Take a seat in the life lounge
  • Thursday 25 June 2009

Using scavenged items from the tip to create a mock home, council’s life lounge display at the world environment day festival, shows how to reduce carbon emissions at the household level.

Kettles, toilets, letterboxes, bins and fridges are just some of the items that will make up council’s life lounge display at the world environment day festival, 28 June at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The realistic display features both the inside and outside of an average home.

Stepping into the house festival goers can expect to see what appliances and actions make a difference to the household carbon footprint, while the garden demonstrates, among other things, the benefit of native planting and the link between drains, plugholes and healthy waterways.

Council’s living smart coordinator Joanna Ferris said that 99% of the materials used in the display were sourced from tip shops. It demonstrates beautifully the notion of waste as a resource.

“Festival goers will find information on how particular items make a difference to consumption within the home,” Ms Ferris said

“On the fridge, for example an uncommonly known fact is that, cooling a 2L drink bottle that has warmed up to room temperature generates ten times as much greenhouse gas than opening the fridge door!

“The life lounge is a bold display that people can really connect with. Knowing how little things we do really can make a difference. For example just recycling one aluminium can you save enough energy to power a TV for three hours, it really shows that you don’t need to spend lots of money to make a difference.

“This mirrors the whole ethos of council’s living smart program; little inexpensive changes make a big difference. The best bit is that most of the things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint, save us money, it’s a complete win-win situation.

Joanna Ferris will join conservation and environment teams from across council in the life lounge, ready to answer questions and provide a real interactive learning experience.

Festival goers can look forward to a great free family day out with music from the Tijuana Cartel and Jambezi, a wide range of food, displays, a youth program, craft stalls and of course environmental information.

For more information on the world environment day festival or council’s living smart program visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au