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Check out Annabel and Sarah on Campbell Live.
Industry gossip has it that these days, the vast majority of students you'll find at journalism school are there to get their faces on telly rather than their words in print. That certainly wasn't the case for me or Sarah! So when Campbell Live came looking for 'wastebusters' for a story about whether Kiwi businesses were recycling as well as we all are at home, we were both a little nervous.
Turned out there was nothing to worry about. Filming the clip was fun, and because magazine and TV journalism is so different, it was really interesting to get behind the scenes.
The clip screened on Thursday's show, but you can watch it online: see our Trinny-and-Susannah-esque TV debut here.
We also came up with solutions to the problems we identified, but because each segment's only five minutes long there wasn't enough time to include them. Luckily the interweb doesn't have that problem, so here they are:
- Put a clean dry towel in the tumble dryer with each load of wet towels—the whole load will dry faster
- Specify an Energy Star washing machine and tumble dryer from the appliance rental company
- Switch to fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sugar, and buy eco-friendly laundry detergent in bulk from Ecostore
- Investigate alternatives to foils for hair colour (Nada salon uses paper-like foils that are washed and re-used)
- Offer organic hair dye (in Auckland, Nada, Hue and Stephen Marr all offer organic colour)
The Body Shop
No advice. These guys really practice what they preach!
VCC Vehicle Care Centre
- Join the Sustainable Business Network for advice on stepping up your green cred even further
- Offer eco-aware customers advice on 'hypermiling': driving techniques that use less fuel (see good.net.nz/hypermile)
- Aim to replace your fleet of courtesy cars with hybrids
- Shut down all computers overnight and at weekends, and turn them off at the wall. You'll save $100 per computer every year
- Set computer monitors to go into 'sleep' mode when they're idle, instead of using a screensaver. Monitors running screensavers consume the same amount of power as when running normally
- Set up a recycling info centre in the storeroom, with a prominent list of common packaging materials that can be recycled—and another list of non-recyclables that go in the skip
It was really interesting to meet the managers of these different companies. Without fail, all of them wanted to operate efficiently and in an eco-friendly way. Their hearts and minds were definitely in the right place, and it was encouraging to see how Kiwis in all sorts of businesses and from all walks of life are trying to make their workplaces more sustainable. All it'll take for them to create real change is a little more information—although I have to admit, a great big video camera in your face probably helps with the motivation.