Sustainability Matters 2021 - Business Opportunities - Sustainable Solutions: Evolving problems into business opportunities with sustainable solutions.
Join us this year on Tuesday 27th of April from 2 pm - 3.30 pm for another fantastic Sustainability Matters on-line webinar. You will be hearing from Abigail Forsyth, KeepCup Cofounder and Managing Director, who will share with you how she seized the business opportunity of a waste problem (disposable cups ending up in landfill) to create a robust and thriving business that offers a fantastic sustainable solution; the reusable coffee cup. KeepCups are now used in more than 65 countries around the world, diverting millions of disposable cups from landfill every day. They are locally manufactured, in Australia for the Australian Market, with their Australian office being solar powered since 2015 and the company committed to being part of the circular economy.
You will also hear from three local businesses/organisations: Hiruni Peiris, co-owner of Northcote Bakeshop and founder of the WANGIM Cup program; Alex Kung, co-owner of Reducing our Footprint and Katherine Barraclough, parent of Fairfield Primary school. Register here for this FREE on-line event.
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Sustainability Matters brings the stories of local businesses taking the lead in sustainability to other businesses, residents and interested community members. Through them you will hear about local businesses adopting green practices and cutting their costs, whilst reducing their carbon footprint, waste and often growing their business.
To get a taste for this year's event you can view our 2020 Sustainability Matters online webinars here. We have webinars on Solar and Energy Efficiency, Reducing Waste and the Circular Economy.
Within these webinars you will hear from local businesses A Little Light, CERES Fair Food & Fair Wood, Charles Sandford & McKay Joinery, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Integrated Recycling, Moon Rabbit, Show Works, Suntory (formerly Mocopan), Terra Madre and The Northcote Bakeshop. These webinars also include the work of local artists Maria Coviello and Bec James and live sketching from Mathew Magain of Sketch Group. Our 2020 Sustainability Matters webinars were proudly sponsored by the Victorian State Government.
To view the individual stories of some speakers from this year and previous years go to our Sustainable Business Playlist on the CityofDarebin YouTube page.
Light$mart - Free LED lighting upgrades for Darebin businesses and organisations (conditions apply)
All businesses in Darebin are now able to apply for our Light$mart program, which offers a free or subsidised LED lighting upgrade to local businesses and organisations (conditions apply). So far over 250 Darebin businesses/organisations have been upgraded through this program, saving an average of $420 a year on their electricity bills.
To find out more and register your interest please email email@example.com and put 'Light$mart' in your subject heading.
Getting the best energy deal using Energy Compare
The Victorian Government Energy Compare website can help you find a cheaper deal for your energy supply, including Green Power options. Over 85% of small business users typically find savings of around $700 a year by using this site.
Sustainable Darebin Map
Sustainable Darebin Map features businesses that are single-use plastic free, local recycling stations, organics grocers and much more. To view the map and support sustainable Darebin businesses, go to the Sustainable Darebin Map. You can also request to add your business by using the ‘add your business’ button.
Green Business Networking Events
Our December 2020 Building Business Resilience through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Green Business Networking event featured local businesses, 3 Ravens, Charles Sandford & McKay Joinery and CERES Fair Food , all of whom are building their business resilience by saving money through reducing their energy use and bills. Jon Fettes of Regenerate Engineering also spoke on how you can take advantage of the opportunities to purchase renewable energy and offsets to move your business towards zero carbon.
If you would like to access the case studies from this event and the Energy Purchasing Guide for the City of Darebin, produced by Regenerate Engineering email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Business Network meets annually. These events are typically held within a local business that showcases their sustainable actions and initiatives. It is a chance to network, share ideas, inspiration and resources. Sign up for our Business ENews monthly newsletter to keep informed about future events and details.
Local Sustainability Business Leaders
Many businesses in Darebin are taking a lead in terms of environmental sustainability. Be inspired and learn more about they are taking incremental steps to reduce their impact on the environment, reduce their carbon emissions whilst gaining local support in the process, through viewing these 10 Sustainable Business Leader videos.
1. A Little Light
2. CERES Fair Food & CERES Fair Wood
3. Charles Sandford & McKay Joinery
5. Fairfield Phyisotherapy
6. Moon Rabbit
7. Shiny Embroidery
8. Show Works
9. Terra Madre
10. The Northcote Bakeshop
Business Recycling Bins
We offer a fortnightly Business Recycling Service for a one-off fee of $100.10 (GST exempt) per 240 litre bin, with a maximum of two bins available. All items recyclable in the Darebin residential recycling bins are accepted. To find out what you can put in your business recycling bin go to What can go in my recycling bin?.
To order your business recycling bin(s) go to www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Recycling
Business Organic Waste Recycling
There are a number of options available to Darebin businesses for recycling organic waste; some of these are outlined here. Options include: recycling your organic waste via on-site worm farms, participating in a range of community schemes like sharewaste in which local residents and customers may come and collect some or all of your organic waste and setting up an organic waste collection service with a private contractor.
For local cafes you might be interested in participating in our Cafe to Garden program that links you to customers and residents that will pick up your coffee grounds. We currently have 21 local cafes participating in this program, to find out who they are go to www.darebinfoodharvestnetwork.org.au/cafetogarden
If you are interested in starting to recycle your organics, or if you are already doing it and we don't know, drop us a line at email@example.com
The Circular Economy and Sustainable Purchasing
More and more businesses are making the shift from a Take -> Make -> Waste model to the Borrow -> Use -> Return -> model of the circular economy. Watch our short video or longer webinar on what some Darebin businesses are doing in this space.
Participating in the Circular Economy requires us to be purchasing products that are made from reused and recycled materials. Sustainability Victoria has released their Buy Recycled Directory to make it easier to make purchasing decisions that support the circular economy.
Solar Bulk Buy Program for Darebin Businesses
Take advantage of great prices, good quality products and installers by participating our Darebin Solar Bulk Buy program to put solar on your rooftop. Register your interest in the Solar Bulk Buy program at www.darebin.vic.gov.au/solar
Solar Victoria - Solar for Small Businesses
The Victorian government from May 2021 will be introducing their Solar for Small Business Program. This program will enable 15,000 businesses, over 3 years, of 19 staff or less, to receive up to a $3,500 rebate for installing up to a 30 kw rooftop solar system. Rebates will cover up to 50% of the cost of rooftop solar to reduce the upfront costs. Find out more and register your interest now at www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-small-business
Environmental Upgrade Agreements for Darebin businesses
For businesses interested in installing large solar system or undertaking energy efficiency upgrades, we can help you to source funding to achieve this through an Environmental Upgrade Agreement. Watch this short video to find out more about what an Environmental Upgrade Agreement is and how it works. Register your interest in an Environmental Upgrade at www.darebin.vic.gov.au/solar
Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing - Building Business Resilience by reducing costs
Join our SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) program by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working with over 30 local manufacturers to help them reduce their energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Through their participation in SLIM all these businesses have saved thousands of dollars through making changes to help their businesses be more environmentally sustainable.
All our SLIM businesses have installed LED lighting, many have installed solar, some have formed industrial ecology business partnerships to turn their waste into a resource for others, and all have reduced their waste going to landfill.
We are also looking for businesses interested in accessing a highly subsidised Energy & Materials solutions assessment. If you are a local manufacturer and are interested in getting support to save money and reduce your energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and interested in connecting with other sustainable leaders in manufacturing email email@example.com or call 8470 8550.
Free timers for non-perishable drinks fridges and other equipment
If you have fridges that contain non-perishable items, you could be saving between $400 - $500 a year by switching them off when your business is closed. We are offering food and beverage businesses free fridge timers as part of our Darebin Fridge Timer Program to reduce electricity consumption. You may also be able to access free timers for other equipment which doesn't need to kept on 24/7, including sandwich presses and hot bain-maries.
To request a timer for your business email firstname.lastname@example.org call 8470 8888.
Free bike racks for customer parking
Council is committed to encouraging green travel and will install a free bicycle parking hoop as part of our Bicycle Racks for Businesses program outside eligible local businesses.
To find out if your business meets the eligibility criteria for safety and accessibility please complete our online form and a transport officer will contact you.
Green Business Directory
If your business sells ‘green’ products or services, or is actively working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste you may be eligible to be listed on our Green Business Directory.
Over 220 businesses, including cafes, accountants, retail shops, osteopaths, mechanics, solar power installers, manufacturers and more are listed on the Darebin Green Business Directory. These businesses are working to operate more sustainably and/or offering ‘green’ products and services that help reduce environmental impact. Why not think about doing business with them!
To find out more email email@example.com or call 8470 8888.
Efficiency & Sustainability Health Checks
If you are interested in reducing your energy bills, waste and environmental impact and making your business more resilient you can request an Efficiency & Sustainability Health Check. Through this one-on-one consultation we will assess your current sustainability status and help you identify further actions you can take. In addition to the possible cost savings, if your business is assessed as taking significant energy efficiency, waste reduction and sustainability actions it will become a Certified Darebin Green Business and will be promoted in our Darebin Green Business Directory and Sustainable Darebin Map.
If you would like to access a free Efficiency & Sustainability Health Check, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8470 8888. To find Certified Green Businesses in Darebin go to our Darebin Green Business Directory.
VIC Bag Ban
Lightweight plastic shopping bags are now banned in Victoria. This ban was brought in by the Victorian State Government in November 2019. For details regarding the type of bags that are banned and those that are allowed go to www.vicbagban.com.au or call 1800 817 723.
Single Use Plastics
Single-use straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria by February 2023. The ban will help reduce plastic pollution. Business can choose reusables instead, or eliminate the use of certain items altogether. For a practical guide for your business, download Council’s new resource, Plastic Free Darebin Business Guide.
There are a range of other programs available to support you reduce your use of single use plastics, these include: Boomerang Bags , Retub, Trashless Takeaway and Responsible Cafes. Remember though, food businesses have legal responsibilities to ensure all food is safe to consume. This includes ensuring that food is served in containers that are fit for purpose and have been cleaned and sanitised. To find out more, go to our Food Safety webpage, or watch our video on Cleanliness.
WANGIM reusable coffee cup program
Join a growing number of local cafes and customers that are participating in the WANGIM Borrow. Use. Return Reusable Cup Program. WANGIM is the local Woiwurrung word for boomerang, and, just like a boomerang, the program works by having customers collect their coffee in a special takeaway Wangim mug (at no additional cost), and then return it to a participating café on their next trip. Wangim, initiated by Hiruni Peiris of the Northcote Bakeshop is a community-led initiative funded by Darebin City Council which aims to remove the need for single-use cups.
Other places to go for help on your sustainability journey
You can get support from other local businesses and find out about a range of sustainable business programs on the Darebin Business Zero Waste Network Facebook Group.
The following sustainability programs offer support (for relevant sectors) and a chance to connect with others who share your vision:
The following websites also offer some great tips and resources:
The following books are also inspirational and great reads:
The following movies are also inspirational and if you are interested in sustainability great films to view:
Sustainable Business Officer
Phone: 8470 8550