POSTPONED: Building Strong & Sustainable Local Businesses


Sadly, we have decided to postpone this event due to low ticket sales and covid complications with our special guests. The event will be changed to October in the week of 17-23rd.  Ticket holders will receive a refund directly from Local Tickets.  Tickets for the new event will go on sale closer to the date.

The Sustainable Community Working Group, a sub-group of Tamar NRM, invites local businesses to expand their knowledge and learn from others at the ‘Sustainable Business Forum: Building Strong & Sustainable Local Businesses’.

A follow-on from The van Diemen Project’s Environmental Sustainability for Business Event held in June and the Tamar Valley Leaders Lunch in July, this event will build on the actions you can take to do business in an environmentally sustainable way.

Hear from guest speaker and sustainable business consultant, Bonnie Tuttle, alongside 2021 Tasmanian Sustainable Business Award winner Aspen Hair and finalists, Brady’s Lookout Cider, Daisy Fresh Dry Cleaners, Earth Coterie, Ramble Folk, EcoPellets and City of Launceston’s Team leader Sustainability, Michael Attard.

Learn about the sustainable possibilities for your business and then hear how other businesses have put these actions into practice.

Environmental sustainability is a shared responsibility, and you as a business owner can take many small actions. Become part of the ongoing conversation and take the next step by registering your attendance.


Venue: Launceston Conference Centre, 50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston

Date: Wednesday, 3 August 2022  (POSTPONED until October)

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Cost: $15 (includes tea, coffee, afternoon tea and supper)

Format: In-person (a recording will be made available after the event)




Bonnie Tuttle

Born and raised in Southern Tasmania, Bonnie Tuttle is a leader, educator and advisor supporting communities to flourish from the ground up. She is passionate about building community resilience through connection, skills development and great strategy. Her career portfolio encompasses not-for-profits, public service and social & private enterprise; and this combined with running a family business and consultancy gives her a comprehensive and balanced understanding of business and community. Three precepts that underpin her business and values are; caring for all people; creating sustainable business which is good for people, the economy and the planet; and, ensuring that there is equal access to quality information and professional support for grassroots organisations and micro/start-up businesses.



Samantha Crawford | Aspen Hair (Winner of the 2021 Tasmanian Sustainable Business Award)

Aspen Hair Salon is a sustainable, clean, eco-friendly, luxury ladies hair salon located in Launceston. Their expert staff only use the highest ​quality Australian organic and sustainable products and specialise in hair colouring, personalised haircutting and styling.  Aspen Hair is a proud member of Sustainable Salons.  Aspen reuse, recycle and repurpose our materials and has partnered with sustainable brands to minimise the salon’s footprint to create a more sustainable future.  The hair from the floor is turned into Hair Booms which soak up oil spills on land and at sea and ponytails are donated to create medical wigs. Plastics are recycled & recreated into useful products, and all foil is collected and turned back into foil again.

Belinda Dowde | Ramble Folk

Ramble Folk is a locally made sustainable clothing and homewares brand. They create ‘new’ products from upcycled, vintage and leftover materials, and provide Australian made alternatives to popular reusable eco products. Their goal is to normalise, embrace and beautify the middle ‘R’ (reuse) and to help reduce the millions of tonnes of textile and plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Bel Dowde, owner and designer of Ramble Folk, creates funky and functional designs from second-hand, vintage and retro materials, and is committed to making, packing and shipping all products 100% plastic free!

Maria Ortiz | Earth Coterie

Earth Coterie was born from the passion of living a simple waste-free life and a desire to end the short life of packaging.  They dream of a world where a glass container is used a thousand times and a cardboard box a thousand more. Earth Coterie don’t see any material as the bad or the good guy, it just sees the value in reusing it or recycling it in another system like composting. This is why their eco-store products are refillable or come in compostable packing, to show everyone how to see the end or continuity of products and their packaging. They want you to live to the fullest and enjoy every second of life with less waste while supporting other local Australian brands that use at least 80% Australian ingredients and care about the origin of these.

Mathew Bowen | Daisy Fresh

Mathew Bowen has lived in Launceston for most of his life. For the last 15 years, together with his wife Tammy, they have owned and run Daisy Fresh Dry Cleaners, a successful multi-award-winning CBD business. During the ownership of Daisy Fresh, the pair transformed the business into one of Australia’s most environmentally friendly dry cleaning plants. Daisy Fresh has received many awards for its sustainability efforts, one being Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Waterwise Award for developing and implementing a water-saving system that is now considered industry best practice.  Mathew has previously worked in advertising and marketing, including North West Manager for The Examiner Newspaper and a former Cityprom Board member. He is also the state Branch Liaison Officer for the Dry Cleaning Institute of Australia.

Chris and Caro Brown | Bradys Lookout Cider

Chris and Caro Brown operate a small boutique cider mill in the Tamar Valley. Training in England as cider-makers, they are finding a balance between the pursuit of patience and an appreciation of the unique with Brady’s Lookout Cider Australia’s only cider operation committed to the time honoured Méthode Traditionelle (also known sparkling method) techniques.  Handcrafted like their cider, the mill has been built with sustainability. Many of the materials used are up-cycled (second-hand). The cellar has been built into the hill (following the principles of a ‘cave’ in France), creating a fantastic cellaring atmosphere for the cider. The business operates to circular economy principles. This includes using the pulp from our juicing process to produce Tasmania’s first commercially produced apple flour. They have also recently developed irrigation so that they can reuse the water from our processing operations out on the property.

Mick Attard | City of Launceston

Michael Attard is the Team Leader for Sustainability at the City of Launceston, arriving at the organisation after 20 years’ experience in scientific and environmental roles, including ecosystem assessment of kanamaluka/Tamar estuary and research for aquaculture at UTAS. The past 5 years have seen Michael contributing to the exciting world of sustainability, resource recovery and waste management through the coordination of the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group and the strategic management of Launceston’s recycling, transfer station, landfill and organics processing facilities. Michael enjoys empowering people through mutual opportunity; his favourite waste streams are organics and e-waste.


Environmental Groups and Communities – City of Launceston

The City of Launceston Sustainability Action Plan 


Tamar NRM’s Sustainable Community Working Group brings you this event with sponsorship from the City of Launceston and Meander Valley Council.  $2 from the sale of each ticket goes toward the Tasmania Island Ark’s Greening Australia initiative.


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