"I want to do something for the environment, but with a busy family I just don't have time..." "...all my money's going on the mortgage..." "...the problem's just too big for one person..." Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? As Queenslanders consider climate change to be the most important issue facing Australia -- next to the Global Economic Crisis -- Lifeline Community Care Queensland, with the support of the Queensland Conservation Council, is providing education about the environmental value of buying second-hand goods to highlight new and affordable ways of being environmentally friendly. 'Throw the environment a lifeline' is a state-wide community education initiative, teaching people the environmental, financial and social benefits of shopping second hand.
Lifeline Community Care Queensland Spokesperson, Felipe Beltran, said that with about 150 Lifeline Shops located right across the state, many Queenslanders have the opportunity to realise these three benefits. "You can help the environment by shopping at a Lifeline Shop, donating your reusable goods to Lifeline or volunteering at one of our shops, warehouses or special events such as clothing sales and Bookfests," Mr Beltran said. "You can also help by spreading the word to your family and friends. "With your support, together, we can throw the environment a lifeline," he said. Throw the environment a lifeline Ambassador, Simon Baltais, said while most people list recycling as their number one environment activity, many do not realise that donating household items and clothes to Lifeline is another way to recycle. "In Queensland, consumption of new clothing and household items accounts for an average of 1.2 tonnes of greenhouse pollution per person per year," Mr Baltais said. "Recycling at Lifeline makes double sense as it's good for the environment and profits help those in need." Queensland Conservation Council's Ryan Dillon said Queensland's water footprint from the consumption of new clothes is another reason people should consider shopping and donating second-hand. "Our research indicates that the water used in producing news clothes for the average Queenslander equals approximately 39,000 litres a year," Mr Dillon said. "If every Queenslander bought 10 percent of their clothing second-hand, we would save the equivalent of 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water every year."
For more information, resources, shop listings and to view the documentary, visit lifelineshops.com. - Ends - For more information or for media enquiries, please contact Lifeline Community Care Queensland Communications Officer, Anna-Maria Masci, on 07 3250 1848, 0408 751 831 or firstname.lastname@example.org Find out your local community's water footprint and level of greenhouse pollution! We can let you know what the current water use and greenhouse pollution is in your local suburb, and how much your area can save if just 10 percent of the population shopped second-hand. Please contact us if you would like this localised information.
Throw the Environment a Lifeline
Location: All Lifeline Shops in the Greater Sunshine Coast from Caboolture to Gympie
Start Event: 18/05/2010
End Event: 30/06/2010
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