We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong people as Traditional Owners of this land. We would also like to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present and future.
At Ripple Effect Gifts, we are dedicated to walking lightly on this beautiful earth of ours and to minimise the demand we make on the natural resources. We were horrified recently to see this report on the BBC news website.
We are only too aware that in Australia there are many industries which consume more than the earth can provide. Our belief is that we are simply the caretakers of the land for future generations. We at Ripple Effect Gifts choose to live in harmony with nature and all living creatures. We source our products ethically and support local, small businesses.
Our philosophy is that we can all make a difference, no matter how small we believe that action to be.
One of our favourite poems is by the super talented R. e. Taylor
Ripples In A Pond
A small stone Tossed by a child in a still pond The water splashes Ripples move outward touching the shore The rock falls to the bottom It joins a million others just like it The water smoothes to what it was Did the child change the pond? Did the stone make any difference? Is everything just as it was before? Even the smallest thing can make a change That pond will never be exactly the same Even if they cannot be seen there are changes The water is a little bit deeper There is a new piece of stone to join the others Even the fish have less area to swim Absolutely nothing is the same If a single stone can change an entire ecosystem What do you think a single idea could do Once it makes its own ripples
Our Business & Personal Philosophy:
Recycle: We make it a game in our business and family to see can produce the least amount of rubbish. It’s surprisingly fun. And competitive!
Lead by example: We share our ideas with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and the community. We express our love and respect for the earth and act on that respect.
Local Produce: We believe that by supporting local businesses we are not only putting money back into the local economy, we are also using fewer resources. We take serious pride in knowing the provenance of all of our products.
Travel: As a business, use the most ecologically sound delivery systems possible. And as individuals we leave the car at home whenever possible. I’d love to report that we literally get on our bikes, but the Bellarine is very hilly. What can I say?! My son rides his bike to school, so I let him tick that particular box for the family!
Water: We are mindful about the water we use. Taps are never left running, we use grey water on our lawns and (much to the disgust of my children), showers are short!
No more disposables: Plastic bags, straws, coffee cups etc are not necessary, there are other, more environmentally friendly options. A plastic bag can take 1000 years to degrade.
What do you do to show your love for our planet? For further ideas, see the infographic below.
We wish you a happy and sunny day.