Talks colour ideas on how to cut waste
CHANGE agent Anne- Maree Huxley wants us to embrace the ‘ blue economy’ to drive investment and create jobs.
However just what sort of business developments emerge from her workshops in Townsville over the past few days remains to be seen.
Ms Huxley ( pictured) has been addressing regional development groups and economic development officers in North Queensland on the blue economy.
Author Gunter Pauli first coined the term as a concept for a sustainable economy with zero waste. It’s estimated that 80 per cent of goods worth more than $ 3 trillion worldwide are lost to waste each year.
Ms Huxley said the idea of recycling and reusing waste was an emerging area of business development.
In South Africa, food waste is being used to grow maggots as food for chickens, in Scotland used nappies are recycled into building products, and coffee waste can be used as a base to grow mushrooms.
“Because of our growing population, we have to recycle,” Ms Huxley said.
However she said it was also about creating new revenue and jobs.
Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland CEO Glenys Schuntner said regional development representatives left the workshops with their minds “reeling with new ideas”.