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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 .

Christmas is coming... And what better way to share and delight with recycled and sustainable wrap, cards, paper, hemp twine, colour cello, seeded Christmas cards, and more.

Beautiful printed Australian recycled cards and wrap, earthy eco brown cards and paper, gift tags, hemp twine, colour cellophane sheets, recycled tissue and lots more.

See Printed Recycled Cards and Wrap, Brown Recycled cards and paper, brightly coloured Hemp Twine, Raffia, Gift Tags, and Recycled Tissue.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 .

A great range of 2015 Recycled Diaries made from recycled paper and board. Day to a Page or Week to a View in 2 sizes: A4 and A5. Perfect for your appointments, reminders, notes and more. Use recycled diaries and save trees, water and energy.

Diaries are made with a 100% Recycled Paper Cover and FSC mixed source paper with a minimum of 60% recycled post-consumer waste. The Diary text is printed with vegetable oil based inks. Wire bound. Cover folds out with a pocket on the inside cover. Opens flat. Limited stocks, get yours now before they sell out!

Posted by on Oct 02, 2014 .

Ink jet printers are now the most commonly used printers, both in homes and small offices. They tend to be cheap to buy but very, very costly to run. As Choice magazine found in 2011: “Our .. tests of inkjet printers showed the ownership cost of some printers over three years can be many times the purchase price, simply due to the exorbitant cost of ink replacement.”

There are basically 2 ways to try to reduce printer cartridge cost: either buy cheaper Chinese ‘compatible cartridges’  - this is ‘easy’ but leads to lots of quickly emptied and discarded plastic cartridges – or buy ‘Refillers’ which allow you to refill your existing original printer cartridges with good new ink. This can be done many times, thus saving resources and landfill from all those plastic cartridges.

Choice found in 2011:  “DIY ink refills can be much cheaper than original cartridges when measured on a cost per millilitre (mL) basis. We tried out a do-it-yourself refill kit from Calidad, for the Epson...

Conventional clear plastic card holders are made from PVC. The production of new PVC however, causes serious hazards for both the environment and human health.

Over 90% of the PVC consumed in Australia is used in long-life applications such as pipe, flooring and cable applications, window frames etc. Recycling volumes of PVC are relatively low currently partly because much of the PVC is still in use in our infrastructure and buildings. But some PVC is being recycled thus prolonging the life of the polymer and keeping it out of landfill.

The new card holders in our range are made from recycled PVC.

We have teamed the recycled card holders with two options in recycled name cards: 100% recycled Eco Brown and 100% recycled Eco White.

Now there’s a fully recycled solution for your name cards and card holders.

Ideal for meetings, conventions, small business gatherings, product launches, networking, professional development, training, and anywhere where you need to use name...

Here’s a great card that features a removable insert, in the shape of a coloured plant pot, just waiting for a creative drawing to be added by you. The insert is made of Australian Seeded Paper, containing the seeds of Brachycome iberidfolia (swan river daisy). The receiver of the card can remove the insert, plant it, and …watch it Grow!

Some of the seeds in the paper will germinate under the right conditions and the resulting seedlings can be planted in the garden as a constant reminder of the sender of the paper.

The cards are available in Eco Brown or Eco White recycled paper, and there are 4 colour options for the seeded paper inserts: red, blue, green and vanilla. Each card comes with a 105mm square envelope in Eco Brown recycled paper.

All you have to add is a drawing or similar to go in the pot to complete the colourful image. A wonderful personalised gift card.

Also included is a seed and flower description and planting instructions.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 .

Batteries are everywhere! We use them in all sorts of home appliances and in offices: remotes, clocks, timers, smoke alarms, torches, weather stations, toys, power tools, cordless phones, laptops, mobile phones and more. Did you know that each year, more than 300 million household batteries are thrown away with ordinary waste, according to Planet Ark. They estimate a staggering 8,000 tonnes of batteries (and their toxic chemicals such as cadmium, lead and mercury) end up in our landfill, which is potentially harmful to wildlife and our environment.

But now there’s a new range of Eco Alkaline batteries that are much safer if they end up in landfill as they contain NO cadmium, lead or mercury, and they are made of materials that can be recycled where collection services exist: see Planet Ark’s RecyclingNearYou website for more.

Eco Alkalines ® are high performance, long lasting digital quality batteries that have been made in an environmentally responsible way: they contain NO...

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 .

Want to be more energy efficient and save power and money? An easy way to save up to 10% of your home or office electricity bills is to reduce or eliminate the consumption of stand-by power. That’s the power that keeps appliances ‘at the ready’ even when they are switched off.

Yes you could switch off at the power point, but often power points are hidden by furniture or are difficult to access. And set-ups for TVs/audio/players and computers usually have powerboards that make things even more difficult. But now there’s a simple to use EcoSwitch® that you can attach to your existing powerboards and power points –to control and eliminate wasted stand-by power.

The EcoSwitch® is an easy to use socket, plug and switch set that helps you to eliminate wasteful Stand-By power and save up to 10% of your energy bills at home, in the office - anywhere. Eliminates 100% of stand by power of all connected appliances. Approved to Aust/NZ standards and rated 4 Stars by Choice Magazine....

Posted by on Sep 01, 2014 .

Rechargeable Batteries have their place, potentially being able to be reused 100s of times and saving both money and resources and preventing hundreds of disposable batteries from being used and discarded.

But there are several drawbacks:

  • Continued high levels of disposable battery sales shows that in practice people appear to favour convenience over energy saving in everyday devices
  • Higher upfront cost of rechargeable batteries and the battery charger acts as a barrier to purchase and use, even though in the long run the economy is firmly in favour of the rechargeables.
  • Rechargeables are usually powered by mains electricity, ie coal-fired electricity in most cases.
  • Rechargeables contain heavy metals and toxic contents that make them hazardous waste unsuitable for landfill
  • Choice found in 2012 that ‘All rechargeable batteries lose some of their power everyday, even when not in use, but some lose much more than others. This continues to be an issue when powering...