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Thursday August 3, 2017

Making Wellington more sustainable one step at a time By Emma McAuliffe

A Berhampore resident won an Absolutely Positively Wellington award in June for her work towards seeing Wellington become the coolest little sustainable capital in the world. Laurie Foon is an instigator helping businesses in Wellington become more sustainable. Laurie started Starfish Clothing in 1993 and later closed the business, becoming the Sustainable Business Network regional co-ordinater for Wellington and working on B-Sides, where she and others interview people to find out what makes them tick.

Laurie Foon won an award for her work with the Sustainable Business Network. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

She is currently part of a team bringing the Good Food Boost, Fairtrade Fortnight and a third Waste Free workshop to Wellington. Laurie said she was humbled to receive the Absolutely Positively accolade in early June as she saw her work as being a team effort. “I think there is a tendency for Kiwis to go ‘oh me?’,“ she said. “I was very thankful because a good friend of mine did this nomination while she was up in the middle of the night breast feeding. “There is always a time to do something for someone like that. It’s humbling and encouraging. “It really made me proud of what I’m doing.” Laurie said one of the important things for her was B-Side stories, which she started doing shortly after then Prime Minister John Key, called Wellington a dying city. “I thought, I don’t believe Wellington is dead - I’m actually going to talk to people doing great things. “At the time Wellington felt very disconnected and glum and I feel like I almost needed to connect it. It’s everyone that takes action. “We’ve had over 26,000 listens and interviewed over 316 people looking to talk about Wellington in a very positive way. “I look at all these people doing such great things,” she said.

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