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Oct 12, 2020 31 min

Building the Hemp Industry - Expanding Australian Hemp Products

If there is one thing that we've all learnt from the global pandemic it's that we need to go local and be resourceful. That's exactly what Georgina Wilkinson and Gary Rogers from Margaret River Hemp Company are doing. In this episode of Gutsy Matters Podcast we talk with Georgina about the exciting new developments in the Australian Hemp Industry. Georgina is the Vice President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance. To kick off this episode we start with the dilemma of Hemp being a more sustainable fibre crop yet we still heavily rely on less sustainable fibre crops that are more demanding on our precious environment. The Hemp plant uses about 11% of the water required to grow cotton and it fertilises the soil while it grows which means that in Australia it can be cropped three times a year on the same land. The Hemp plant that we're discussing is the Industrial Hemp variety, with very low levels of THC (the main active component in medicinal hemp), even so it's still a fully regulated crop. Western Australia is the second largest industrial Hemp growing region after Tasmania. Georgina explains that Tasmania has specialised in the production and processing of hemp seed and hemp oil and has created a healthy hemp food industry. Hemp food industry has enjoyed rapid expansion since the ban was lifted in 2017. Hulled hemp seed is highly nutritious and has become a prized health food because hemps seeds are rich in fibre, protein and heart-healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is also favoured both as a food and for skincare products. The pulp left after the oil has been pressed from the seeds becomes hemp flour and hemp protein (the difference being the oil content). The health benefits of hemp foods are linked to the new understanding of the human endocannabinoid system and the cannabinoids naturally found in hemp. So whilst Australia has the processing facilities for the Hemp food industry, the facilities for processing fibre are limited. Georgina's been working with Gary and others to change this for Western Australian growers. Hemp fibre processing facilities would open the industry to the potential for manufacturing hemp plastic, hemp paper, hempcrete for hemp homes and hemp fabric, just to name a few. Even then, we still wouldn't be using the whole hemp plant including the flowers and leaves - it truly is the plant that keeps giving. The hemp fibre that is used in hempcrete for building is the hemp hurd, it's the inside of the long straight stalk or stem of the hemp plant. The outside of the hemp stem is stripped off for the fibre that is used for textiles, hemp fabric and hemp clothing. Currently the world leaders in hemp fibre and hemp textiles are in China, yet ever hopeful, we ask Georgina about the Australian textiles industry! Hemp bio-composite plastics (otherwise known as hemp plastic) and even hemp weed matting are the next products that are on the horizon of the hemp industry. The world desperately needs natural fibre replacements for plastic products. It's ironic really because the invention of nylon and plastic by Dupont was what ruined the hemp industry, you can read about the history here. The history of Hemp plastics begins with Henry Ford and the plastic car he built in 1941. It was made from a bio-composite plastic, that included hemp, and was 10 times stronger than steel. Newspaper articles from the time reported that Henry Ford was proud of plastic car for being lighter, safer and less expensive than cars made from steel. He even collaborated with Rudolf Diesel to design the engine to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp biodiesel. Looking back, it's easy to feel that BMW's i3 electric car with 28kg of hemp bio-composite is only just catching up! While Georgina and Gary explore potentials and difficulties of hemp plastic they'll continue to promote the natural properties of hemp building materials. Not only are hemp b...
Sep 27, 2020 33 min

An Upple a day.... Whole apple in a bottle that's healthier than apple juice.

We're delighted to introduce the Upple on the Gutsy Matters Podcast. It's a brand new innovation in the Apple Industry and it's direct from the Savio family Apple Orchard on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia. The Upple is a whole apple in a bottle and it's going to shake up the apple juice and apple snacks market in Australia and around the world. The health benefits of the Upple greatly outweigh that of apple juice and that's why it's so exciting! The Savio family embarked on creating an innovative new healthy whole fruit apple snack product and what they've created is wonderful. They worked with Jeff Schultheiss (from Darling Fresh Consulting) and others to adapt technology, innovate a new patent pending technique and create a product that is as healthy as eating a fresh apple as possible but more convenient. It's all in an Upple - literally! Upple is a whole fruit product and that's why it's so different to apple juice. Upple is 99.9% apple - the whole apple, including the pulp, peel and all it's nutrition in a bottle with a splash (0.1%) of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Unlike most apple juices and orange juices, Upple has NO added sugar, NO added sweetener, it's just whole fruit. Other reasons why Upple is so different to apple juice include not being heated treated, not made from concentrate and not containing any nasty additives - it really is as close to eating a fresh apple, with all it's health benefits, as you can get. Upple is made from first grade apples that the supermarkets won't sell because they're too big or two small. That's why Upple's taste so good; just fresh, crisp, first grade whole apples that are imperfect in shape according to the major supermarkets, plus a splash of Vitamin C. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Sep 13, 2020 27 min

Australian Made Dairy Free Butter That's Not Margarine - Matt Weller from Phyto Kitchen

In this episode our conversation is about a revolutionary new butter. A butter made from plants. A butter that is equally as useful, delicious and functional for spreading, toasting,and baking as butter made from cream. The team making these gutsy moves in the food industry are Matt Weller and his wife Ashley Jubinville and their butter business is called Phyto Kitchen. We're talking with Matt to find out what got Phyto plant butter started, what makes Phyto Plant Butter such an enjoyable dairy free butter alternative and how much butter they're going to make! To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Aug 30, 2020 35 min

Drop into the green cleaning revolution - free from single-use plastics!

Just like food contact plastic, where no-one really knows if the petroleum derived chemicals in the plastic are safe or not, cleaning chemicals in conventional cleaning products are exactly the same - petroleum derived and unknown! You may have even found that it's been easier to switch to clean personal care products than it has been to find an effective green all purpose cleaner that's made in Australia with natural ingredients! According to there are over 17,000 petrochemicals available for home use, only 30 percent of which have been tested for their effects on human health and on the environment. We all need a clean place to live and work but none of us need to be poisoned by the fumes or residues of the harmful chemicals in the process! And, what about the environment impact? There's all the toxic chemicals we don't understand and all those plastic spray bottles that we only use once then replace instead of refill. It's time to clean with environmentally friendly green cleaning products, it's time for a safer choice. It's time for an Australian green cleaning product range. So, regardless of whether you call it green cleaning, healthy cleaning, natural cleaning or environmentally friendly cleaning - who is making the gutsy moves? Pleasant State are. They've got our wellbeing in mind. They are a start up business on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia who are currently crowd funding their green cleaning 'just add water products' and their custom made glass and silicon reusable spray bottles. They have three green cleaning products: an all purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner and a bathroom cleaner. Their 'just add water' green cleaning products are all environmentally friendly and all made in Australia. Now it's simple for us to replace the toxic conventional cleaning products with green cleaning products. Pleasant State are making green cleaning our new normal. Imagine no longer worrying about the health effects of conventional cleaning products with an unknown cocktail of petroleum based toxic chemical ingredients that you've been using out of habit, but secretly wondering if they are really safe for your wellbeing (the smell, really makes you wonder doesn't it?). Imagine using the reusable glass silicone spray bottle from Pleasant State that you fill with warm water, drop in the 'just add water' all purpose cleaner bar, let it fizz and there you have it - safe all purpose cleaning solution that replaces your conventional products and suddenly you've become a sustainable cleaner!!! Imagine knowing that your cleaning products don't contain any hazardous chemicals, what a relief! No air pollution either or skin absorption of dangerous chemicals. Just the fresh, reassuring, natural smell of Lemon Myrtle. The green clean change is here. Sustainable cleaning with natural cleaning products will replace toxic conventional products and reduce single use plastics. We have loved meeting and interviewing the team at Pleasant State especially because they are just as passionate as we are about reducing single use plastics. You'll love hearing their story on the Gutsy Matters Podcast. Not only are they planning to win against the single use plastic challenge with their green cleaning products they're also wanting to prove their fully employee owned business model is a fairer and more ethical way to do business. Hear how two people are putting all their determination, persistence and drive behind their big ethics, morals and goals. Let's make the green clean change a permanent one. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Aug 16, 2020 43 min

Healthy eating

99% of Australia children aged between 2 -18 DO NOT eat enough vegetables. In fact, very few of us eat enough vegetables, according to a recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. The report found that across all stages of life, Australians generally do not eat enough healthy foods. Eating a balanced diet, including sufficient fruit and vegetables, reduces your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. So, what can we as a community do? In this episode we speak with Dr Danielle Carter, co-founder of Flourish PYO, a non-for-profit health promotion charity in Toowoomba, Queensland. Danielle gives us great insights into why people don't eat enough fruit and vegetables and how to make changes to our diets in order to prevent chronic diseases. The statistics indicate that 99% of Australian children between the ages of 2 to 18 do not eat enough vegetables The statistics for adults are not good either, with only one in thirteen people (7.5%) meeting the guidelines for adequate daily serves of vegetables. We discuss what people do in their communities to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Aug 02, 2020 33 min

Creating Change - one reusable bag at a time

A conversation about the huge problem of plastic overflowing in landfill, floating in the oceans, strangling marine life and causing all sorts of trouble was the catalyst for a fantastic initiative that commenced in 2013 and has enthusiastically spread to over 1100 communities worldwide. Jordyn and Tania, co-founders of Boomerang Bags, said the answer to these problems stared them in the face - with one million plastic bags being used every minute, 10.46 million tonnes of fabric waste created each year, and with the willingness and generosity of people from all fabrics of society they decided to do something about the problem. They created a platform that supports the diversion of post-consumer material (waste- in other words) into reusable bags to replace plastic bags and most importantly, start conversations. In this episode we are very pleased to chat with Jordyn De Boer. Jordyn's reverence and curiosity, inspired by a life-long love of nature in all its forms, led her to study the natural environment, and now implements those experiences to support communities to create change, one reusable bag and conversation at a time. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Jul 19, 2020 38 min

Repairing, recycling and ....building tiny houses with Guido Verbist

How often to do you hear people say that things don't last as long as they used to ......or that they bought an item that stopped working not long after purchasing it! The War on Waste states that over 85% of furniture we put on the curb isn't recycled and is instead sent to landfill. We have become a throw-away society. Did you know that there is 540kg of household waste produced in Australia, per person each year? That is more than 10kg for every single person, every single week. Every year the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population! We need to change our attitudes and behaviour when it comes to waste. An organisation that is doing just that is the Bower Reuse & Repair Centre based in Sydney, NSW. Bower is an environmental charity committed to reducing landfill. They have pioneered programs to reduce the amount of waste by reclaiming household items for reuse, repair and resale and by encouraging communities to engage in repurposing of preloved goods. They have been playing a vital role for more than 20 years fostering a culture of sustainability and in this Gutsy Matters episode we chat to Bower Reuse & Repair Centre's general manager, Guido Verbist. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Jul 05, 2020 40 min

Nourished with fresh food .... and love! with Anni Cramb, Floursh PYO

In this episode we speak with Anni Cramb, who, along with three other Toowoomba Mum's decided to plant seeds of love, hope and health to help their community flourish. They have a wonderful vision to provide fresh solutions for a happier and healthier community and were inspired to start Flourish PYO in 2017. In 2018 they began their first community garden and continued to educate children where their food comes from and how amazing it is to pick and eat fresh vegetables. Flourish PYO is a Not-for-Profit health promotion charity in Toowoomba, Queensland, who believe everyone should have access to fresh healthy produce and the knowledge to use it to nourish themselves and their families to prevent disease. Anni tells us all about the concept behind this community initiative and the story of how Flourish operates, their aims and their dreams for the future. It is truly an inspirational story. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Jun 21, 2020 39 min

Exposing Plastic Recycling Myths with Tops Off Recycling

Do you know what plastic is recycled and what is not? In this episode we chat to Leisa Clark from Tops Off Recycling and are shocked to uncover some of the myths about what we thought was actually being recycled! Leisa explains that 40% of all plastic used in packaging is HDPE (High-density polyethylene) plastic, which is a strong, resistant, long lasting, UV resistant, buoyant plastic. 40% of all plastic produced in the world is HDPE plastic and none of that type of plastic is currently being recycled in Australia. Leisa says that when she last looked at the statistics, only 9% of all plastics in Australia, are being recycled. Australia does not recycle plastic bottle tops - so when you take your bottles to a Containers for Change depot to receive the 10c refund, all the lids are taken off and they are thrown into landfill. All the hard plastic, such as yoghurt containers, plastic milk bottles, vitamin tablet containers, are all HDPE plastic, which is not getting recycled at all and ends up in landfills....even though we put it in our recycling bins provided by councils! Tops Off Recycling are looking at ways to recycle plastic bottle tops and turn it into recycled, quality 3D printing filament. Their goal is to have local- based recycle hubs and innovation centres across Queensland to recycle and repurposed plastic into 3D filament and other products. Find out other interesting facts about plastic and recycling in this very interesting conversation. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
Jun 07, 2020 32 min

Asher Andrews - Across Australia Fuelled by Plants

Introducing Asher Andrews - husband to Jess, father to Willa and Rumi, distance runner and whole food plant based vegan chef and coach. He's a man who is motivated to inspire us to love the plants on our plate, appreciate moments of living a simpler life and reconnect to the story of our food. "Plants are the most nutrient dense and nutrient rich foods that you can eat. We need to eat the cleanest most nourishing foods on the planet" In fact, he's committed himself to something VERY BIG - to run from Cape Byron, the most eastern point of Australia to Steep Point, the most westerly point of Australia. 5,000km's to draw us in and bring our attention to how much we can do on a plant based lifestyle, to ask us all to evaluate our connection to our food, our health and our environment, personally, locally and globally. He points out that we're not an exception to the rule in Australia; our health and environmental statistics are on par with the rest of the developed world. He urges us to reconnect to what matters the most. To obtain the show notes with more information and links from this episode, and others, visit Find us on FB and on IG @storednaturally
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