Ms Nakita Lewasau Bingham-Irvin, emerging entrepreneur and Director of Tasty Island Treats and the creative mind behind the Tasty Kitchen Collective.

The interview with Nakita discusses her green business ideas and also delves into the obstacles new women entrepreneurs have to overcome. She says, “The regulatory system sucks, is prohibitive and is discouraging for starting a business for any given normal person! Fiji is ranked 101 out of 190 in terms of ease of doing business. It’s easier to do business in Samoa and Tonga. I face a lot of sexism and ageism too. People assume I am a lot younger than I am and make sexist judgments based off my appearance.”  Read the full interview.

FRIEND releases new organic products

The Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) launched a number of new organic products in the market from organically certified farms in Ra and Seaqaqa.

The products include superfoods like moringa powder, neem and pawpaw leaf powder, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves. They also released an organic breadfruit flour.

The new products also include three new organic teas: lemon leaf, lemon grass & ginger and moringa tea.

All these products are certified under the Organic Pacifika mark Participatory Guarantee System.

Read more here.

Electric vehicles to be produced in Fiji.

Rokola, a Fiji company involved in a number of start-up projects with sustainability at their core, is in the process of setting up Electric powered vehicles manufacturing in Fiji. The Directors of Rokola feel that with Climate Change and pollution being a major topic when it comes to manufacturing products or operating a business, the introduction of Electric and Solar Powered Transport is a priority to help reverse the damage being caused to our atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. For this reason Rokola will be manufacturing a number of electric vehicles for the local market including cars, bikes, delivery vehicles and off-road all terrain vehicles for work or weekend fun. Read more.

Tools


PECX

The Pacific Environment and Climate Exchange is an innovation and finance hub connecting project ideas in the Pacific islands with financing from around the globe.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Businesses everywhere are introducing CSR frameworks as a measure for giving back to the community of customers that makes their business viable.

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Green Initiatives

Businesses everywhere are taking action to make their activities greener… friendlier to people and environment. The initiatives  profiled here are meant to inspire similar action.

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“How to” Guides

Businesses want to become greener. But how do they do so? With these guides you can start tomorrow taking steps to transition to a green business while making more profit.

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Resources

We are not alone with this vision of greening business. There are resources being developed around the world that can help us in our own transition to a greener business model.

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Financial Support

Going green brings savings; thus it makes long-term financial sense. However if you need financial support to set you on the right track, see some options for your business.

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Sectors


Blue Economy

Large ocean nations like ours in the Pacific need to start looking at themselves as Blue Economies. We need to maximise returns from the blue economy while ensuring adherence to sustainability principles.

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Renewable Energy

Energy is an important, at times considerable, component of the expenses of any business. Turning to renewables would benefit both the environment and the bottom line of any business.

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Green Packaging

Our lands and seas have become clogged with plastic and other litter derived from bags and packaging materials. Businesses need to take the lead and start the transition to greener biodegradable packaging.

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Agriculture

The organic movement is addressing the world’s reliance on chemicals to grow our plants and vegetables, shifting to greener production with benefits to the environment and our health.

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Tourism

Tourists come to the Pacific to enjoy our pristine environment. We need to ensure tourism contributes to the environment to protect the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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Transport

Transport is another important component of business expense. Bringing sustainability in your transport needs is good for the planet and your bottom line.

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The Pacific Green Business Centre


The Private Sector and SDGs

The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.

SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.