Has there ever been a better time to challenge how we do things?

Are you wanting to expand your knowledge and work towards practicing more sustainable habits, most especially in your work environment?

Be part of the conversation and join the change-makers crafting a circular economy approach to business. We are in the middle of a sustainability reset and challenging the notion of ‘business as usual’.

The Circular Conversation series stars serial collaborators who believe in reducing waste, increasing efficiencies and creating exceptional products and services to continue to find improved and new ways of doing things.

EPISODE #2 - Matt Hepburn, Christen McGarry and Bernie Craven

Todd Widdicombe is on the couch with Your Mates Brewery owners, Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry. In a Plastic Free July special, Matt and Christen share their unique approach to business as well as their passion for reducing single-use plastics, embracing sustainability and being ambassadors for Reef Check Australia. Also, joining the team on the couch will be Bernie Craven from Waste Free Solutions. Hairdresser-come-Circular Economy Innovator, Bernie will inspire you with his circular waste activity and serial collaborator mindset as he turns would-be waste into products that serve social good and commercial benefit.

There will be plenty more so stay tuned for the chance to hear about how we can expand the Circular Marketplace on the Sunshine Coast.

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About the Speakers

Todd Widdicombe

Host and craft beer connoisseur

The Circular Conversation series is hosted by a man who never accepts the status quo, Todd Widdicombe.

Todd is a passionate Sunshine Coast local and known for his love of a craft beer. With The Circular Conversation Series being held in craft beer and coffee houses around the Sunshine Coast, Todd is the perfect choice to help us showcase businesses that are mixing it up and doing their part for a better future.

Bernie Craven

CEO - Waste Free Solutions

Hairdresser-come-Circular Economy Innovator, Bernie has identified an opportunity to take plastics plus other waste from salons and create prosthetic limbs for children in need.

A serial collaborator, Bernie can be found connecting with a raft of businesses and researchers to seek exciting circular economy outcomes that have commercial benefit. He is currently exploring options with local Sustainable Surfboard producers NOTOX Surfboards Australia (Australian made GOLD Level Ecoboard as certified by Sustainable Surf) as they seek solutions to keep their surfboard solutions as clean and green as possible.

Your Mates Brewing Co.

Matt Hepburn: CEO and Co-Founder and Christen McGarry: Production Manager and Co-Founder

Your Mates Brewing Co. isn't just any ol' beer company. Founded on the Sunshine Coast in 2015, it represents a classic Australian underdog story and the true meaning of mateship.

At its core is a simple ethos, good beers, good mates and good times. Its headquarters, Your Mates Brew House, is loved by locals and visitors from afar for its homely feeling, extensive tap list, delicious food menu and live music. Read the full story.

Yasmin Grigaliunas

CEO & Co-Founder, The World’s Biggest Garage Sale

Yas Grigaliunas is an entrepreneur with passion for impact and innovation with a focus on people, planet and profit for purpose. Driven to make a difference and

Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), is a circular economy pioneer in Australia, driving this industry forward by innovating, collaborating, connecting and mobilising multiple stakeholders towards a shared vision, all while providing social good.

Strongly aligned with SDG12, WBGS is focused on SDG implementation, action (‘the doing’) and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. To date, WBGS has donated over $314K to charities, diverted over 3.3-million kgs of potential waste from landfill and contributed over $1.7-million in social value to the global economy. Yas and her organisation are living proof that you can provide positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose.

Todd Widdicombe

MC and craft beer connoisseur

The Circular Conversation series is hosted by a man who never accepts the status quo, Todd Widdicombe.

Todd is a passionate Sunshine Coast local and known for his love of a craft beer. With the circular conversation series being held in craft beer and coffee houses around the Sunshine Coast, Todd is the perfect choice to help us showcase businesses that are mixing it up and doing their part for a better future.

Michelle Christoe

Co-Owner, NightQuarter & Founder and Director Food Focus Australia

Michelle Christoe is an accomplished marketing and business professional, having launched and managed her own businesses in Australia and abroad, as well as representing Australian industry on Boards.

She is passionate about sustainable initiatives having set up a business as a joint initiative with Sydney Fish Market and Fisheries Research Development Corporation to create value add meals out of waste product within fisheries, established Environment Management System projects through to established the Common Language Group and worked with industry on issues papers. The key paper produced was called ‘Defining Sustainable Australian Seafood - Wild-Capture Fisheries’ which gained consensus between industry, researchers and environmentalist groups on the term ‘sustainable seafood’.

Today she owns and manages Food Focus Australia with strong Sustainability principles and is soon to relaunch NightQuarter, a venue primarily made of recycled materials with sustainable workshops and demonstrations empowering the community to Reduce, Repair and Recycle through its Repair Lab initiative.

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