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The Sustainable City Showcase has proved popular with Aucklanders interested in a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, drawing large crowds each year to the free event.
The event will host 120 companies showcasing sustainable workplace and fashion solutions, organic food and drink, hybrid and electric vehicles, business and lifestyle ideas and ways to make your home more sustainable. There will also be live entertainment, family fun and a number of workshops and inspirational talks on the agenda.
Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network, says that 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.
“As consumers we have tremendous power: every dollar we spend is an opportunity to support sustainable business,” she says. “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.”
The latest developments in sustainable transport options will be on show, as well as home and business solutions, so visitors can learn how to create a sustainable office and home by either building or retrofitting.
The lifestyle section will showcase organic products for the face and body and the latest in sustainable garments.
Delicious organic food and beverages from a selection of vendors will be available throughout the day in the farmers market cum café and garden bar, in a family-friendly environment.
Kids will be the focus on Saturday, with the award-winning Sustainable Coastlines Education station running ‘trash to treasure’ workshops in a purpose-built shipping container, so bring the whole family along for a day of fun and learning.
Visitors will hear from Katja Leitz, Hobsonville Land Co, about its vision for designing sustainable communities and creating a sustainable home. Other inspiring speakers include Pete Russell from vegetable box cooperative Ooooby and Malcom Rands from ecostore. The Community zone will include a number of social enterprises and organisations working towards improving our community.
FIT FOR A FEAST 60 extraordinary people, remarkable thinkers and business leaders will come together on October 17 to ‘Feast on Good’ in Auckland as part of a worldwide dinner party designed to solve a pressing social issues. Guests will discuss solutions to a social problem that has particular local relevance. The global theme for 2013 is ‘Breaking Through’. The Feast will take place at The Cloud on Queens Wharf as part of the Sustainable City Showcase event.
Pete Russell – Ooooby
Malcom Rands – ecostore