Expo show­cases all things eco-friendly

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

The Cloud seems an ap­pro­pri­ately named venue for an en­vi­ron­ment­fo­cused event.

The water­front func­tion cen­tre will be trans­formed for the Sus­tain­able City Show­case from Thurs­day to Satur­day.

Many of the lat­est prod­ucts and ser­vices to make lives and busi­nesses more eco-friendly will be avail­able.

Run by the Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work, the week­end will in­clude work­shops, in­spi­ra­tional talks and the lat­est de­signs and tech­nol­ogy to en­hance a sus­tain­able life­style, chief ex­ec­u­tive Rachel Brown says.

Vis­i­tors who are al­ready con­scious con­sumers will be en­cour­aged to take their sus­tain­abil­ity one step fur­ther, while con­cerned Ki­wis who want to care for the en­vi­ron­ment but aren’t quite sure how, will be shown small, man­age­able steps to be­com­ing more sus­tain­able, she says.

‘‘As con­sumers we have tremen­dous power.

‘‘Ev­ery dol­lar we spend is an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port sus­tain­able busi­ness and the Sus­tain­able City Show­case is the ideal place to feel good about where your money is go­ing and en­joy learn­ing about sus­tain­abil­ity at the same time.’’

Among the ex­hibitors will be One­hunga-based in­ven­tor and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Ben Bell, who cre­ated the Hun­gry Bins worm farm­ing sys­tem.

Mr Bell is on a waste min­imis- ation mis­sion and his bins are de­signed to greatly re­duce the vol­ume of food waste sent to land­fills.

Hun­gry Bins is a ‘‘con­tin­u­ous flow’’ sys­tem that trans­forms all com­postable ma­te­rial into top qual­ity gar­den ma­te­rial.

Waste is added to the bin at the top, worms go to work and turn it into com­post which is then dis­pensed from the bot­tom.

A tray also catches nu­tri­ent-rich flu­ids cre­ated by the process.

Mr Bell says mak­ing an easy-touse sys­tem was his goal.

‘‘Food waste is a re­source not a prob­lem and we waste it by send­ing it to the land­fill,’’ he says.

‘‘As soon as it goes in the land­fill it is lost to the en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Pro­vid­ing house­holds and busi­nesses with a sim­ple to use prod­uct means it is eas­ier for peo­ple to lessen their en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

There are 16 bins at the Pon­sonby Cen­tral food de­pot and oth­ers with the Coun­ties Manukau DHB and coun­cil or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘‘The whole idea is about tak­ing a huge pro­por­tion out of the waste stream and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to process it as near to where it was cre­ated as pos­si­ble.

‘‘I think it is im­por­tant to en­cour­age peo­ple to take re­spon­si­bil­ity them­selves.’’

The Sus­tain­able City Show­case runs from Oc­to­ber 17 to 19 at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. En­try is free.

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Good stuff: Hun­gry Bins in­ven­tor Ben Bell and Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work chief ex­ec­u­tive Rachel Brown at Pon­sonby Cen­tral’s bins.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bournews. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of Ben Bell ex­plain­ing the Hun­gry Bins sys­tem.

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