Creative Ways to Win the War on Waste

We absolutely love hearing about the creative ways that people use some of our ‘waste’ items. As a business committed to sustainability, it’s a relief to us to know that people can use some of the items that would otherwise have to go in the bin.

Some of the items that we give away rather than put into waste include:

  • Small plastic buckets
  • Egg cartons
  • Bottle lids
  • Vege scraps
  • Used coffee grounds

So, what do people do with this stuff? Check out some of these ideas…

On the Farm

Splitters Farm take kitchen scraps and fruit pulp to feed their rescue pigs and chickens. They also take small buckets for general use around the farm such as storing seeds and portioning out feed for the animals. Visitors even use the buckets to collect eggs on the weekend tours. Carly says she loves the sense of community created by working with other businesses to reduce waste along with the social aspect of coming to town to collect the bins.

At School

We have several schools, kindies and day care centres who use our buckets to store loose bits and pieces such as buttons, beads and eye balls used for art and craft. The egg cartons get cut up and made into everything from tiny seed planters to rocket ships. One person even takes our bottle lids as they make great learning aids for tasks such as counting and probability.

On the Worksite

We are told our buckets are the perfect sizes for tradies who need to keep small amounts of excess paint, fibreglass and oil.

In the Garden

We have several people who take our used coffee grounds to add to their compost or directly to the soil. Apparently worms love it and if the worms are happy then it’s a good sign the soil is packed with nutrients. Our buckets also get used for small pot plants. They are the perfect size to start seedlings off until they are ready for transplanting.

Fundraising

Some groups use the buckets for raffles. They are especially handy when you need several containers for multiple draws.

…and Something a Bit Unusual

One of our ‘bucket beneficiaries’ uses them in their coral collecting business. They are much stronger than the single-use ones used by many in that industry and having something that can be reused is obviously much more sustainable.

What Can You Use?

If there is something you can use and help us to minimise waste in the process, please feel welcome to get in touch so we can let you know what’s available. We’d love to have you on board as part of the movement towards a more sustainable way of doing business.


READ – How we have reduced our waste to landfill by two whole industrial bins per week!

READ – 13 Ways to use Old Coffee Grounds

READ – More about out War on Waste!

WATCH – Come along with us as we visit some our suppliers and surprise them with some of our delicious, house-made gelato – made using their very own produce.

Collaborate…. The Best Way to Help a Mate

We love to collaborate with other hospitality businesses and events to help each other out whenever we can. It’s better for our business, their business and the whole community.

Here’s how we have worked with a few of our friends lately…

Our Christmas Party

When we had our last staff Christmas party, some amazing people from other cafes actually came and worked at Alowishus. These incredibly selfless people were Zac from Oodies, Bec from Water Street Kitchen and Kylie from Eleven Acres. We absolutely loved and appreciated this gesture because it meant that most of our team could enjoy some social time together.

Our Gelato

Love our gelato? We also supply it to HSG at the Gardens (and previously Penny Lane under the former owners). We even supply Gelato in the summer and Hot Soup in the winter to Bella Donna Hair & Makeup. They surprise and delight their clients with a sweet treat or hearty soup. Oops! The cats out of the bag now.

We love this relationship not only because it is a compliment to our product, but it is an easy way for another café to expand their range without reinventing the wheel gelato.

Great Neighbours

We have an excellent relationship with our neighbours at Nourish Café. It is a pleasure working together to make our little arcade a thriving friendly hub where people can enjoy conversation, coffee and fresh delicious food. We also combine to promote Cafesmart, an annual initiative to raise funds for the homeless.

Good Coffee – The Lifeblood of Every Café

No matter what else you do, when you run a café you simply MUST make a good coffee. When Cuppatime Café in North Bundaberg reached out to us, one of our hotshot baristas, Brendan, visited for a few hours and helped their team refine some skills to ensure that Cuppatime was producing the best coffee possible.

Community Events

Our staff have worked on site at various events including business conferences and trade expos at venues such as the Multiplex and Citicoast Church. We also recently supplied staff members to assist Sunrise Rotary in their marquee at Oceanfest. It went so well, we are joining forces again in 2020 to do something even bigger and better.

These event collaborations are a fantastic way to connect with the community away from our café and it’s also satisfying to contribute to having better events in the region.

Collaborate and Always Go for the Win/Win

Here at Alowishus we think that success is way more fun when you can help others have a win at the same time. Go find a mate, and collaborate!


Read more about how we support the Bundaberg and Maryborough communities here.

Learn more about CafeSmart here.

Watch our visit to local supplier Tinaberries below.

Must-Know Tips To Make Your All-Day Meeting Super Productive

Bundaberg yoga and wellness coach Carmen Lee-Schneider spoke with Alowishus Catering, giving insight on how to boost productivity and keep energy levels high at meetings, workshops, trainings and other events.

4 Types Of Foods You Should Avoid Bringing To Meetings

Carmen said certain foods should be steered clear of in order to boost work productivity, and these foods include:

• Gluten – Pastas and breads have a plethora of gluten in them, and even though you get full faster, it doesn’t make employees feel like working. After all, while the body is processing these foods, it makes them feel sluggish and out of energy.

• Donuts, Pastries, Muffins, etc premarin price. – If you’re going to have an all-day meeting, these foods are loaded with sugar and can lead to a sugar crash later.

• Sugar, Lots of Sugar – While you’ll get a great energy rush when you first eat foods with sugar, they eventually cause a crash making you feel exhausted. Artificial sweeteners aren’t any better.

• Processed/Unpronounceable Foods – If you can’t pronounce a food, it’s probably processed and should be avoided.

4 Kinds Of Foods To Have At Meetings

According to Carmen, there are several primary foods that should be incorporated into any event planning in order for a successful day. Such foods include:

• Fresh Vegetables

• Fresh Fruit – Go organic to ensure fruits haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Choose fruits that don’t have a peel or skin.

• Proteins – Go with organic or grass-fed meats as well as cage-free eggs.

• Healthy Fats – Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, olive oil, almond oil etc.

What Breakfast Foods Should Be Offered At Your Next Meeting

When it comes to breakfast foods, there is one key food to offer your employees – eggs. Why is that? Eggs are ideal for boosting your employees’ brain power. All kinds of foods can be included in your eggs to give them more flavor and taste including but not limited to: avocado, asparagus, olive oil, salsa and spinach.

You can also include certain grains to ensure long-lasting energy bursts, which is where oatmeal comes in handy.

What Lunch Foods Should Be Offered At A Corporate Meeting

There are all kinds of healthy proteins you can serve during lunch, although chicken is regarded as the most popular. If there are vegetarians in your office, an alternative to meat protein are beans.

Along with the meat, have vegetables and salad on hand along with healthy fats such as any kind of nut, avocado, etc.

Carmen’s preferred lunch generally includes a salad with either beef or chicken, almonds or walnuts, olive oil lemon dressing and vegetables. Another one of her recommendations include beef or chicken with sweet potato and vegetables.

What Are The Best Snacks and Foods For That All-Day Corporate Event?

When you’ve got a meeting, workshop or conference going on all-day long, it’s important to provide a healthy meal. The snacks you serve between the mealtimes are going to be important to ensure employees and attendees have a plethora of energy for productiveness. Some brain-boosting powerful snacks to include for the meeting are:

• Almonds
• Fruit trays
• Vegetables with Hummus Dip
• Dark chocolate

More Helpful Tips To Ensure A Productive Meeting

Although the right foods can help with how you feel every day, there are a number of other factors that need to be considered when you plan an all-day conference or meeting.

• Environment – If the conference is being held in a dark room that offers no natural light, people are going to feel lethargic and out of energy. This kind of atmosphere is not conducive for productivity. If you can’t brighten the space up, add in light-colored linens and flowers for a bright touch. You might want to hold the meeting, or part of the meeting outdoors which stimulates creativity and increases energy levels.

• Breaks – A meeting that is going to last all day is going to need breaks incorporated in them. A 10-minute break every 90 to 120 minutes will suffice the group. Make sure to energise the attendees with music – even half a song between sessions will get them to feel productive once more.

9 Important Tips To Help You Carry Out A Successful Meeting/Training

Corporate meetings and trainings can be particularly stressful; but, imagine if you’re the one planning them, especially if you’ve never done it before. You may feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Stop! The planning of these events doesn’t have to be so intimidating.

With a little help, you can ensure that the corporate meeting/training you’ve put together will go off with little to no hitch – ensuring productivity for everyone involved.

9 Tips To Help You Effectively Plan Your Corporate Meetings/Trainings

When it comes to setting the corporate meeting space up, there are nine things you need to remember in order for the meeting/training to be a positive experience.

1. Arrange The Space

If you’re going to use speakers or projector, you want everybody to be able to hear or see your presentation. If a limited number can see and hear you, then how effective is the meeting going to be? Have someone help you with sound checks in order to ensure the speakers are working, and have them stand at the back of the room to determine if they can see the information on the projector.

2. Learn The Technology You’ll Be Using

If you’re going to use equipment you’ve rarely or never used before, it’s a good idea to give yourself a brief lesson on how they work. When setting up the technology, be sure it’s plugged in, has new batteries, etc.

3. Adjusting The Temperature

Ensure the temperature of the space is adjusted so people feel comfortable and will want to listen. During the cold weather, turn up the heat to a temperature people will feel comfortable with. During hot weather, you want to have fans or the air conditioning unit going so people don’t get too hot. If you feel the space it too cold or hot, your attendees will feel that way too.

4. Lay Out The Seating and Tables

Be sure the space has enough chairs/tables for your attendees find more. You don’t want your guests to have to stand because you didn’t have enough chairs. Be sure there’s space between each person – overcrowding makes things uncomfortable for everybody.

5. Bring In Power Strips For Their Electronics

Be sure you give your attendees wall outlet access or provide them with power strips to plug their devices in – tablets, computers, cell phones, etc. This will help boost the productivity and collaboration of the meeting/training. Do you really want people to have battery problems while you’re mentioning something important?

6. Get Copies Of Meeting Documents

If you’re going to present information to your attendees, consider copying the documents for them to look at for themselves. You can give the information via email so they can look at it on their devices or print and hand it out during the meeting.

7. Offer Pens and Paper For Note Taking

Many people still like the idea of taking notes – and if they’re not a fast typer – they may be a fast writer. Offer your attendees pen and paper to take notes. You want to be sure that everybody is productive.

8. Offer Coffee, Tea and/or Water

In order for attendees to stay productive and awake during the meeting/training, make sure offer beverages such as coffee, tea and/or water so they stay hydrated.

9. Make Time For Meal/Snack Breaks

Your brain is going to need food in order to function properly during a meeting – your attendees are the same way. Therefore, be sure you offer snacks and schedule in breaks/lunchtime so they can stop their growling stomach, maintain high energy levels and keep their brains functioning on full power mode. By doing this, they’re going to feel taken care of and want to be involved with the meeting process. If you are looking for a corporate caterer in Bundaberg we would love to be of help. Have your complimentary catering sample selection delivered to your office. Order your FREE ample pack now.