This month we're really living up to our name ;-) as we discover and hopefully vindicate the marvellous but much maligned Cannabis plant. An amazing crop which needs to be more broadly recognised as one of the most exciting, ecologically responsible and sustainable materials available.
Hemp's variety of primary products, including fibre, oil, and seed, can then be further processed into foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel.
Hemp is incredibly productive and energy efficient, such that the substitution of varied conventional materials with their hemp-based equivalent has the potential to help 'green' many industries; including agriculture, construction, and fashion & textiles.
To help us understand this marvellous and diversely useful plant we've invited several well respected Australian Hemp experts to enlighten us and share their stories.
Plus our hosts Trolley'd have promised to take good care of us with some Hemp oil infused cocktails (no thc. promise) and beers care of Mountain Goat.
As a classical pianist, I thought hemp was either drugs or a course fibre made into ropes and sails. Upon meeting my husband who first mentioned that hemp could be part of the economic and ecological solution to some of the challenges we face globally, I couldn't quite understand it until I looked into the history and information about the versatility of this plant.
Klara Marosszeky has been involved in the Australian Hemp industry for 16 years in both the farming and construction sectors. she has grown both dryland and irrigated fibre crops. She has been involved in the development of a low embodied energy hemp lime building material and construction process and supplies advice and certified BCA compliant building materials for residential and commercial construction as well as providing training to architects, building designers, builders.
Dick is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels.
This month we're having a bit of fun care of two dynamic and stylish Ladiez, Lisa & Natascha, who'll be sharing some of their sustainable lifestyle secrets.
Lisa Heinze is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, and her research focus is fashion and sustainability, with particular emphasis on the consumer experience of fashion. She is the author ofSustainability with Style, an eco-memoir designed to help others live their most sustainable lives without giving up their own sense of style. She is also a co-founder of Clean Cut, Australia's sustainable fashion advocacy group, and presents and consults on issues of sustainable living and environmental communications.
Lisa has a background in marketing and consumer behaviour, having worked across a range of iconic global consumer brands, and her Masters research focused on sustainable consumption and barriers to climate change action. Some of her experience with environmental organisations includes leading the marketing team for the Green Building Council of Australia and sitting on the organising committee for Australia's annual Green Cities conference.
Natascha Moy celebrates diversity and believes it is the foundation of living a beautiful life. Backed by a journalism degree Natascha has held senior positions in magazines and newspapers as well as launched several online business. Since 2008 she has hosted the FoodinFocus Radio show on Eastside 89.7fm. Over the past 7 years she has interviewed stellar chefs like Matt Moran, Manu Feildel and Curtis Stone as well as brilliant wine makers, authors and producers. Her passion for sustainable products was a direct result of her interviews with these brilliant invested men and women.
In 2014 Natascha launched The Foxy Press a website dedicated to beautiful sustainable products and ideas. With the belief that money creates transformation in the marketplace Natascha has embarked on creating sustainable awareness within the urban landscape. Instead of considering a sustainable life as a diminished life Natascha is teaching women and men how to embrace the future and move towards a sustainable, comfortable and regenerative life.
At the start of Plastic Free July, we take a look at all things plastic.
From shopping bags and milk to letters and cheese, more and more consumer goods are now made from or covered in plastic. Plastic loves the ocean as much as you do. Disposable plastic is one of many contributors to greater Sydney’s landfills.
Is this a problem? Is it worth encouraging more people to recycle? Where can consumers influence global supply chains hungry for disposable plastic? How do we change littering behaviour? How much plastic actually gets recycled? Is it possible to live plastic-free?
We’ve rustled up a bag-full of speakers whose personal and professional lives are intertwined with plastic.
Come along to get your answers from our fantastic (get it, rhymes with plastic!) array of speakers.
Justin is Founding Director of Responsible Action Network (RAN), which fosters a mainstream reuse culture. The RAN family includes Responsible Runners – a novel combination of running/walking and weekly cleanups that reduce marine debris and raise awareness about the health and environmental dangers of single-use disposable waste, particularly plastic, while effecting positive behavioural change. Justin is a sustainability consultant and environmental advocate working to empower positive behavioural change towards a more sustainable society. Other initiatives he has founded include Responsible Cafes, Run the Tarkine, and Bondi Food Collective. Justin has campaigned with Boomerang Alliance for container deposit legislation, and remains a champion for a plastic bag ban and renewable energy.
Layla is Senior Project Officer at the NSW EPA and has been judge and assessor for the Sustainable Cities and Tidy Town programs in recent years. Layla is an environmental generalist with 16 yrs experience in the public sector providing strategic planning and program development for waste and recycling projects, water and natural resource management responsibilities. She has a honours degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Environmental Communications.
The story of plastic and how society grapples with it is one that would be incomplete without Tim. Tim has been on a whirlwind multidisciplinary journey, wearing many hats from scientific research, activism, organisational development and environmental enterprise. You may be familiar with Tim’s work as co-founder of Take 3 that asks everyone to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.
Tim also founded ReChusable, an enviro-enterprise that provides sustainable alternatives to disposable products; is a spokesperson for the Boomerang Alliance, advocating waste and recycling reform in Australia; and a member of the Circular Economy Australia movement.
June 8th is world Oceans Day, and this year's theme is "healthy oceans, healthy planet".
With vectors like, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, agricultural run-off and depleted fisheries, for June Greenups we're asking the question, just how healthy are our oceans, and what if anything can we do to make them healthier?
To help us take stock (sorry bad pun) and learn what we can do about these varied issues, we've gathered some knowledgeable ocean experts to guide our conversations.
Adrian Enright - Policy Manager, WWF Climate Change
Adrian is WWFs Climate Change Policy Manager, focusing on major policy areas including emission reduction targets, renewable energy and climate finance. Prior to joining WWF, Adrian was the Global Coordinator for Climate Smart Agriculture with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). During this time he has been supporting and coordinating climate change projects, primarily in Asia and Africa. This included working as an advisor for the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme in Vietnam. Adrian also worked for more than three years as a climate change policy officer and environmental economist for the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Dr Adrian Gutteridge – IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Dr Adrian Gutteridge is a Marine Biologist who’s specialty includes shark biology, fisheries science and marine conservation. He completed his PhD from the University of Queensland in 2012, with his thesis focussing on the species community and fisheries interactions of the sharks and rays of Hervey Bay, Queensland. His research has included a variety of shark and ray species along the east coast of Australia, including biological assessments, ecological investigations and satellite tagging of hammerhead sharks and tiger sharks.
Meredith Epp - Science Communications Officer, MSC Oceania
As Science Communications Officer from MSC Oceania, Meredith works to communicate the credibility and importance of sustainable fishing to a variety of audiences from fishermen, retailers, government, students and consumers. The MSC is the world's leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood. Her goal is to show how the choosing sustainable seafood is good for the oceans, good for fishermen and good to eat. Meredith received her Master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation in California before moving to Sydney to work for the Marine Stewardship Council.
Richard Ververs - CEO of Underwater Earth and Exec Project Director of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey
Richard is an underwater photographer and communication specialist. His role is to drive the project, and occasionally the camera itself with a goal to bring the magic of underwater into our everyday lives. Richard has a background of 10 years working in advertising in London, followed by 10 years as an underwater photographer, artist, designer and communicator, working with a range of conservation organisations and companies including the Sydney Aquarium. Richard's favourite dive is the isolated oceanic Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea and favourite sea critter is the Mantis Shrimp, the epitome of how diverse and bizarre life underwater can really be.