Green Lifestyle Awards – Olivia Newton-John in the Hall of Fame

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The Green Lifestyle Awards 2013 recognise eco-leaders, including Olivia Newton-John who is inducted into the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame.

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Olivia Newton-John was recognised as a leader in the sustainability field at the second annual Green Lifestyle Awards 2013, held in Sydney last night.

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Editor of Green Lifestyle, Lesley Lopes, presents the award for 'Beauty – Product' to Marion O'Leary from Mokosh. Tanya Ha and Jon Dee are in the background.

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Jon Dee and Tanya Ha give the Green Lifestyle Award for 'Fashion – Product' to Sean Watson from Pure Pod.

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The 2013 Green Lifestyle Awards were held last night at Sun Studios, Alexandria.

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Aymeric Maudous from EcoXpo with his lucky door prize of a new SodaStream Source, and Michelle Darlington from Seed It Up with her Green Lifestyle Award for 'Garden – company'.

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The crew who put together the Green Lifestyle Awards, from left to right: Caitlin Howlett, Deputy & Online Editor; Lynette Rochford, Group Advertising Manager Lifestyle Magazines; Tatyana Kovalyov, Advertising Sales Manager; Jon Dee, co-founder of Planet Ark & chairman of DoSomething!; Lesley Lopes, Editor; Tanya Ha, science journalist & sustainable living advocate; and Gail Kendrick, Art Director.

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The winners and highly commended in each category are listed here and are also featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Green Lifestyle, on sale 18 October.

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Green Lifestyle magazine’s second annual Green Lifestyle Awards 2013 were held in Sydney last night, recognising over 50 leading companies and personalities in the green industry.

Among them was singer and long-time champion of environmental issues, Olivia Newton-John, who was inducted into the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame. Bob Brown, former Greens leader and last year’s Hall of Fame inductee, graciously handed on the honour to Olivia for bringing awareness to such issues as unethical fishing practices, the clear-fell logging of Tasmanian forests and the potential dangers of coal seam gas mining.

Olivia, who is currently overseas, sent a video acceptance speech. “I’d like to say how very honoured I am to receive the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame Award,” she said. “It was totally unexpected and I’m very honoured to receive it. I’d like to send my congratulations to all the nominees who have done wonderful things for the environment. I really believe that each one of us can make a difference – as all of you have.” The video is now available on the Green Lifestyle website and the Green Lifestyle Awards site.

In a message for the awards presentation, Brown commended Olivia for her efforts. “It was in the Styx Valley of the Giants, which has the tallest flowering trees on Earth, that I met our inspiring Australian eco-patriot, Olivia Newton-John, who was also there campaigning for a national park and World Heritage listing. So, my thanks to Green Lifestyle and congratulations to Olivia as she enters the Green Lifestyle Awards Hall of Fame. So well deserved!"

Environmental campaigner and founder of DoSomething!, Jon Dee co-hosted the awards ceremony last night with sustainable living advocate and science journalist Tanya Ha. In commending Newton-John for her environmental efforts, Dee recalled her campaign to stop unethical fishing practices in Japan that were killing dolphins. "That was a bit of a trigger for me and my environmental awakening," he said.

"Olivia spoke out when it wasn’t fashionable to speak out on environmental issues... If we didn’t have Olivia going around on A Current Affair standing on tree stumps in the Styx Valley in Tasmania, I believe we’d have most much more of it to clear-fell logging."

Reflecting on the last year’s achievements and happenings, Brown says, “My last year began with the wonderful surprise of the Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame Award and has been full of excitement. I led Sea Shepherd's successful campaign visit to the Kimberley coast to ward off a mega gas factory. I have become Patron of the feisty Save the Tarkine campaign. And how about World Heritage listing for Tasmania's tall forests, even though the Abbott government now wants logging back!”

Around 100 people attended the awards presentation at Sun Studios in Alexandria. These included many of the winners and highly commended in 30 categories covering food, fashion, beauty, garden, home, kids, wellbeing, travel, transport, online and business.

The editor of Green Lifestyle magazine, Lesley Lopes, said, “We started the Green Lifestyle Awards to recognise dedication on the part of individuals, companies and non-government organisations in contributing to a more sustainable Australia. It seems more and more of you are making conscious decisions about the things you buy and where you find information about all things green as we had twice as many nominations as for our inaugural awards last year.”

The winners and highly commended in each category are listed here and are also featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Green Lifestyle, on sale 18 October.

Flick through the photos on this page by clicking the arrow on the upper right hand side of the images. For more photos from the night, visit the Green Lifestyle magazine Flickr page.

The Green Lifestyle Awards would not have been possible without the help of the major sponsors:
Fuente, Probiotic Solutions, ecostore, and Community First Credit Union.

Green Lifestyle magazine would also like to give thanks to the sponsors of the night, including: Grace Elliot music, Mountain Goat Beer, Krinklewood biodynamic wines, Iku Wholefoods, Emma&Tom's jucies, SodaStream, Gazelle electric bicycles, ecostore, Weleda, Probiotic Solutions, The Jojoba Company, Alter Eco chocolate, Pic's Really Good Peanut Butter, Natures Organics, and the venue, Sun Studios in Alexandria.