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Less = More | creating a new wedding culture

Planning a wedding? Consider sustainable, ethical and minimal options

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Less stuff more meaning 

why we give a damn

In recent years, the trend towards wedding consumerism has led to many questioning the traditional wedding. With an average wedding spend of $35,000, it’s not surprising that some couples are choosing to return to smaller, more intimate weddings. Here at LSMM we celebrate we’re all about inspiring new wedding traditions. We would love to see weddings become an event with a deeper purpose, a force for social change. Let’s bring back the minimalist wedding, the intimate gathering, and the elopement. Where the wedding becomes a community affair and guests bring a plate. Or where guests give experiences over things. Where the day becomes a representation of the values the couple stands for, such as looking after our global family, leaving a lighter footprint, or being hands-on in giving back to a cause they are passionate about.

what we do

We’re a wedding blog with a difference. At LSMM we value simplicity and substance over the pretty details, and feature weddings where couples have scaled back, consumed mindfully or have given back. Wedding blogs are often a bride’s source of inspiration when it comes to wedding planning, so we’d love to bring small, intimate weddings to the forefront, and celebrate the difference these weddings are making in caring for our earth and people. Currently, we are also working on an ethical gift registry where couples can choose artisan and fair-trade products supporting social enterprises, incorporate charitable giving, take eco-getaways, or volunteer on their honeymoon.  We’re instigating a grass-roots movement around ethical weddings which we hope will simply become the new normal.

why it matters

Because our planet and global village are calling for some TLC. Couples planning a wedding have huge consumer power, and with 120,000 weddings/year in Australia, a change in wedding culture will make a tangible difference. Here’s to world changers!

 

Founders:  Sandra Henri and Amy Wilson

 

Sandra Hendri co-founders of Less Stuff More Meaning

Sandra Hendri co-founder of Less Stuff More Meaning

 

Ethical Enterprise Award 2015

Rewarding businesses that make a difference

It’s back! The Ethical Enterprise Award is returning for it’s third year in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s most inspirational enterprises – innovative and ethical practices that deliver positive social and economic impact.

The Ethical Enterprise Award is open to any Australian business or organization of any size that delivers innovative, ethical, positive social, environmental and economic impact in local, state, national or international sectors.

“The winner of this coveted award will be publically recognised for its achievements for positive impact and profit as well as win $10,000 in cash to contribute towards their vision for positive change. The winners will also receive business development and promotional opportunities.” said Susanna Bevilacqua, founder of Moral Fairground, award co-founder.

Last year’s winner, Seven Women, is a development organisation which socially and economically empowers marginalised women in Nepal through skills training and employment.

Steph Woollard : SevenWomen : 2014 Award Winner

 

Stephanie Woollard, founder of Seven Women, was honored to receive the Ethical Enterprise Award in 2014.

 

“It was fantastic for the Seven Women team both here in Australia and Nepal to be recognised for the impacts we are making. Receiving the ethical enterprise award has given us a platform from which to expand our model of empowering women.”

 

 

“The Ethical Enterprise awards were designed to encourage and celebrate innovation and leadership in the sector, help catalyse its development and, ultimately, make the world a far better place,” said Phil Vernon Managing Director, Australian Ethical Investment.

Applications open   To apply: visit moralfairground.com.au/ethical-enterprise-award-2015

Deadline:  5pm, September 30, 2015

For more information:

Susanna Bevilacqua
Moral Fairground – CEO
T: 0409 943 254
E: susanna@moralfairground.com.au

Kirstie Ly
Communications Advisor
T: 0403 385 803
E: kirstie.ly@gmail.com

About Moral Fairground:

Moral Fairground is a Melbourne-based social enterprise and organiser of the annual Fair@Square, Australia’s largest ethical and fair-trade festival. Having been operating with the ethical sector since 2009, Moral Fairground’s aim is to create positive social impact by increasing economic opportunities and fairness within society – achievements met by creating avenues for enterprises to become more effective in delivering their social mission. Learn more at moralfairground.com.au

About Australian Ethical:

Australian Ethical is Australia’s only ethical superannuation and investment fund, and invests only in sectors that provide positive, sustainable change for society and the environment. They are the most fossil fuel free superfund and investment fund in Australia and disclose 100% of its portfolio. They do not invest in industries such as tobacco, uranium, coal mining, exploitation of people or old growth forest logging. They are the first publically listed company in Australia to earn B Corp certified status and one of only a handful of organisations worldwide. Learn more at australianethical.com.au

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TFS018 Vinita Baravkar | Bhumi Organic | It’s a movement

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Vinita Baravkar – Bhumi Organic Cotton

 

Geoff Manchester | Intrepid Travel | Conscious Business |TFS013

 

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Twenty-five years ago, two mates took a bunch of friends and an ex-council truck from Australia and travelled throughout Africa.

This was the germination of Intrepid Travel, a responsible travel business that now has six specialist tour operators and 17 destination-management companies employing more than 1500 staff in 25 offices around the world.

Each year, they take over 250,000 travellers to more than 100 countries on all seven continents.

My guest today is Geoff Manchester, one of the two mates who co-founded Intrepid Travel with the aim of creating experiences that benefit all stakeholders: travellers, staff, communities and the environment.

The conversation starts with Geoff explaining why Conscious Capitalism and becoming a certified B Corp is important to him and Intrepid Travel.

From there, we go on to discuss:

  • How Intrepid Travel got started and what pivoted them towards responsible travelling
  • The four pillars of conscious capitalism:
    • Purpose beyond profit
    • Stakeholder orientation
    • Conscious Leadership: Leading from behind
    • Culture: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
  • Managing people from different countries with different cultures within the Conscious Capitalism framework
  • Recruiting for culture versus recruiting for skill
  • Choosing which social projects to support
  • Partnerships
  • The three main hurdles Intrepid Travel has faced
  • Geoff’s tips for people wanting to start their business as a responsible entity

Quotes

“The four pillars of conscious capitalism really reflect our business.” @GeoffManchester

“Companies will need to become B Corporations because B Corp certification will assist the consumer to decide who they want to spend their money with.” – @GeoffManchester

“Conscious leadership is much more about leading from behind.” – @GeoffManchester

“Give people the understanding that they can think for themselves.” @GeoffManchester

“Be focused on getting culturally correct people because you can teach them the skills you need.” @GeoffManchester

“Keeping up with the technology involves a huge investment all the time, and it never seems to stop.” @GeoffManchester

“It’s not a matter of going to new countries but a matter of doing new styles of travel.” @GeoffManchester

Episode Resources

Hacks and Insights

  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast: if you haven’t got your culture right, you have no hope of implementing your strategy.
  • Think long term – and don’t compromise for the short-term gain.
  • When taking on partnerships, pay attention to the culture and make sure your values are aligned.
  • And finally I really love the research, outlined in book Firms of Endearment, that found conscious businesses significantly outlast and outperform those that don’t adopt these philosophies.

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Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

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Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows  Modern Folk  link  Written by Horace Silver

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Charlie Arnott | chemical & hormone free, naturally |TFS006

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Biodynamic and organic farmer Charlie Arnott has a novel approach to his business and his customer relationships.

He likes to be known as thefeeder who keeps you healthy, and prefers to describe the relationship between farmer and consumer as “feeder and eater”.

Charlie’s presentation regarding the importance of knowing where and how our food is grown and – more importantly – who grows it, inspired the audience attending Sydney’s  2015 Conscious Capitalism Conference. It’s this focus that underpins the Who’s your Farmer? campaign.

Charlie is passionate about helping farmers move away from a commodity-based mindset to achieve greater value financially, socially, and economically for them and their community. In this episode he speaks about this, along with his commitment to connecting the city and country via food, knowledge, and awareness.

Join our chat as we discover and discuss:

  • What Charlie does as a biodynamic farmer.
  • The selection of products available to customers and how he sells this produce.
  • Butcherman, the online meat distribution service connecting customers with local butchers.
  • Charlie’s mission to bring change to the agricultural industry.
  • The turning point to move into biodynamics.
  • The difference between biodynamic, organic, and certified organic.
  • The nature philosophy behind biodynamics.
  • Charlie’s advice to farmers considering biodynamic farming.
  • The importance of having an effective team and how he found the right people for his enterprise.
  • Charlie’s ideal eaters.
  • The concept behind Who’s Your Farmer?
  • Being part of Landcare Australia’s From Farm to Fork campaign.
  • Various training courses Charlie offers:
    • Introduction to Biodynamics course with John Priestly and Hamish Mackay
    • Bio-fertiliser course
  • How Charlie connects the city and country through food, knowledge, and awareness.

Quotes to ponder and share

“When we have an abundance mentality… you tend to attract that certain sort of person.” Charlie Arnott #TFS 

“Working against nature can be really stressful, expensive, and counterproductive. You need a lot of inputs to reverse nature’s progress.” Charlie Arnott #TFS

“I’m on a mission to change the agricultural industry to promote social and cultural and economic change by connecting city people with farming communities.” Charlie Arnott #TFS

“Not only are the [folks] in the city screaming out for NON chemical-laden food… they’re saying, I want good clean, healthy food to feed my family.” Charlie Arnott #TFS

“If we all had a farmer then we probably wouldn’t need to go to the doctor often because the farmer is producing healthy food.” Charlie Arnott #TFS

“If I can connect city and country via food, knowledge, and awareness, my job is done.” Charlie Arnott #TFS

“Now, the biggest challenge in my business is my philosophy that I’m actually growing healthy food to feed people.”

Episode Resources:

Top Three Tips, Tricks & Insights:

  • Skills can be taught. Values and attitudes are harder to align.
    When employing people, take people who are aligned with your attitudes, values, and philosophy even if they don’t have the exact skills you want.
  • Just do it.
    It’s not necessary to have the answer to everything.
  • Take tiny steps.
    Change doesn’t have to come from big steps.

Contact Charlie Arnott  Links | website |  facebook | Instagram  |

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Malcolm Rands | ecostore : a world of good – why not? | TFS001

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Today’s guest is Malcolm Rands, co-founder of ecostore, a leading New Zealand-based company that offers a wide range of sustainable, eco-friendly household cleaning and body care products that are widely available in Australia and other international markets.

Malcolm is also the author of the book “ECOMAN from garage in Northland to a pioneering global brand.”

Influenced greatly by his parents (along with the ‘why not” written on his mum’s car number plate), Malcolm grew up with a business mindset. Today, he is a conscious business owner who continues to bring quality, sustainable products to consumers. An eco-warrior for many years, Malcolm is truly an entrepreneur that gives a damn about the health and wellbeing of people and the planet.

Join our chat as we discuss:

  • Malcolm’s strongest influences in his life
  • Ways to transition from your shy self to extrovert
  • His philosophy on business, which he discusses during his TEDx Talk
  • Merging not-for-profits and business together – Can you do this?
  • The “why” behind ecostore
  • How he’s advocating the “no chemicals” campaign
  • Where they manufacture all their products
  • How do they keep being nimble as an organisation?
  • How ecostore inculcates the culture into their organisation – The power of leading by example!
  • The idea behind ecostore’s mission statement
  • How they went about branding the ecostore with black and white
  • What the squiggle represents
  • Why they’re using palm oil in their products
  • How do you know if a product is made sustainable?
  • Coming up with capital as the hardest thing for an entrepreneur when starting up
  • Deciding when and how to reduce their product range
  • The one thing Malcolm knows about business now that he wished he knew when he first started
  • What conscious businesses can do to educate the public about greenwashing
  • Here’s what Malcolm thinks about their copycats
  • Malcolm’s secrets to de-stressing

 

Twitter Quotes:

 

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing badly. Malcolm Rands @ecostoreAU Click To Tweet It's your transparency and your authenticity which will overcome the greenwashing. Malcolm Rands… Click To Tweet Just get out there and try things. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Malcolm Rands @ecostoreAU Click To Tweet A world of good - that's where we want to live. We want to live in a world of good. Malcolm Rands… Click To Tweet

Other Quotes to ponder:

 

  • Start doing things. You can’t wait for something to happen or for the right moment. Even if you’re not ready, just get out there and do it.” – Malcolm Rands
  • “If you can visualise where you’re like your money to go in the future, it can actually help you stay on track with your business.” – Malcolm Rands 
  • “We are far from perfect but we can put our hands on our hats and so we don’t know a better way to do it yet. But as soon as a better way comes along, boy we’re going to be the first people who would jump on that ship.” – Malcolm Rands @ecostoreAU
  • “Our mission statement… is we want to make it easy and pleasurable for you to make a difference.” – Malcolm Rands @ecostoreAU

 

Episode Resources:

 

My three top learnings:

  • Love copycats. Copycats show you that you are changing the world and creating an industry.
  • There’s never a perfect time to start. Just do it. Do it now. And don’t wait.
  • Narrow your ideas. make sure your ideas are really focused. Once you really know what you want, you’ll be surprised by the opportunities that turn up


Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows  Modern Folk  link  Written by Horace Silver

Launching support team:

Timbo Reid | Small Business Big Marketing | twitter @TimboReid

Daryl Missen | LinkedIn  | twitter 

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