Bonnie Horsman of New Way Solutions created an interactive evening for members

Bonnie encouraged us to think about how we can develop our businesses and make ourselves less dependent on depleting resources (oil etc). She highlighted policy coming down the tracks which will make this issue impossible to ignore. Large organisations are making considerable changes. If we are to continue to be their suppliers, we will be expected to meet their new targets which demands that we make changes too.

As consumers, the Shopping Tree exercise (see pic) helped raise awareness of just how far some of our own purchasing travels. The question it raises is, what is necessary and what isn’t?
A cake bought in a local farmers market goes up the tree when you consider that you drive 2 miles to the market. What planning changes could mean the option of cycling the short distance?
Potatoes, locally produced, bought in a shop are packed in plastic which comes from where? At what cost?
Ask yourself this.
“What would reduce the ecological footprint of the whole buying process?”
Food for thought indeed.
Thanks Bonnie for your vision, positivity and importantly, your call to action.

Bonnie Horsman – New Way Solutions

Here are Bonnie’s slides from last night. More soon. Amanda

The Business of Being Green – Tues 28th Sept 2010

We’re now back after August’s hiatus and we hope you are too!

We are delighted to invite you to the first of our Autumn events, continuing our speaker series Outstanding Conversations with…

Our next speaker Bonnie Horsman, Director of New Way Solutions is a hands on presenter and a recognised thought leader in the area of sustainability and business. She will speak to us as business women and as stakeholders in our own community. This promises to be a challenging and important event for the network and we look forward to your contribution on the night.

Tues 28th Sept: The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo: 7.30 to 9.30pm