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Mailing Address: Blue Earth Day Incorporated, L3, 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 ABN 83 072 134 305

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