Media Release – 25 August 2011

Canberra’s nationally award winning markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, will be hosting its environmentally focused theme day, Green Savvy Sunday, on Sunday 9 October 2011. Now in its second year, this market focuses on green alternatives for everyday life.

“Green Savvy Sunday will be even bigger and better in 2011 with participants showcasing ways we can all get a little greener including recycling, upcycling and products made using low energy or organic techniques, “said Old Bus Depot Markets co-owner, Diane Hinds.

“We can all gain from leading more sustainable lifestyles and it’s with this in mind that our market will share green information, advice on solar technology, organic food production and lots more,” she continued.

Green Savvy Sunday stalls will feature green products and displays to inspire and entice. Experts will give advice on green products and services, and Government departments will also be on hand to assist with advice on programs they are running to help improve our carbon footprint.

The markets will feature an additional 30 stalls on Green Savvy Sunday including newcomer EcoViva. This Australian based company combines a love of style with eco friendly living to create non toxic and non allergenic reversible indoor and outdoor mats made from 100% recycled plastic. The stylish designs and bright colours make them great for kids play and picnics.

And on the theme of recycling, another newcomer to the markets, Anthony Whyte, will showcase his works made from recycled materials. Anthony is a visual artist who calls himself a hunter gatherer – and whatever he finds he uses to make striking pieces. Old street signs, number plates and signage are used to create the original artworks and a range of clocks, the latter are also made from tea pots, 45 LPs and oil tins – basically anything Anthony finds at op shops.

For those keen on learning more about greening your life, the markets will feature an all day speakers program called Green Savvy Speakers. Keynote speaker, Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of the Australia Institute, will present his views on why we need a carbon tax, why it won’t destroy the economy and why the polluters are so afraid. Justin Ryan, Director of Armada Solar will discuss the future of solar in Canberra after the Feed In Law, and present a new environmental product that makes houses more energy neutral. Lyn Blair from Glenbog Nursery and Landscaping will present on sustainability in the garden, and Nick Mayo will also be sharing information about Canberra’s Sustainable House.

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