5 Ways to participate on 'World Environment Day' June 04 2017, 0 Comments
World Environment Day June 5th 2017 is the United Nations’ annual celebration to raise global awareness of the environment and the need to take positive action to protect it. It is now celebrated in over 100 countries, with many people actively participating in local, national and global activities. The theme for 2017 is ‘connecting people with nature’, a day to reconnect with the places you love. We’ve come up with a few ideas as to how you can take responsibility and become an agent of change in ensuring a more environmentally sustainable planet!
- #WorldEnvironmentDay – This year’s goal is to create the world’s biggest photo album with photos or videos of your favourite places in nature. By using #WorldEnvironmentDay or #WithNature, you can share the story of your favourite place and why is matters to you. Join in on the global conversation and raise awareness - our planet and its infinite beauties needs to be recognised, appreciated and protected!
- 'Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.' Ryunosuke Satoro
- Every action counts on World Environment Day, no matter how small! It’s about participating and taking the initiative to making the world greener. Will you stop using plastic bags when you shop? Turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth? Or use rainwater to water your plants? Make your daily routine greener by creating a list of your energy usage, consuming habits and reliance on products then think of a way to alter these habits as your move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
- Join in on the celebration – Check out the activities being planned locally, nationally and globally and participate in the action. Events are listed on the World Environment Day website, local government and municipality websites, so keep yourself posted. You may also have the opportunity to become a volunteer for the event.
- Put on a show – Be the host of your own World Environment Day celebration. With a little planning and effort, you can mobilise your neighbourhood, friends, work colleagues, school or family to raise awareness and take action for our planet! Some activity ideas:
- Clean up your neighbourhood, workplace or school.
- Eco film festival screening informative environmental films.
Use what you’ve got
- Garden - How’s that backyard of yours looking? A little neglected? It may just be the perfect place to start to your new eco-conscious lifestyle. Visit your garden space and plan its future. Start composting to boost your garden’s health and production, plant seasonal crops, herbs and spices to add to your cooking. Spend some time in your garden every week, away from your busy lifestyle to reflect and connect with nature. It could do wonders not only to your garden but to your own mind, body and soul!
- Clutter – Reduce, reuse, recycle, just like the AusPen motto. A great place to start is with your own belongings and buying habits. Ask yourself – do you really need to buy just for keeps? Or could you borrow, reuse, share to reduce consumption and the subsequent production of landfill after use? De-clutter your life and reduce, reuse and recycle your belongings after you’re done with them.
- Learn – Read the labels of your own goods purchased to find out where and how those products are made. Be informed about the purchase decisions you make as you may be surprised (and perhaps shocked) with how your belongings are being produced. There are always alternative solutions and products if you just search for the information and question the company, retailer or manufacturer responsible.
This is your chance to make a small but meaningful contribution to a greener planet and a more sustainable lifestyle. Every actions matters!
Nail Your Presentations with AusPen February 14 2014, 0 Comments
Pre-presentation jitters? Don’t worry, AusPen has you covered with our 6 top ideas to help you calm your nerves, and ace your presentation without a hiccup!
So you’ve probably been told your entire life that ‘practice makes perfect’, right? That may be true, but an over rehearsed speech can seem robotic and disingenuous- and can take away from the natural appeal of a less rigid presentation. Our advice is to practice a few times in front of family or friends to reduce the nerves, whilst making sure that your speech will sound honest and capture your audience!
Studies have shown that the use of different, vibrant colours when memorising text helps to strengthen the neural pathways in your brain- so the more colourful your notes, the easier it will be for you to remember important information vital to your speech.
P.S. AusPen has a great range of bright colours *applause*.
We know, we know- who has the time or, let’s be honest, the patience to meditate? But all the research indicates that it really can help to reduce the physical symptoms of nervousness, and improve focus. That’s why, here at AusPen, we do what we like to call ‘Meda-fake-tion’. It’s actually called Mindfulness, takes 5 minutes, and has all the positive effects of an hour of meditation! Seriously, check it out- you’ll be blown away.
Gasp! No coffee? Yes, we said it. We may all be under the impression that coffee is the ultimate pick me up, and vital before a demanding presentation, but in truth caffeine can over-energise, and over excite the nervous system- leaving us jittery and scattered- hardly the mindset you want to be in when addressing your audience. If you want something to keep you awake and alert through the morning, make sure you eat a big breakfast packed full of low GI energy that is found in cereals and fresh fruit- the kind of energy that will last you through most of the day.
This one’s fairly straight forward- make sure that none of your gear will break down on you and leave you out of sorts and frazzled trying to fix it and get your presentation back on track. If using electronics, make sure that all batteries are brand new, and everything is charged and ready to go. Our pens are sure to last you, and by refilling the night before, you won’t have to worry about running out of ink. Plus, our pens are xylene-free, so they won’t give you a headache and you can stay focused and on task!
This may seem relatively simple, but we’ve all experienced good old cotton mouth in our lives. Wondering why? Nerves and anxiety can cause your mouth to stop producing saliva as a survival tactic (convenient in this day and age!) so be sure to have a water bottle on hand at all times- so you can speak free.
So there you have it, our top tips for beating presentation nerves. Good luck and love from AusPen!
AusPen's 5 Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly and Economical Start to the School Year January 28 2014, 0 Comments
If you’re like us, at the end of every year you find yourself packing half-filled exercise books into the back of the cupboard. This year, instead of buying more paper that could be wasted, why not reuse and recycle the paper you already have? Binding your own books can save the time you would spend trawling through the stationary aisle as well as the money you would spend (Ok, that’s probably only around $2 max, but why not save anyway?). Simply removing the blank pages from old exercise books and stapling them together before binding the edge with masking tape not only saves the Earth’s resources but also gives your child a blank cover page that they can decorate and personalise themselves!
Not sure what to do with textbooks from last year’s classes? Easy. Instead of giving them to a second hand book sale for a small percentage of your money back or, god forbid, throwing your books out (we’ve all been tempted at one point), you can just sell them yourself. This may seem like a monolithic task, but with sites such as eBay and Gumtree, it’s easy as 1,2,3! Upload a photo of the book and a brief description and watch the bids fly in. More often than not, you will come close to making back the original price you bought it for! Saving money and preventing landfill waste, good for you!
It may seem like something no one has time for, but buying a neat and good quality lunch set for your child is sure to be a good investment for both you and the environment. If you consider the money spent on paper bags, glad wrap, aluminium foil, plastic cutlery (and the list goes on!) and the amount of this that ends up in landfill, you’ll see that a lunchbox and some nice little tubs is a great way to stop all the waste. What’s more, your child will be the envy of the schoolyard with their cool looking lunch and their obviously style (and environment) savvy parent!
Millions of pens, whiteboard markers and other disposable stationary items end up in landfill each year, a number that is only growing. You can make a difference and reduce the waste of money and resources by buying refillable and reusable materials this year. One AusPen whiteboard marker with refills equates to 40 non-refillable markers, and they are made from 100% recyclable materials, so even after (if ever!) you reach 40 refills, you still won’t be contributing to the growing landfill. Simply by buying reusable and recyclable eco-stationary you are saving the planet, and money at the same time (congrats)!
Piling into the car for a trip to the local stationary supplier can be a pain anytime of the year, let alone during the back-to-school rush! Why not do it all in the comfort of your own home, buying stationary and textbooks online? Not only will this save time, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint (and your petrol)! It’s a win-win! While you’re here, why not check out the AusPen online store?