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Environmentally friendly gifts from down-under

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As an eco-conscious local business, we make efforts everyday towards less energy consumption in our showroom in Balmain, Sydney.

Today we interviewed Micaela Smith, the owner, to learn more on how she carefully sources her products:

"At Bits of Australia, we are committed to providing our customers access to a wide range of Australian made gifts and souvenirs that are also environmentally friendly, or made using eco-friendly materials and production techniques.  

Our first rule is to look for products that are made here in Australia, so they don't travel half the planet before the customers even think of buying them. 

We also make sure of the environmental friendly source of materials, like the banksia pods that already are in the end of their life cycle, and come from areas regulated by the Western Australian Forestry. And because sometimes we have hard time finding the right products that follow our standards, we are now developing a new range of jewellery made from sustainable pine plywood from Queensland.

We also select products that are either durable, practical, and with a meaningful purpose. We offer a range of ceramic products for the kitchen (coffee cups that you can bring to your favourite coffee shop) and the home (vases) that you can use everyday and will last the long term.

Eco-friendly doesn't mean ugly faded material! For instance our range of greeting cards and wrapping paper, printed carbon neutral, with vegetable based ink on luxuriously thick 100% post-consumer recycled paper, is made with bright and vivid colours. We are very keen to support local businesses that include an eco sustainability focus to their process.

As a business, we're also always trying to make better consumption choices and minimise the environmental impact of our business - like for our wrapping service, where we use locally-sourced materials, recycle the packaging filler from our deliveries, like bubble wrap into our own parcels, and we avoid excess packaging or using plastic satchels as much as possible."

You too, can make a difference. You could celebrate Earth Hour (this Saturday, 30 March 2019 at 8:30pm local timeand Earth Day! Go to www.earthhour.org.au and www.earthday.org to discover different ways you can get in on the action!