Ep.3: Recycle, Refurb, Reuse – Can Sustainability Save Us $$$?
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Ep.3: Recycle, Refurb, Reuse – Can Sustainability Save Us $$$?

Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass

26/03/2021 • 2 minute read

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Episode summary

Over 2018-19 Aussies generated a whopping 76 million tonnes of waste. How Australia deals with its trash has become one of the biggest sustainability issues of today. Yet when we hear the word ‘sustainability’ we tend to think of boujee brands with beautiful instagrams and crazy price tags. Can the rise of recycling, refurbishing, and reusing put those perceptions to bed and actually save us $$$? The Oiyo team sits down with Clean Up Australia’s Pip Kiernan, and Matt O’Connor, Founder of Frank Mobile, to sift through the rubbish.

Credits: This episode has been produced by Katie Douglass with help from Kellies Amos. Edited by Kellie Amos with help from Angelica Silva, graphics by Gabriel Mendoza and David Tran.


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About our guests

Pip Kiernan

Pip Kiernan is the Chairman of Clean Up Australia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to environmental conservation.

Founded in 1989 by Pip’s father, Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia is the nation’s largest community-based environmental event. Since its inception, more than 18 million Aussies have participated in Clean Up Australia Day and collected more than 380,000 ute loads of rubbish.

To find out more about Clean Up Australia, head to their website.

Connect with Pip on Linkedin.

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Matt O’Connor

Matt O’Connor is a Brisbane-based entrepreneur and the founder of Frank Mobile, an online platform that sells premium refurbished iPhones in Australia.

To find out more about Frank Mobile, head to their website.

Connect with Matt on Linkedin.

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Katie Douglass

Written by Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass is the Communications Manager at Oiyo and a writer. In recent years, Katie's work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, InStyle, and THE ICONIC. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Fashion Communication & Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. At Oiyo, Katie is responsible for overseeing editorial strategy.

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