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eco-friendly, organic & sustainable bed sheets

It’s amazing how many organic and sustainable bed sheets you can find today. In our home, we have tried a few different brands and have been happy with it all. I felt this post would benefit a lot of people looking to create more of an eco-friendly and healthy bedroom oasis.

Why Choose Organic and Natural Fabrics for your bed sheets?

Because we spend 1/3 of our lives in our beds! Why wouldn’t we want to make it a safe, non-toxic zone? We shouldn’t have to compromise our health (or the planet’s) when we get a little shut-eye. You don’t want to sleep on toxic dyes or fibers which have been grown with pesticides. These types of fabrics in this post are highly regulated during the entire process from crop to finish, so you can be sure you are sleeping on a safe product.

What types of fabrics should we look for when shopping for new bed sheets?

From organic cotton to hemp, all of these sheets bring you comfort and a good night’s rest. Their quality is superb, and you can rest easy knowing you aren’t sleeping on chemically infused linens. Organic Cotton, Linen, Hemp, and Tencel are the main fabrics to look for. Linen sheets give a beautiful French aesthetic, while Tencel is the perfect alternative to silk. Hemp is usually blended with organic cotton and can provide a very soft linen appearance and may even feel softer. Organic cotton is the basic go-to and one you can’t go wrong with. To learn more about sustainable fabrics, visit our Fabrics & Certifications section here.

Our Top Picks for sustainable Bedding:

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1) Made Trade

Materials | Tencel, Organic Cotton, & more

Queen Set Price | Various

This wonderful online shop is home to many sustainable home brands like Sijo, Coyuchi, HOOT, and Area Home. If you are looking to create a more sustainable living space, this is the place to check out! Their selection of organic bedding is made from earth-friendly materials like Bamboo Sateen and Tencel Eucalyptus.

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2) Maggie’s Organics

Materials | Fair Trade, Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $120

Originally known for their supersoft organic socks, Maggie's Organics also carries luxurious (but affordable) sheet sets, duvets, and pillow shams. They're made from supersoft and amazingly cozy GOTS-certified organic cotton combined with ethically produced linen. Plus, everything is Real Fair Trade-guaranteed by the World Fair Trade Organization.

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3) Under the Canopy

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $78

Under the Canopy has been in the game of bringing conscious consumers quality, organic and fair products since the beginning. They are, by far, the most affordable of any organic cotton sheets on the market. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model.

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4) Pact

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $120

Pact has two different sheet sets to choose from - a Room Service set, which is silky smooth sateen, and the Favorite Tee set, which feels like your most comfortable t-shirt. The first set comes in more classic colors, like blush, natural and sea foam, & the second set has more pops of color, like lavender, scarlet & pine.

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5) Cozy Earth

Materials | Bamboo

Queen Set Price | $369

These temperature-regulating and super soft sheets are great whether you tend to sleep hot or cold. This bamboo bedding is produced using a closed-loop system, and the end product is tested to ensure it does not contain any harsh chemicals. The Cozy Earth team works directly with the factory where products are made in order to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages for workers.

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6) Takasa

Materials | Organic & Fairtrade Cotton

Queen Set Price | $288

With a passion for exceptionally high quality materials and socially conscious manufacturing processes, Takasa - a Vancouver, BC based Benefit Company - is focused on combining thoughtfully designed premium products for those who value beauty, durability and ethical sustainability. Takasa products are crafted with certified GOTS organic and Fairtrade Cotton, they measure their environmental footprint, provide a carbon offset certificate and plant a tree with every single order.

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7) West Elm

Materials | Linen, Tencel, Organic Cotton, Hemp

Queen Set Price | $150

West Elm is a leader in the sustainable and ethical home goods arena and was even the first-ever home retailer to join Fair Trade USA in 2014. This is probably the biggest selection of eco-friendly bedding you can find. Many of the materials used are FSC-Certified, recycled, GREENGUARD certified, Better Cotton certified, and more.

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8) Coyuchi

Materials | Organic Cotton, Linen

Queen Set Price | $238

From relaxed linen to organic cotton, Coyuchi is making sheets to suit everyone. They even have flannel sheets for when winter comes and jersey sheets if you like to feel like your sleeping in a big t-shirt. Coyuchi even compares your impact to conventional cotton - for the Percale sheets, you save over 1,400 days of drinking water and 141 sq ft of land farmed without the use of pesticides!

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9) Grund America

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $238

I have a few organic cotton towels from this brand that are wonderful, so I’m sure their bed sheets are just as great! Their bedding is made from 100% organic cotton and comes in a range of colors - and even a few patterns! What’s really cool with this brand, you can buy flat sheets and fitted sheets separately, & if you are like me, this is amazing because we rarely use our flat sheets since it is so hot in Florida.

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10) Shades of Green

Materials | European Linen

Queen Price | $199+

Linen is always a great choice for bedding because it has natural anti-bacterial properties and a lived-in feel. If you are looking for products that have undergone rigorous evaluation, this is the place for you. Shades of Green offers us carefully curated products that stand the test of time without sacrificing aesthetic.

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11) Anchal

Materials | Organic Cotton

Price | $275-558

We absolutely love Anchal’s unique aesthetic, blending traditional kantha quilting techniques with contemporary geometric designs. They carry a variety of quilts and duvet covers—many of which are reversible! A member of the Fair Trade Federation, everything from Anchal is handmade by artisans who are paid a living wage for their work, and each piece carries a hand-stitched signature of the maker.

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12) SOL Organics

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $149

SOL Organics live up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent - but I can add on cozy, too. We own their Sateen sheets, and they are so comfortable and get even softer over time. You can sleep confident knowing the person who made them were paid a fair wage, too! SOL Organics also has a more affordable set of linen sheets at around $200 - and flannel ones!

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13) Savvy Rest

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $129

Savvy Rest is a US based {Central Virginia} organic brand specializing in mattresses, bedding, furniture and so much more. My gorgeous Esmont Platform bed is one of theirs! They also create some of the comfiest pillows I have ever used.  Their Organic Kapok Pillows are made with kapok - a buoyant natural fiber that is the perfect alternative to down. These fluffy {& super comfy} guys are customizable, too!

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14) American Blossom Linens

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $289

American Blossom Linens is the only bedding brand made completely in the USA, with 100% USA Organic Cotton grown by family farmers in West Texas. These eco-friendly & chemical-free bed sheets are woven to last a lifetime & grow softer the longer you use them. The entire manufacturing process, from farmer to sewer, is kept right here in the USA.

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15) Boll & Branch

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $240

This brand has a few different styles for sheet sets, but they always use 100% premium organic cotton with ethical production and attention to every detail. Their Classic Hemmed Sheets have a buttery feel and get softer after each wash. They have certifications such as Fair Trade Certified Cotton & Factory, GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

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16) Naturepedic

Materials | Organic Cotton

Queen Set Price | $239

The Naturepedic Organic Luxury Sheet Set includes 100% certified organic cotton 400 thread count sateen fitted and flat sheets plus one or two pillowcases. It comes in its natural cotton color, and is grown without synthetic insecticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Their sheets are GOTS Certified, plus 1% is given back to the planet. You also have a 30 day trial!

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17) Delilah Home Goods

Materials | Organic Hemp & Cotton

Queen Set Price | $350

I highly recommend trying out Delilah Home Goods’ hemp duvet comforters and sheet sets! Did you know hemp needs no pesticides or fertilizers to grow and uses about half the water needed to grow conventional cotton?! For their organic cotton sheets, Delilah Home Goods uses a GOTS Certified Organic Cotton making it a close runner-up to hemp.

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18) Nest Bedding

Materials | Tencel, Organic Cotton & Linen

Queen Set Price | $139

We own a set of Tencel bed sheets from another brand (which unfortunately went out of business this year), and they are the softest you can possibly sleep on. Tencel feels a lot like silk so it is so smooth and it keeps you cool through the night. This brand has almost every option of bedding for you, so if you like to mix up fabrics and textures, this is the place to go!

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19) PlushBeds

Materials | Organic Cotton, Tencel, Bamboo, Linen

Queen Set Price | $199

Another brand who offers a wide range of bedding textiles. Besides Tencel being one of my favorites, linen sheets are next on my list to purchase. I’ve stayed in French hotels where they only used linen sheets, and they were absolutely perfect. PlushBeds offers a French Linen Set, but it is definitely a splurge at $561 for a queen set - now on sale for $449.

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The Best Sustainable & Organic Bath Towels

In need of some new bath towels? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite sustainable brands using organic cotton to create plush, cozy towels for your bathroom.

Why should you choose Organic Cotton Bath Towels?

According to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Material Sustainability Index, the environmental impact of conventional cotton production from cradle to gate (so basically, not considering cotton as a garment and its post-consumer ‘after-life’) is so significant that it’s the fifth most impactful material of all. After silk, alpaca wool, cow and goat leather, conventional cotton has the greatest eco-impact when considering global warming, eutrophication (which can lead to dead-zones), water scarcity, fossil fuels, and chemistry.

Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Organic cotton crops can be sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) natural proteins to protect them from insect infestation and crop destruction, but not with the cocktail of toxic chemicals often sprayed over conventional cotton crops. 

This not only helps to protect farmers, but the environment, too. Eutrophication occurs when water is overly enriched with nutrients, often due to fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, which can result in dead-zones in water, where life struggles to persist. The same Sustainable Apparel Coalition data shows that eutrophication is reduced in organic cotton as compared to conventional cotton production. 

We can go on and on about the benefits of choosing organic cotton, but if you want to learn more, we suggest checking this post out here. It also dives into the different types of organic cotton like GOTS, Fair Trade, and Recycled Cotton.

Our Top picks for Eco-Friendly, organic bath towels:

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1) Under the Canopy

Price | $18

This brand has a strong commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials. They want everyone included in conscious consumerism. Therefore, their products are affordable, accessible & {of course} attractive.

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2) Affina

Price | $38

All of Affina’s colors, patterns, and textures are inspired by nature. Woven by some of the finest towel weavers in Portugal, these luxurious and eco-friendly bath towels are made out of 100% organic cotton. They are tested and certified free from more than 300 harmful substances by the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, and are GOTS certified. They also carry bath mitts, soap dishes, bedding, and beach towels, too!

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3) Coyuchi

Price | $48

From plush to Mediterranean style, Coyuchi makes towels to suit everyone. I love how Coyuchi shows your impact when purchasing one of their products. For example, The Cloud Loom Organic Towels save 1,190 days of drinking water, 5 miles of driving emissions avoided, and 114 sq ft of land farmed without pesticides. Coyuchi is probably one of the best brands to go to when shopping for linens for the home. If you get some towels, pick up a robe & bath mat, too!

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4) Delilah Home Goods

Price | $90 for set of 2

These soft towels are European-crafted and made of 100% organic cotton. They are created with long-staple, 100% organic Turkish cotton, Global Organic Textile Standard Certified, spun into fine yarns, and loomed into long, two-ply, double loops making the most of the fiber’s extraordinary length. The extra-long loops make the towels highly absorbent, soft, and up to 50% thicker than most other towels. Talk about cozy & warm!

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5) Sunrise Bliss

Price | $28

You know a product is a keeper when you aren’t in your own home and miss it. That’s how I am with these towels. I have one at my grandparents where I frequent often because I can’t wash my hair and not have one on hand. I LOVE these towels, and even carry one in my car & handbag for those ‘just in case’ days. Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton with low impact dyes, and washes very well.

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6) Takasa

Price |$62

With a passion for exceptionally high quality materials and socially conscious manufacturing processes, Takasa - a Vancouver, BC based Benefit Company - is focused on combining thoughtfully designed premium products for those who value beauty, durability and ethical sustainability. Takasa products are crafted with certified GOTS organic and Fairtrade Cotton, we measure our environmental footprint, provide a carbon offset certificate and plant a tree with every single order.

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7) Made Trade

One of my favorite online stores for home goods has several different sustainable bath towels for you to choose from.

Made Trade carries brands like Coyuchi, Minna, and Anatoli. Plus, they make sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product, so you know exactly what category it falls under.

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8) SOL Organics

SOL Organics lives up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent. I love my SOL bed sheets, so I’m sure their GOTS certified towels are just as wonderful! Like their name, they look pretty plush and cozy. Their longer cotton fibers mean stronger, finer & smoother yarn. The long-staple fibers spun into single-ply yarn make for light, long-lasting towels. Along with their organic cotton, they also use low-impact dyes!

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9) Boll & Branch

Price | $48

Their towels look plush luxury and are all made from 100% organic cotton. Boll & Branch uses a 2-ply organic cotton yarn and high pile height to give their towels a substantial feel. In addition, they can fluff up the yarns through a unique, chemical-free tumbling process. Of course, you can always try their products out during a 30-day trial period, but based on reviews, I think you’ll like them. They have bathrobes, too, if you want to add that on.

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10) Anact

Price | $35

A towel made from hemp and organic cotton! A fiber I’ve been rather excited to see have a comeback is hemp. Hemp fiber has so many benefits; it’s silly we haven’t been able to grow it for years. Unfortunately, at this point, there are still a few obstacles to combat, such as access to quality fiber seed, processing equipment, and market size before it becomes widely used. However, this brand is based in my town Jax, FL, and they make an excellent towel set!

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Veolia has acquired Allpipe Technologies, a Perth-based business that specialises in drainage and has provided trenchless solutions to councils across the city. The acquisition marks an expansion of Veolia’s services into Western Australia.

Veolia’s Chief Operating Officer for Water, Dan Spiller, said that the purchase was an exciting step as the business grows its services in the state.

“With our existing industrial services and waste activities, the expansion of our water business will complete our ability to drive a full complement of solutions for customers,” said Spiller. “Working as part of our network services business, the acquisition will bring new opportunities to drive innovation and whole-of-life network solutions.”

The partnership will see all of Allpipe’s local assets and employees transfer to Veolia — including the former owners, who will continue to offer their experience in drainage.

Spiller said that the two businesses would work well together due to a shared interest in knowledge-sharing regarding drainage.

“There are strong synergies between our organisations and a shared commitment to building a successful relationship that benefits our customers. Veolia already operates similar businesses on the east coast, so the opportunity to expand in Western Australia by combining with some local expertise was too good to miss,” he said.

“I’m confident it’s the start of a long and successful engagement for Veolia’s water business in Western Australia.”

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The right battery for the right device — it’s a simple switch that could help Australian businesses make significant savings and move them closer to achieving their carbon emission targets.

Procell, the professional batteries arm of leading global manufacturer Duracell, has developed a cost calculator, using Australian specific data, to help businesses identify hidden costs associated with battery replacement and its environmental impact.

It is estimated sectors, such as hospitality, could save significantly on battery related costs by simply using the right battery, as the correct battery solution reduces battery replacements, labour costs and appliance downtime.

Duracell Asia B2B Senior Director Jane Lo demonstrated the new cost savings calculator at Australia’s premier facilities management conference, Total Facilities 2022.

“In today’s highly automated, always-on business environment, there’s a heavy reliance on battery-operated devices for companies to operate seamlessly. As a result, business expenditure on battery replacements has increased,” said Ms Lo.

“Batteries play an important role in the overall safety, performance, and reliability of many devices whether in a hospitality, security or medical setting.

“If it’s buying batteries for remote controls, smoke alarms, or sanitiser dispensers, we want to help businesses explore ways to increase efficiencies by replacing batteries less and save more.”

AVOID DRAINING YOUR BATTERY BUDGET

Finding new ways to increase efficiencies and reduce overheads remain key commercial priorities for Australian businesses, but when it comes to battery expenditure, the true cost isn’t always apparent.

Firstly, you have the labour costs to replace the battery itself, and then other associated costs, such as interrupted workflow and downtime, deliveries, and logistics. These costs are not always taken into consideration by businesses, but they have a significant impact on operations and service levels.

Procell’s new cost calculator has identified significant opportunities for businesses to save money on battery related costs, across a variety of industry sectors, including:

  • manufacturing facilities
  • medical facilities
  • security
  • infrastructure
  • hospitality
     

This hidden cost for businesses is caused by high frequency, high drain devices (typically those operating a motor or mechanism such as electric door locks or blood pressure monitors), which have different battery needs compared to intermittent low drain devices (such as remote controls or blood glucose meters).

“Taking into account device functionality when selecting batteries can achieve longer-lasting consistent performance, which in turn means fewer replacements and less expenditure,” said Ms Lo.

“Saving time and labour replacing batteries is particularly important in the current labour market, with chronic staffing pressure being felt in both healthcare and hospitality, two sectors that also have a high reliance of battery automation.”

BETTER FOR BUSINESS, BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The use of battery-operated devices is on the rise. Trends like the Industrial Internet of Things are enabling businesses to connect and automate buildings, technology and energy systems; transforming the way facilities are managed.

Procell is a professional range of device specific alkaline batteries designed to minimise battery replacements and reduce the environmental impact of battery waste. It is the only range of high-performing batteries with products tailored for both low drain and high drain devices, which have been tested to guarantee highest quality and consistently reliable performance.

In hospital settings it has been demonstrated that Procell Intense batteries (used in patient monitors) lasted three and a half times longer than competitor brand batteries and were highly rated for performance, sustainability, safety and reliability.

The new cost calculator helps organisations determine the right Procell battery for each appliance across their business and identifies the potential cost savings, as well as environmental benefits of a reduction in battery turnover.

“We listened to the market and heard that businesses were looking for alternatives to the never-ending cycle of purchase-use-dispose-repeat when it comes to batteries,” Ms Lo said.

“We’re now looking forward to helping businesses use the batteries to their advantage and make significant savings, while also delivering improved operational and environmental outcomes.”

Procell, and local importer Pental, are signatories of the Battery Stewardship Scheme (BSS) design to encourage recycling and better waste management of end-of-life batteries. As accredited collectors, processors and recyclers of used batteries, they receive an import levy rebate further reducing the cost of the range.

To access the Procell cost saving calculator and determine your potential business savings please contact your local distributor at https://www.procell.com/en-au/where-to-buy/

For more information about the Procell range visit https://www.procell.com/en-gb/all-batteries/

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A ‘rescue’ hotline has been launched for farmers with unattractive and difficult-to-sell produce that has been rejected by retailers. The service will allow farmers to make arrangements with social enterprise Good & Fugly to purchase these surplus vegetable, which are then resold to consumers.

The 13-000-FUGLY phone number provides producers with a convenient way of organising for these ugly fruits and vegetables that are otherwise perfectly fit for human consumption to be saved and eaten. This has the dual purpose of providing nutritious produce to people and, since up to a quarter of all fresh produce never leaves the farm due to the aesthetic standards of retailers, providing a cost-effective way for farmers to maximise the amount of their products being sold instead of disposed of.

“Our team is dedicated to finding ways to support all farmers across Australia — especially during these times with the supply chain shortages and floods,” said Richard Tourino, founder of Good & Fugly.

“We’re about changing supermarkets’ beauty standards so that consumers will ultimately have access to all fruit and veg. What we do is better for the consumer, better for the growers and better for the planet.

“It’s an economically and environmentally sustainable social enterprise that Aussie farmers can get ahead with. The feedback from farmers has been really positive. They’re telling us we’re giving them an option that didn’t exist before.”

Food growers can organise the collection of fruits and vegetables on the Good & Fugly site or, of course, through the new hotline.

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Sustainable, local energy sources and energy management are a focus for all communities and countries, and, with recent developments creating politically unstable global energy resources, this focus has become even more of a priority.

The free-to-attend exhibition, Energy Next, will be showcasing the latest clean energy innovation and technologies, connecting thought leaders, businesses and organisations to explore what Australia’s clean energy future could look like.

The event will be held alongside Clean Energy Council’s Australian Clean Energy Summit at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney on 19–20 July.

Energy Next will not only showcase the latest products and innovations on the exhibition floor, but there will be a packed schedule of presentations and talks from the country’s top renewable energy experts, stimulating conversations and hopefully action around clean energy.

The areas to be discussed will include decarbonisation and green steel, traceability technology, energy management including the latest in energy storage such as the aluminium ion battery and microgrids, and the latest in PV and EV technologies.

Speakers include doctors and professors from the country’s leading universities and leaders from the country’s most innovative sustainable energy companies.

The addition of Energy Next to the Australian Clean Energy Summit will form a comprehensive clean energy event in NSW, generating even further conversations and connections to improve clean energy generation and adoption in the country.

“The combination of Energy Next with the Australian Clean Energy Summit offers significant added value by giving attendees first-hand exposure to the technologies and innovations driving Australia’s clean energy transition. It will also help to increase collaboration across the industry, giving technology suppliers the opportunity to create connections and explore opportunities with the industry’s most senior executives and decision-makers. The Clean Energy Council is delighted to welcome Energy Next to the Australian Clean Energy Summit and is looking forward to a fantastic event in July,” said Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council.

Energy Next is organised by RX Global, the same people behind All-Energy Australia, one of the largest renewable energy events in the country. Across two days, Energy Next will bring a quality exhibition to New South Wales and provide workshops and networking opportunities for those working in the clean energy industry.

“With NSW’s exciting plans to shift to renewables, Energy Next’s inaugural edition arrives on the industry’s calendar at an important time and is well positioned to cater to the NSW clean energy market. The event is set to be the destination in NSW for the industry to connect with suppliers face to face, collaborate with peers and learn from industry experts about the latest industry developments. We’re proud to be partnering with the Clean Energy Council in delivering an event that can help build the future of NSW’s clean energy industry,” said Robby Clark, Portfolio Director at Energy Next.

Energy Next is proudly supported by the NSW Government. Their support coincides with the state’s Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and $750 million Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, demonstrating the NSW Government’s commitment to Australia’s clean energy transition.

Event details

What: Energy Next

When: 19–20 July 2022

Where: ICC Sydney

Web: To access the program and register for free, visit www.energynext.com.au

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It is not simply what is built that matters, but how it is built. This is the mantra becoming more prevalent on construction sites across Australia, as companies become more attentive to the impact that their building methods have on the environment. If a project is to be truly sustainable, the way it is built counts equally as much as the contribution made by the project to sustainable development.

A case in point is the METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link, which comes into service in Perth in the coming months. To be known as the Airport Line, the rail project being completed by Italian civil engineering group Webuild and a Western Australia partner will connect the city’s eastern suburbs with the airport and central business district. It is 8.5 km long, of which 8 km are underground, with three new stations. By serving 20,000 passengers a day, the line stands to remove up to 15,000 vehicles from the road every day, leading to a reduction of up to 2000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Practices undertaken by Webuild throughout the build were always with sustainability in mind. One area of focus was the concrete, arguably the most important building material of any construction site. Webuild worked closely with a local supplier to develop two sustainable concrete blends, one of which was for the production of the segments that line the tunnel walls. Known as Triple Blend 60 MPa concrete, it is a low-cement concrete blend containing 65% supplementary cementitious materials, such as ground-granulated blast-furnace slag, which is itself a recycled material. This meant that it had only 195 kg of cement per cubic metre of concrete, compared with more than 550 kg in typical 60 Mpa concrete. By using this blend rather than the concrete made with Portland Cement — which requires a lot of energy to produce — a total of 21,848 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided in the production of the 54,000 tunnel segments that line the walls of 15 km of tunnels.

It is a practice that Webuild has been applying on construction sites across the globe to notable effect. In the last three years, it has been able to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions produced by activities related to the production and use of concrete by over 20%.

For the production of track slabs on which the rails are positioned along the Airport Line, Webuild used concrete reinforced with macro synthetic fibres rather than steel. This solution helped avoid the need to use 6.96 million kg of steel, preventing approximately 13,224 tonnes of CO2 being emitted for its production.

In addition to concrete, there have been a number of other sustainable initiatives pursued by Webuild during the construction of the line in Perth, including specific tunnel-boring methods and the use of solar power.

Webuild had the tunnel-boring machines reuse the water they needed to function properly by having a slurry treatment plant installed on site. The plant used a filter press and centrifuge to process the slurry generated by the TBMs, separating the spoil from the water. It would then send the water back to the TBMs. This practice saved 2740 megalitres of water.

Another focus for the project is the use of solar power. One of the line’s three stations, High Wycombe, has what is claimed to be the largest solar panel system to be installed by a state government department in Western Australia. The 275 kW system will be sufficient to meet the average summertime daylight electricity demand of Airport Central Station and Redcliffe Station, in addition to the High Wycombe Station where the system is installed.

Thanks to technological innovation, this shift towards greener construction methods is making sustainable development truly sustainable, and is aligned with Webuild’s sustainability goals for the 2021–2023 period. One of its priorities is to reduce by 35% greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and the production of electricity in 2022 compared with 2017.

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Shipping produces a lot of waste, and much of it goes into the landfill, but now two brothers are working to create sustainable options for the sector through the creation of sustainable packaging. Their company, HeapsGood Packaging, was founded in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic to address the millions of tonnes of plastic waste that are produced each year in Australia.

With around 2.6 billion parcels sent around Australia last year, the company wanted to produce alternatives to bubble wrap, shipping mailers and printing labels, which all take many years to decompose. It has a range of compostable products — which started with the Ecomailer, an alternative to plastic mailer, and has since expanded to the bubble wrap alternative Hex Wrap and the thermal label Ecolabel.

The products are all made from various materials that naturally break down in a much shorter time than plastics. Plastic is replaced with paper, cardboard, cornstarch and other plant-based ingredients.

“Everybody loves the convenience of e-commerce, but nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room, and that’s the plastic used in our online retailing addiction — last year, there was the equivalent of 268,000 fully grown elephants of plastic waste generated globally,” said HeapsGood founder Adam Sarfati.

The company has now developed a network of suppliers and is planning to offer its products in the US in the future. The company is carbon neutral due to its policy of planting trees through its partnership with Ecologi — a relationship that has already resulted in over 15,000 trees being planted.

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Aurecon has appointed Dr Belinda Wade as Principal, Sustainability & Climate Change to lead its climate transition risk consulting across Australia and New Zealand.

With over two decades’ experience in sustainability-related positions and a PhD focused on corporate decarbonisation, Wade will lead Aurecon’s Transition Strategy team to help identify climate transition risks and opportunities and develop climate change response strategies for clients.

Paul Gleeson, Managing Director Energy – Australia & New Zealand and Group Director – Sustainability at Aurecon, said Wade’s appointment represents a significant step forward in elevating our sustainability and climate change services through a full-service model in climate transition risk.

“Climate transition practice is rapidly evolving and has burgeoning demand for expertise in corporate decarbonisation. As designers, engineers and advisors, we play a vital part in supporting our clients in transitioning to a net-zero carbon future and co-creating a better future for people and the planet.”

Excited about her position at Aurecon, Wade said that climate transition risk is a major challenge facing organisations in every market today.

“Tackling the challenges associated with climate transitions requires an integrated strategy at a corporate level. My key focus will include understanding the challenges and opportunities for Aurecon’s clients and applying the team’s diverse range of capabilities and depth of expertise in transition risk management to support their journeys,” Wade said.

“Taking the long view, it’s imperative we marry social considerations with technical capabilities to overcome roadblocks as organisations strive for net zero and competitive success in a decarbonised marketplace. Decarbonisation calls for a suite of new investments and changes, which necessitates a shift in both mental and business models.”

Wade’s research has examined decarbonisation pathways, climate metrics and wider sustainability topics, including circular economies. Through this work she has developed methods that deepen the knowledge of sustainability challenges and promote acceptance and action.

Her experience spans consulting, electricity utilities, academic research and leadership. Before joining Aurecon, she spent more than a decade working in research, leadership and academic positions at the University of Queensland, focusing on organisational carbon management and sustainability. She also spent several years as part of the steering committee of peak sustainability body Future Earth Australia.

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Junee Prime Lamb is one of the leading producers of premium quality lamb in Australia. A family-owned and -operated business since 1997, the company specialises exclusively in prime Australian lamb, and supplies its products to many parts of the world.

Its lamb processing facility, which is located on the outskirts of Junee, occupies 182,000 m2 and employs nearly 300 highly trained staff. The production line is equipped with the latest technology to maintain strict hygiene standards and the business regularly reviews its processes to ensure they meet the highest quality standards for the industry.

When Operations Manager Scott Newton needed a wastewater pump for the facility, he wanted to source the best and most reliable product for the job. Newton already had quite a lot of experience with Gorman Rupp self-priming pumps at another large NSW abattoir and because of their history of reliability, ease of maintenance and long service life [even when operating in very harsh conditions], he opted for Gorman Rupp pumps again in the Junee upgrade.

The team at Hydro Innovations offered a Gorman-Rupp T3A60S-B “Super T Series” self-priming solids handling pump. It is capable of handling solids up to 63 mm and also stringy materials because of its “self-cleaning wear plate system”. The pump also has a lightweight inspection cover-plate to allow quick access for operators to inspect pump internals or remove large pieces of debris. Being self-priming, it could be located at surface level, up to 7.5 m above the wastewater level.

The result

Newton has been very happy with his investment and firmly believes that buying quality equipment provides not only tangible returns in operational efficiency, but also intangible returns in peace of mind.

The Gorman-Rupp Super T Series range is available in sizes from 2” [50 mm] through to 10” [250 mm], with flows from 3 L/s through to 200 L/s. The range is also available in various materials of construction to suit specific applications, such as stainless steel components for corrosive wastewater and hardened components for abrasive fluids.

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The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has announced the Recycled Materials Pledge. This initiative is designed to increase the update of recycled materials being used in packaging by challenging major brands to publicly commit the volumes of specific materials they will use as they transition from using virgin materials to recycled ones by 2025.

The commitment is important because increasing the amount of recycled material used is a key component of the 2025 National Packaging Targets (NPT). APCO hopes that the pledge will demonstrate the level of demand that currently exists for recycled content in the Australian market, thus potentially driving investment in recycling facilities.

“The Pledge will give fresh impetus to the uptake of recycled content. Being able to demonstrate firm commitments from businesses will showcase the significant demand that exists in the market for recycled materials — and give broader industry the motivation to step up to meet this demand,” said APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly.

“An item of packaging is only truly recycled when it is used again, so the importance of this initiative cannot be overstated. Significantly reducing our reliance on virgin materials will decrease the pressure we put on the planet’s finite resources and ensure that valuable materials are not simply lost to landfill.”

Any pledges made will be analysed and aggregated by APCO before being shared publicly to give clarity on market demand. This will then allow APCO to understand government and industry needs for using recycled materials.

“For some businesses, the Pledge is the initial step in their sustainability journey while, for others, it will reinforce current commitments to circularity. Regardless, the Pledge will help businesses to play their role in the development of a circular economy and work together to move Australia towards a more sustainable future for packaging,” Donnelly said.

While Australian businesses have made good progress under the NPT towards using recycled content for packaging, it lags behind in terms of material-specific targets, especially for plastic packaging. APCO is hoping that the new pledge initiative will help address this.

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The Best Sustainable & Non-Toxic Lip Balms

An effective lip balm is a must-have in your arsenal of beauty and wellness products — we always like to keep one handy in our purses and dressers. But like most things, all lip balms are not created equal. Some contain nasty toxins like petroleum, many come in non-recyclable plastic tubes, and others just don’t provide long-lasting moisturization. We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely tired of constantly having to apply a coat to dry, chapped lips, only to have to apply it again shortly after.  

So, we put together a list of twelve of our favorite planet-friendly lip balms that will keep your lips supple and moisturized for that perfect pucker. 

Note: Not all the lip balms in this list are vegan. Some products may contain beeswax — if they do, this has been clearly noted.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A SUSTAINABLE LIP BALM:

  • Petroleum-free. Many brands (including Vaseline, Aquaphor, and Neutrogena) use petroleum jelly in their lip balms. Did you know that this petroleum jelly is literally a by-product of the oil refining industry? It doesn’t get dirtier than that. Stay away from lip balms that contain petroleum jelly as it is a potentially toxic, carcinogenic chemical. 

  • Free of other nasties. On that note, also stay away from products that contain other toxins like parabens, chemical dyes, and synthetic fragrances and preservatives. 

  • Plant-based or cruelty-free. Opt for products using 100% plant-based ingredients where possible. For products that contain beeswax, you want to make sure it’s organic and cruelty-free. 

  • Sustainable packaging. Can the container be reused, recycled, or composted? As always, go for plastic-free when that’s an option. 

  • Certifications. Look out for third-party certifications like B-Corp, Leaping Bunny, ECOCERT, and USDA Organic that back up claims made by the brand. 

  • Worker welfare. Is the brand paying its workers a fair wage? Does it have stringent policies in place regarding ethical worker conditions? Fair Trade, FLOCERT, or SA8000 are good certifications to keep an eye out for. 

  • Diversity in leadership. Bonus points if the brand is BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned! 

OUR TOP PICKS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIP BALMS:

1) Lemongrass Lip Balm 3-Pack

Brand: Zambeezi

Price: $11 (for three)

Zambeezi’s Lemongrass Lip Balm is another great cost-effective choice. The organic Fair Trade beeswax is produced in Zambia. The balm also contains organic coconut, sunflower, jojoba, and mongongo oils, making it ultra-healing. Plus, the organic lemongrass oil in the balm adds a wild gingery flavor which we love! 

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2) Rosemary Eucalyptus Vegan Lip Balm

Brand: Meow Meow Tweet 

Price: $14 

This creamy lip balm is made with olive and coconut oils, cocoa seed butter, and candelilla wax. You can also use it on your hands or other areas of your skin to prevent and repair dryness. The rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils in the balm help with concentration and focus and are also great for respiratory relief. Apply this balm on your lips (or under your nostrils for a boost) for a little aromatherapy pick-me-up! Bonus: It comes in a compostable tube. 

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3) All Good Lips – SPF Lip Balm

Brand: All Good

Price: $6.99 (pack of 3)

If you’re looking for an effective, affordable option, this sunscreen lip balm from All Goods is a solid choice. It is broad-spectrum SPF 20 and provides blue light protection as well — your lips need protection from all that screen time too! The balm is free of parabens and oxybenzone and contains zinc oxide for UVA and UVB protection, making it reef-safe. The ultra-nourishing combination of extra virgin olive oil, Vitamin E, and pure beeswax results in long-lasting, much-needed moisturization for those dry, chapped lips. Bonus: The balm is effective on cracked skin and cuticles too. And the brand has all the certifications: Certified B Corporation, 1% for the Planet, Leaping Bunny Certified, and Climate Neutral Certified. This one’s the real deal! 

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4) Mymatcha Moisture Stick

Brand: Cocokind

Price: $9

We’re big fans of Cocokind’s multipurpose Mymatcha All-Over Moisture Stick. Incredibly nourishing for dry lips, it’s also super effective in reducing dark circles and puffiness. It’s made of three simple ingredients: The organic coconut oil is packed with Vitamin E and amino acids, perfect for deep moisturization, the organic beeswax seals in the moisture by creating a protective barrier between your skin/lips and the environment, and the caffeine- and antioxidant-rich matcha powder is magically rejuvenating. 

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5) Vegan Multi-Use Balmie Set

Brand: Axiology 

Price: $36 (for three)

A 3-in1 tinted stick for your lips, eyes, and cheeks? Count us in, please! Axiology’s vegan and palm oil-free balmies are packed with a whole bunch of oils and butters that will condition and nourish your skin and lips and also provide antioxidant properties, including elderberry, hemp, plum, and neem oils. They’re also plastic-free — wrapped in recycled paper and stored in a recyclable carrying case, they’re a perfect zero-waste option. We love the nude plum, cherry, and caramel set. The warm tones are perfect for a natural, understated look and stay on for a long time. Plus, they’re so convenient! 

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6) Nectar Unscented Vegan LipBalm

Brand: Ethique 

Price: $8.50

The Nectar Unscented Lip Balm from Ethique checks all the boxes for an effective, basic lip balm. This no-fuss vegan balm is perfect for everyday use. It contains castor seed, moringa, and jojoba oils, as well as Fair Trade cocoa butter. Packed with fatty acids and Vitamin E, this hardcore combination of moisturizers hydrates your lips and locks it all in for long-lasting protection. And don’t worry, the formulation isn’t sticky at all and glides on super smoothly. Ethique sources its Fair Trade ingredients from Rwanda, Ghana, and Samoa, supporting local farming cooperatives (most of which are owned by women!). Finally, the lip balms are 100% plastic-free and come in a compostable tube (suitable for your home composts)

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7) Lip Salve

Brand: Fat and the Moon

Price: $8 

The lip salve from Fat and the Moon is super soft and light, making it ideal for sensitive lips. If you’re looking to moisturize your lips but don’t want that glossy finish, this one is perfect for you. It’s made with all-natural, organic ingredients, including mango butter for protection, and rosemary essential oil for that fresh, clarifying feel. The balm comes in a cute aluminum tin which can be washed out and recycled after use. The shipping boxes and cartons are made from post-consumer waste paper & also recyclable.

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8) Rosemary + Mint Vegan Lip Balm

Brand: Alpine Provisions

Price: $8

“Plastic-free and adventure-ready”. Alpine Provisions’ vegan lip balm speaks to the adventurer in us. It’s made with organic and cruelty-free ingredients: The coconut oil prevents chapped lips by locking in moisture, the shea butter contains essential nutrients and EFAs that have anti-aging properties, and the tea tree essential oil helps with cracking and cold sores. The balm also contains peppermint oil — so you keep your breath fresh on that mountain hike with a quick roll-on!

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9) Rouge Vegan Lip Balm

Brand: River Organics 

Price: $12.99

We love this tinted lip balm from River Organics. The tint is very subtle and gives your lips a natural warm flush for the perfect ‘no makeup’ makeup look. It’s made with nourishing cacao and mango butters, which keep your lips moisturized for a long time. The balm comes in an eco-friendly compostable tube. 

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10) Better Balm Vegan - Bloom

Brand: Elate 

Price: $24

If you’re on the lookout for a tinted lip balm for everyday use, Elate’s Better Balm is another great option. We like the Bloom tint one because of how subtle the sheer rose color is. The lightweight texture and glossy shine make it perfect for when you need a quick pick-me-up. The balm contains castor, olive, and sunflower oils for nourishment and antioxidants like carrot root oil, vitamins A, C, and E, and rosehip oil for protection against environmental pollutants. The conditioning balm comes in a recyclable glass jar with a compostable bamboo lid — we always love to see brands use zero-waste packaging! 

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About the Author

Jyotika is a writer based in New Delhi. She writes about sustainable living and eco-friendly brands, covering fashion, food, travel, and wellness. Previously, she was the fashion manager at her family's bespoke fashion business, where in addition to her other responsibilities she worked on improving textile sourcing from local artisans to encourage grassroots production, as well as conducting sustainability workshops with employees regarding the eco-friendly disposal of fashion materials.


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