Green your life

The fourth an­nual Green Liv­ing Show & NZ Or­ganic Nat­u­ral Expo is on this weekend and boasts more ex­hibitors than ever.

Element - - Green Living Expo - By Yvonne Kerr

Want to lower your en­ergy bills? Ren­o­vat­ing? Keen to live a health­ier life?

The fourth Green Liv­ing Show & NZ Or­ganic Nat­u­ral Expo has mass ap­peal. This con­sumer and trade show will take place at the ASB Show­grounds in Auck­land on Satur­day and Sun­day, July 5 – 6. The event pre­sents an op­por­tu­nity to find out about the lat­est and best in eco and or­ganic businesses un­der one roof.

Tina Raines founded the Green Liv­ing Net­work – the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the show – in 2009. “I was told New Zealand was clean and green but where was the plat­form for eco com­pa­nies? Af­ter talk­ing to pro­duc­ers, farm­ers and businesses in the or­ganic and eco in­dus­try all

“I was told New Zealand was clean and green but where was the plat­form for eco com­pa­nies?

over New Zealand I de­cided to launch the free mag­a­zine ‘Green Liv­ing’ and the suc­cess of this pub­li­ca­tion led to the first two-day show in 2011,” she says.

Three years later, the num­ber of ex­hibitors has dou­bled from 60 to 120 and foot­fall has been steadily ris­ing. 2013 wel­comed 7,683 vis­i­tors and the aim this year is to host 10,000. Raines re­in­forces that this show has some­thing for ev­ery­one – her aim is to ap­peal to a main­stream au­di­ence.

Kiwi women are the eco-driv­ers, Tina be­lieves; “Women are con­cerned with en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. The want safe prod­ucts for their fam­ily and will choose eco or or­ganic first. They are the fastest grow­ing group of cre­ative green en­trepreneurs in NZ and glob­ally.”

Four shows – one event

This year’s event is host­ing four in­di­vid­ual shows un­der one roof;

1. Or­ganic and nat­u­ral – nat­u­ral and cer­ti­fied or­ganic foods and cos­met­ics.

2. Life­style and health – an expo for the mind and body

3. EcoBuild – new builds, ren­o­va­tion, retro­fit, new prod­ucts, and an ex­pert ad­vice cen­tre

4. In­no­va­tion – clean en­ergy and green goods, sus­tain­able busi­ness so­lu­tions and a sus­tain­abil­ity ‘boot camp’

Green com­edy and eco-fash­ion

Com­edy and fash­ion com­bine on Satur­day from 5.30pm, with a net­work­ing event over drinks – en­try is free. The Matt and Andy ‘Re­duce your Waste Show’ is a green com­edy so you can have a laugh and be ed­u­cated at the same time. Fash­ion stylist Nora Swann will share tips on how to up-cy­cle your old clothes and she hosts a show of her collection of 20 up-styled con­tem­po­rary and vin­tage out­fits.

Meet New Zealand’s or­ganic and eco cham­pi­ons

A block­buster line-up of speak­ers at this year’s Green Liv­ing Show in­cludes two stars who are leading the fight against un­sus­tain­able prac­tices in re­tail. New World Re­muera owner Adrian Barkla is known as the ‘or­ganic cru­sader’ as he has been ex­pand­ing his or­ganic range for three years. Ai­dan keeps prices down by buy­ing di­rectly from his or­ganic grow­ers. His sem­i­nar ‘You are what you eat and you are who you think you are’ takes place at 11.30am on Satur­day, July 5. Belinda Robin­son, owner of nat­u­ral clean­ing range, ‘EcoBasik’, and nat­u­ral soap brand ‘EcoBe­ings’ will host a sem­i­nar en­ti­tled ‘Back is the Fu­ture’ which looks at why we need to re­turn to nat­u­ral, biodegrad­able prod­ucts and re­duce our use of syn­thet­ics. Robin­son says the show brings her face to face with her tar­get mar­ket. “It’s fan­tas­tic as the au­di­ence is al­ready in­ter­ested in nat­u­ral and green prod­ucts – you don’t have to con­vert con­sumers. I com­pletely sold out of my clean­ing range at last year’s show.” Hear Belinda speak at 10.30am on Satur­day, July 5.


Adrian Barkla

Matt and Andy

Belinda Robin­son

Tina Raines

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