After years of sustained effort, months of anticipation, and amongst a very competitive calibre of finalists, fifteen deserving winners were announced at the Green Globe Awards ceremony held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last Thursday night.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman congratulated the winners and applauded the actions of business, community and government who are leading the way to build a cleaner, greener NSW and helping us and our environment to thrive.
Development Director, Matthew Scard, took to the stage to present the award for Sustainability Champion to Sue Turner, the brainchild behind The Uniform Exchange; a shop front and online market place that buys and sells second-hand school uniforms and other school items such as books, sporting equipment and musical instruments. Sue created a business model geared around behaviour change, encouraging her customers to 'rethink' before buying new, and re-use quality second-hand goods. Adopting a 'nothing goes in the bin' policy, Sue makes sure that items are either fixed or donated to not-for-profit partners delivering clothing and equipment to charities in Swaziland, Vanuatu, PNG and the Solomon Islands. Profits are also donated to these partners.
Congratulations to Sue and all other winners and finalists on the evening.