Tim Webster, Printer Cartridges and Toyota
Ten years ago when Planet Ark launched the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program, Tim Webster fronted the campaign - a role he reprised again this year. Now as we approach National Tree Day, Aware talks to Tim about the environment, Tree Day and his friends at Toyota.
How did you get involved in Tree Day?
My friends at Toyota were the original catalyst for my involvement in Tree Day, but I'm an environmentalist in my own way. We've been recyclers for a very long time, I've planted hundreds of trees – mainly natives – at my two, five-acre properties in Annangrove and Kenthurst over the past 20 years or so. I think it's vitally important that as we deal with the housing issue in Australia, especially in Sydney, we make sure there's plenty of tree-lined parkland.
What if your favourite ‘tree memory’?
My favourite outdoor memory as a kid was 'in a tree', a Mulberry tree in my mate’s backyard. We used to sit in it for hours. I'd collect the berries for my Mum to make Mulberry Pie (yum) and eat a few kilos in the process.
What do you do to reduce your impact on the environment?
I have driven a Prius since generation two of the great Toyota breakthrough. I love the incredible technology in the car, the fuel economy, and the reduction in emissions. Since my first Prius to the current model, Toyota have out-done themselves. I have a worm-farm, grey and black water recycling and irrigation system at home. We use Orange Power cleaning products and phosphate-free washing powder. You do what you can.
What will you be doing this Tree Day?
I’ll be getting involved with planting activities organised by the local Castle Hill Toyota and Hills Shire Council. The best part of the day is watching the kids having fun and getting into respecting the environment early in their lives.