Green businesses are on the rise. Their growth is the result of a rise in consumer demand for companies that showcase and adopt sustainable practices and behave in a socially responsible manner.
Council seeks to promote our local 'ecopreneurs' and shine some light on small (and big) for-profit businesses across Gippsland with a focus on sustainability and the environment.
Entertainment Venue: Solar Power, Waste diversion
For David Willington at Bond Street Event Centre, sustainability is a continuous journey of constant improvement and strives to explore his ethical, environmental and social impact when running his business.
David has installed a solar PV, has water saving appliances throughout, has converted to natural cleaning products and separates and diverts waste from landfill. David is also exploring ways to ensure business decision making has a positive impact across workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.
He says that while it can be a challenge to look at every aspect of your business, it is a rewarding one, that customers appreciate.
Ecohome Products: Waste reduction
Laura Eddington, founder of Little Bumble Food Wraps, says her business journey began 3 years ago as a way to reduce food wastage in her own home. After struggling to find a suitable beeswax food wrap in the market, she put her studies to use and set about to develop her own.
Since starting her business, Laura has seen great success in creating a product that contributes to a better environment. Laura Participated in the StartUp Gippsland Program.
Eco-Tourism: Energy Efficiency
The Lewis family, operators of the Port of Sale Heritage Cruises, have converted the Rubeena, a classy wooden boat first launched at Lakes Entrance in 1912 to electric motor to reduce fuel costs and create a quiet unique wildlife watching experience. Each night after touring, the boat is plugged into the jetty power source to recharge the battery unit. It is a great example of low impact tourism.