ECO OP­TIONS FOR APART­MENT LIV­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

WHETHER it is a de­sire to save the en­vi­ron­ment or save money, more peo­ple are look­ing into sus­tain­able liv­ing.

How­ever a lot of sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives, such as in­stalling a wa­ter tank or so­lar pan­els, seem to suit peo­ple liv­ing in houses rather than apart­ments.

Now, for the first time in Perth, apart­ment res­i­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to live a cleaner, greener and more cost-ef­fi­cient life­style at the 2016 Perth Eco Fair.

In­dus­try lead­ers in sus­tain­abil­ity and con­ser­va­tion will hold a se­ries of talks and demon­stra­tions about the ad­van­tages of eco-friendly apart­ment liv­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Or­gan­ised by Psaros, the event will also in­clude food stalls, live mu­sic and com­mu­nity gar­den tours.

Psaros head of sus­tain­abil­ity Chiara Paci­fici said it was the first event of its kind to look specif­i­cally at the en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tages of apart­ment liv­ing.

“This is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant as our city tran­si­tions to a higher-den­sity fu­ture where apart­ment liv­ing and the need for more sus­tain­able house­holds will be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon,” she said.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to find out more about sus­tain­able liv­ing in WA and how small changes to their daily rou­tines can make a big dif­fer­ence to the en­vi­ron­ment and also sav­ings to their hip pocket.”

The speak­ers in­clude jour­nal­ist and au­thor Indira Naidoo, who will of­fer ad­vice on how to grow and main­tain your own ed­i­ble bal­cony, and Con­ser­va­tion Coun­cil of WA di­rec­tor Piers Ver­ste­gen who will talk about the fu­ture of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in Perth.

Syn­ergy will host demon­stra­tions show­ing how to save elec­tric­ity, car man­u­fac­turer Tesla will show why elec­tric ve­hi­cles are the way of the fu­ture, and the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion will of­fer tips on how to achieve greater wa­ter ef­fi­ciency at home.

Psaros manag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Enslin said apart­ment liv­ing was an ex­cel­lent way for peo­ple to re­duce their car­bon foot­print and live a much more sus­tain­able life­style.

The 2016 Perth Eco Fair will be held at Perth City Farm on Sun­day, April 3 from 10am to 4pm.

Visit http://perthe­co­fair.com.au/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Indira Naidoo will speak about on grow­ing food on your bal­cony.

Grow herbs and veg­eta­bles in pots.

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