You’ve made it past lunch, so it’s time to put the tools down, crack open a cold one and chuck the feet up. While you admire another week of hard yakka, we’ve put together a list of all the vibe-worthy news to lift your spirits even higher. Strap in for the latest edition of Feel-Good Friday.
Australia’s Best Restaurants Come Together for a Good Cause
You may have heard of the Bestest Foundation, which is known for its fundraising dinners that raise money to help sick kids by having over 20 of Sydney’s best chefs come together to cook for donors. If you missed out on attending the annual Bestest Foundation dinner and would still like to support an important cause, you can now purchase raffle tickets to go into the draw to win ‘A Year of Indulgence’ – a total of 17 vouchers from the restaurants who cooked at the dinner, to be enjoyed over the next year. That’s an incredible year of eating- more than one dinner or lunch per month at some of Australia’s most exciting restaurants. Participating venues include Shell House, Margaret, Firedoor, Mr Wong, Aria, Tetsuya’s, Nel, A’Mare, Nobu Sydney, Otto Sydney, Chiswick and many others. The raffle will run through to December 19, with the winner announced on December 20. Tickets are now available via this link.
Spotify Launches Audiobooks in Australia
Spotify users in Australia and the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand will be able to purchase and listen to a catalogue of more than 300,000 audiobook titles, with an ever-evolving user interface to help more people across the world connect with their next favourite music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Australian users can now easily find audiobooks on Spotify alongside music and podcasts as a section in their library, in search, and in their recommendations on Home. Books will be available for a one-time purchase, and users can preview the content for free before purchasing. The audiobook library includes Australian titles such as “The Other Side of Beautiful,” “The Boy from Boomerang Crescent,” “The Dry,” Boy Swallows Universe,” and “Growing Up Queer in Australia”.
Heineken Releases New ‘Work Responsibly’ Research on Aussie Working Culture
When it comes to workplace culture, new research from Heineken reveals 4-in-5 of Aussies workers (86 per cent) cancel or delay personal plans due to working late. In celebration of this week’s ‘National Go Home On Time Day’ on Wednesday 23rd November, Heineken is calling on all Aussies to embrace the work-life balance trends of Gen Z and “work responsibly” as we dash to the end of year finish line.
To help encourage Aussie workers to adopt a more Gen-Z approach to work, Heineken has partnered with career coach, Amie Duigan and zillennial entrepreneur, Alyce Tran, to encourage Aussies to embrace Gen Z’s work-life balance through a series of free online “work responsibily” masterclasses aimed to motivate and inspire better personal workplace behaviors in the lead up to the social season. The virtual Master Class is open to the public and being run free of charge. To register, sign up here.
IKEA Launches New Sustainable Living Shop
IKEA Australia is aiming to help customers live more sustainably and as a result, potentially make savings on their household expenses, with the launch of its Australian-first Sustainable Living Shop.
The Sustainable Living Shop is a new shop within a shop format rolling out across all 10 IKEA stores nationwide by early 2023. It is a dedicated section of the store where customers can find products designed to help reduce their climate footprint at home by using less energy and creating less waste, while potentially saving them money longer term; like the SOLHETTA LED light bulb which lasts 25,000 hours meaning it only needs to be replaced every 20 years (when used 3 hours/day) and is 35% more energy efficient on average than previous IKEA LED bulbs.
The introduction of this new offering comes at a time of increasing cost-of-living pressures. Despite some of the cost saving benefits associated with habits such as energy saving lightbulbs, or reducing food waste, a recent survey* conducted by IKEA Australia revealed over half of Aussies (52%) believe living sustainably would increase their cost of living. The research also revealed that 60% of Aussies think they should adopt more sustainable practices in their home, however over a third are holding back from making their home more sustainable due to cost. So how much is the price for adopting sustainable habits in the home? Aussies say they would have to see an average return on investment of $55 per week to consider being more sustainable.
The survey was conducted as part of IKEA Australia’s annual Sustainability Report, which has also been released this week. The report outlines IKEA Australia’s sustainability initiatives and achievements from the past 12 months, as well as goals for the future. It also includes suggestions and inspiration of IKEA products to help Aussies live more sustainably. The report is available to read now on the IKEA website.
Free Burgers at New Manly Oporto this Saturday
Is there anything better than a free burger? Well, Oporto has opened a new store in Manly and is giving away 500 FREE Double Bondi Burgers this Saturday to celebrate. It’s first come, first served, so all Sydney-siders need to do is visit the new beach-front store for their chance to nab a free feed.
Championing a Better Future for All
Global lifestyle sportswear brand, Champion, and Australian social enterprise, HoMie, have joined forces with BETA By STH BNK’s Future From Waste Lab to curate a purpose-led collection through HoMie’s circular sub brand, REBORN. The REBORN by HoMie x Champion x BETA By STH BNK’s Future From Waste Lab capsule will hero 50 one-of- a-kind pieces, including genderless hoodies and tees, developed by repurposing excess and faulty garments from Champion. The highly anticipated collaboration is a first of its kind, featuring revolutionary NFC tags with digital technology that allows consumers to scan and view a mini documentary (above) about the positive social and environmental impact of the collaboration. Best of all, 100% of the profits from the collection will go directly towards HoMie’s mission, to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
Celebrate the First Day of Summer with Free Aperol Spritz Sorbet at Gigi’s Gelato
Yarraville’s Gigi’s Gelato, which specialises in authentic Italian gelato, is offering a complimentary scoop of Aperol Spritz sorbet to the first 100 people to arrive in-store on December 1 from 7pm. The delicious giveaway is set to transport customers to Italy’s Veneto region on the night. Don’t stress if you can’t make it on the day, the new Aperol Spritz sorbet will be available in-store every week for the next month.