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Talking, female entrepreneurs secret weapon!

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

 
Women love to talk. Well yes, of course I hear you say, that’s stating the obvious. However, the not so obvious is that this insatiable ability women have to talk, if properly channelled can in fact be our secret weapon to achieve our dreams and aspirations, and be true pioneers of our future. (more…)

Can sharing your time for ‘free’ help you build a more sustainable business?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

 
Recently I received an email asking me if I wanted to help out on a new eco project, to which I replied, no problem, here are my fees. A normal response you might think.

So I was surprised when I followed up the email to be met with a rather cold shoulder and a lack of enthusiasm to share details about the project. It seems they had a problem with me asking a fee for my time and expertise which they were expecting me to give for free!

Now I don’t have a problem with sharing my time for free, in fact I already do for a number of projects. However what I do in fact have is the right to choose who I work with for ‘free’ and ensure that the ‘free’ time I share is sustainable for me and my business. (more…)

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Nyepi

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

 
Nyepi Bali

Photo by Sam – OgohOgoh

Monday 31 March was Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu New Year.

One of the biggest festivals of the year. A celebration of contrasts with an eve of loud, garish parades of handmade effigies (ogoh ogoh) followed by the day of Nyepi, a day of silence, resting and lights out (no lights allowed).

A day that brings a chance to reflect, enjoy the silence and live life in the slow lane. A day that allows the air and environment to breath and be cleansed. That leaves a freshness in our surroundings and our minds. (more…)

What 3 Actions Can Help You Build A More Sustainable Business in 2014?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

 
So we made it, 2014 is firmly here and I’m really excited! I’m going to be launching two new initiatives this year both of which combine a love of the ocean with smarter business choices.This, plus starting to deliver more workshops leaves me feeling like my business is following a much smarter path for the year in terms of business opportunity, delivery for customers and the most effective use of my time.

What about you? What plans do you have? How can making more ethical choices benefit your business this year? How about keeping it simple and realistic by choosing just 3 Practical Actions you can take in 2014.

One that benefits your business, one that’s better for your customers and one that’s healthier for you.

Here are some ideas to get you started…
 

Your Business

 
Go paper free – the rainforest and wildlife that depend on it are disappearing at a rate of knots. So why not go paper free, or at least switch to either fsc or recycled materials. Doing this will save you money and help preserve the beauty of nature.

Review your waste – take a look at what waste you are producing. How can you remove it, reduce, it, recycle it? Can you cut packaging, compost food waste, share unwanted furniture with others? Doing this can save you money for removal, provide others with new supplies, as well as help you feel less cluttered!

Turn it off – an easy way to save money in your business as well as lower your impact on the environment is to turn it off. So computers, lights, heating, air con. Anything that uses electricity turn it off when you’re not using it and at night.
 

Your Customers

 
Ditch plastic water bottles – offer customers a better experience with stylish glasses, water from glass bottles, refillable bottles. Choose reusable branded quality and style over generic, cheap and disposable. Nicer for your customers and a marketing/pr opportunity for your business.

Ban plastic bags – encourage customer to bring their own reusable bag. Or get your own bags made from a more environmentally friendly material. Doing this demonstrates your ethical efforts to customers, potentially creates a new revenue stream and cuts your contribution to waterway waste.

Go local – how can you support local business? What products or services can you source locally? Food and drink is an easy way to do this by offering your customers fresh, local food, sharing your producers story and making the whole experience more personal and interesting.
 

You

 
Walk more – walking just an extra 10 minutes a day adds up over a week and can make a real difference to your health and fitness. Maybe get off the bus one stop early, go for a walk at lunchtime, walk rather than take the car.

Cut the chemicals – take a look in your home and you’ll see chemicals are everywhere. Switch to buying bpa free plastic, or choose glass instead. What’s in your body products? What natural alternatives can you buy? What air freshner do you use? Why not open the window, use an oil burner or incense instead.

Take time – allocate an extra 2 hours a week to you. This might seem a challenge but I promise you it’s completely achievable. Spend the time having a massage, having a coffee and reading the paper, or just watch the world go by. Just make sure it’s time that’s for you, your body and your mind.
 

And finally…

 
If none of the above are relevant to your business what is?

You can discover more by creating your very own review and action plan by completing our Reallysavvy Sustainability Review.

We’re going to be posting our 3 Actions on our Facebook Page in the next week, why not join us and declare your actions for 2014. This way we’re sure they are more likely to happen 😉

5 Resources To Help You Achieve A Smarter Business, Body & Mind In 2014

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

 
With 2014 just around the corner, what plans do you have to make a positive difference to you and your business in 2014? Want does sustainability and being ethical mean to you beyond making greener choices?

Here are 5 resources that can help you not only build a more sustainable business beyond being green, but also achieve a more sustainable lifestyle with a smarter body & mind… (more…)