Expo showcases all things eco-friendly
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.
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.