An Intelligent Response to Bush Fires

“The four guiding principles are humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. The humanity principle means that everyone shall be treated humanely and equally. The neutrality principle means support must be given in an impartial and independent manner. The impartiality principle speaks to the concept of non-discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religion, political opinion or class. Critically, this principle provides that support must be based on need – not for example on donor-led assumptions or political calculations. And finally, the independence principle means maintaining autonomy from political, economic, military or other calculations and acting in accordance with humanitarian principles.” Audette Exel AO is founder of the Adara Group and the winner of the 2012 NSW Telstra businesswoman of the year award. Audette was named Australia’s 2016 leading philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia. Extract from The Guardian - Original article found here Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images...

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We are here to answer all of your framing questions

We are here to answer all of your framing questions. What does carbon neutral mean? We have bought carbon credits to offset emissions produced in the manufacturing of our frames. The money raised will go towards land regeneration. By choosing carbon neutral products, we can each play our part in supporting the environment. ...

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Our earth – How can we protect it from ourselves!

All of us need to take responsibility for ensuring the survival of the land we inhabit. This is a global issue and can be addressed in our work processes as well as at home. At Corban & Blair we already recycle, use recycled materials, use recycled boxes, shred paper for packing, compost, reduce our energy needs by turning off lights and appliances when not really required. We pay the carbon credits on our New Zealand manufactured frames. BUT what else can we do? -This will be on the agenda for our next staff meeting. As a start we can all listen to and join the TED 10.10.20 COUNTDOWN a major global campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions. TED has partnered with scientists, policy makers, organizations, activists and more to create an initiative that everyone in the world can be part of. Learn more here. Watch the 'How we can turn the tide on...

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One of our most popular frames used by Egg Picnic

The Shadow Box Frame is one of our most popular frames. Like all our frames it is carbon neutral, which means Corban & Blair has stepped up its commitment to the environment by buying carbon credits to offset emissions produced in the manufacturing of our frames. The money raised will go towards land regeneration. By choosing carbon neutral products, we can each play our part in supporting the environment. The Shadow Box Frames have been hand crafted in New Zealand from sustainable, plantation grown timber. They are available in 4 different sizes in black and white, with and without a mat. Because this frame has a depth of 3.5cm from the front of the frame to glass, the frames construction makes it perfect for shelf/table display. Look out for Egg Picnic who uses the Shadow Box Frames to displays their fine art prints, which they look wonderful in! Have a look at their work here....

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High Fashion Couture- From Recycled and Discarded Materials

West Village artist Debra Rapoport, 73, has a knack for turning garbage into fashion. Her signature hats, made from paper towels, sell for as much as $450. “Recycled materials speak to me. It’s like they say, ‘Give me a second life!’ She finds recycled, discarded and unusual materials and gives them a brilliant second life as high fashion couture. No items or material of any origin are out of consideration for her “Gifted and Thrifted” unique creations, A self-described “advanced style star”, Rapoport combs the streets of New York City in search of that which catches her eye. See more of Debra's work here.  ...

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Corban & Blair support companies like this…

Parafina offers designer eyewear in eco-friendly materials at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Their tagline is, “See Beyond Trash". Through constant experimentation with materials, design, and manufacturing techniques, they aim to reinvent the eyewear market and reintroduce consumers to products that are thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted. They created Parafina as a company that would finance education programs with every pair of eyewear sold along with other activities. SOCIAL They donate 5% of every purchase to social project #LlévaleAlCole. ECO-FRIENDLY All shades are made with recycled materials. 100% RADICAL Eyewear as never seen before. ...

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WAGIBAA – New this season

Corban & Blair will launch a new collection in collaboration with Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay Design. The linings of these items feature Lucy’s Wagibaa design. This design tells a story of Yuwaalaraay country. It is inspired by the lines of country and traces the north west plains where the sky touches land. Country is where Lucy comes from. It is freshwater country, the rivers brim with memories, story and life. It is where her heart belongs. It is home. Lucy believes, from the stars in the skies, to the ground beneath we are surrounded by story” Collection includes: A5 refillable journal, Zip coin purse/keyholder, card holder, tech pouch, tech wrap, phone bag, travel wallet, passport holder & luggage tag. These are made from quality PU leather with unique colourful linings telling a story about what Australia and home means to Indigenous designer Lucy Simpson. They can have logos applied as well as...

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What do we do with unwanted clothes?

Make a gorgeous bag!  We are buying more low-cost, low-quality garments and disposing of more clothing than ever. Everywhere around the world, millions of tonnes of clothes go into landfills. In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year. Most of us donated our old clothes to organisations like the Salvation Army, but only a portion of those clothes end up being sold or given to people in need. Is there any way we could help divert some of that waste away from landfills? A new strategy to recycle and upcycle clothes are needed more than ever. We have to find a way to turn those clothes into new products. A new approach to see old clothes as resources, not waste. "Raw Couture" is a project created by Public Personas studio. The project explores the potential use of unwanted clothes, objects and anything that...

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A Great idea – Green Caffeen

Disposable cups are hurting our environment. Over a billion disposable cups are thrown away each year in Australia. Green Caffeen offers an eco-friendly cup solution giving unlimited access to re-usable green cups for coffee, tea, or other hot drinks. Simply signup and purchase your drink at a participating cafe, consume your drink, then return the used cup when you’re finished. You can return your used cup to the same cafe or any other participating cafe. Then grab a fresh cup the next time you order. Grab their App. See more here. ...

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