Hello Sunshine! Unique’s Solar Powered.

BEING JUST AS PASSIONATE ABOUT PROTECTING OUR PLANET, AS WE ARE ABOUT PROVIDING PRODUCTS THAT AUSTRALIANS LOVE, WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE GONE EVEN GREENER AND BECOME A SOLAR POWERED BUSINESS.

Unique Health Products’ state-of-the-art warehouse is now equipped with
solar power.

Within a couple of days, the good men at Todae Solar covered almost the entire roof of our dispatch warehouse with solar panels.

We’re now powered by 114 solar panels!

The solar panels will greatly reduce our carbon footprint. The system generates 33KWH, which is enough to power our entire dispatch warehouse off grid (where most of our power is used).

Further to being solar powered, Unique participates in and encourages all 135 staff members to follow green work place initiatives which include recycling and reusing, stocking all bathrooms with 100% recycled toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap, printing with vegetable ink and sustainable paper + more!

Did you know?
The sun provides more energy to the earth in an hour than is produced by all nations in a year.

If you’d like to discover more about our team and our unique culture, take a
look here.

The Unique Tribe Celebration

UNIQUE’S CHIEF (A.K.A OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR DALE) THREW A GREAT TRIBAL THEMED PARTY FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM LAST WEEK!

The wild hullabaloo was to celebrate the awesome and super busy year we’ve had together so far. With thousands and thousands of consignments leaving our warehouse month after month, every team member works hard to keep Unique delivering top quality natural, organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade products to all of our retailers across Australia.

We only continue to grow and place an integral importance on keeping our ethos and environment lively, happy and healthy for all Uniquers, as well as our wonderful suppliers and retailers.

Dale being the humble leader of the tribe, is always looking for ways to show his appreciation to the Unique team and boy was this one awesome way to thank us all.

The entire common area was decorated with streamers, posters, plants and all sorts of tribal nick knacks.

Unique Tribe

Everyone was invited to get into the spirit as a team and dress in a tribal costume, with family passes to Australia Zoo and numerous other prizes going to best-dressed. From elaborate headdresses, talking sticks and colourful wild bird wings,
to handmade animal masks and tribal face paint, it was a hard choice to select
best-dressed.

The dispatch and picking teams went really ‘Unique tribal’ crafting costumes completely made from our packaging alone.

Unique Tribe

To fill the tribe, we were lucky enough to have a local, talented chef cater with a huge vegan spread prepared for the team using lots of our supplier’s
tasty products.

Unique Tribe

Throughout the event we mingled as a tribe and played fun games as a full team. Lots of prizes were given away, including CLIF Bars and Alter Eco chocolate and lots of smiles were seen all round. It was a celebration well done, the Unique way! What an incredible team to be apart of!

Find all the photos from the day on Unique’s Facebook page.

The Naturally Good Expo Exceeds Expectations

ONLY IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO WAS YET AGAIN AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!

Over 3,000 people flocked to Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries to attend Australia’s largest business event for the natural products industry on 1-2 May, 2016.

It brought the latest innovations in natural, organic and healthy products, plus industry experts together to reveal what’s to come in the industry.

Occupying one of the largest stands at the event, Unique was so incredibly proud to have the space to showcase such a huge array of amazing products from hundreds of our brands including CLIF Bar, 2die4 Live Foods,  Andalou Naturals, Acure Organics, Alter Eco, Amazing OilsBragg, Blue Dinosaur, Bounce,  Cellfood, Chimes, Comvita, Dr Organic, Dr SuperfoodsEast Bali Cashews, Epic,  Eco Teas, Eden Health Foods, Extraordinary FoodsFood Matters, Gimme, Giovanni, Hope’s ReliefKombucha Max, Monica’s Mixes, My Magic MudNatracareNakula, Natural EvolutionNecta, NTS Health, Protein Supplies Australia, Power Super Foods, ProTingsPure Sports NutritionSchmidt’s, SilvercareSpreyton Fresh,  Teff Tribe, The Chocolate Yogi, Wholesome Chow, Wotnot, Yogi Tea, Zen Matcha Green Tea and lots more!

This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.

For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!

 

Mark it in your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!

You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.

Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

A Day with James Aspey

PASSIONATE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, JAMES ASPEY, IS AN AUSTRALIAN INSPIRATION TO THOUSANDS.

With over 5,000 Facebook followers, 25,000 Instagram followers, featured stories on high traffic websites like Brussels Vegan and almost 34,000 views on his top YouTube video (Breaking My 365 Day Vow of Silence On Live TV), he certainly has a strong following.

James gained mass attention as an animal rights activist after his first large campaign Voiceless 365, where he didn’t speak for an entire year to spread awareness on animal rights.

When Dale, Unique’s Managing Director, announced that James Aspey was coming to visit Unique to personally share his story, the team were thrilled to meet him and hear him speak.

The thing about James is, his videos present him as a down to earth man, who’s passionate about spreading his message on animal rights and when we met James, he was just that; passionate and down to earth.

When James arrived, he toured the warehouses and met with every staff member, using his humour as though we were all old-time friends. It’s easy to say that he quickly got ‘adopted’ into the Unique ‘family’ and aligned seamlessly with our Unique culture.

His main message was clear from the beginning; he was here to share his story and inspire those he shared it with, to do better.

James quoted, “When we know better, we do better”.

He spoke clearly and fluidly, expressing every word with emotion and meaning,
plus a good dose of humour. He had the whole room’s undivided attention from start to finish.

The story began with seventeen-year-old James, who was fighting a hard battle with lymphoma and leukemia.
“I’d never suffered like this before” James told us.

After three years of chemotherapy, he was lucky enough to overcome the cancer and go on to better his health. With the help of a personal trainer, James lost the 25 kilos he’d gained during his cancer treatment and rediscovered his love for life. James didn’t stop here, but vowed to help others better their health, working as a personal trainer on cruise ships.

The story went on to explain James’s transition to a vegan lifestyle.

He spoke of his turning point. The moment he met an inspiring man on one of the cruises he worked on. James described the man as ‘Budda-like’ and spoke with the man everyday for two weeks. On the last day of the cruise, the man told James “Eating animals is bad karma”. This statement really resonated with James and encouraged him at first to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. He also began actively partaking in meditation and learning from documentaries like “Earthlings” and “Food, Inc.”.

What came next was James’s studies in animal rights and finally his active campaigns for animals which James referred to as ‘the voiceless’.

James spoke of his first few days of being vegetarian, “three days in, I had increased energy”, he explained.

And he shared with us the four main reasons that humans consume any animal products; taste, habit, tradition and convenience.

How he delivered his story, was extremely engaging.

James explained that he took the knowledge he had gained and grew a strong passion for animal rights. This is where his first major animal rights campaign came to light.

He vowed to be silent for a year, travel Australia to visit animal rescue farms and factory farms and spread his message.

His journey was incredible. He shared with us all the ups, downs and eye-opening situations he found himself in. From hand-raising a baby calf to cycling 5,000km from Darwin to Sydney, it was surely an adventure of a lifetime.

You can read more about James’ full story here.

When James broke his vow of silence, he spoke for the first time live on Sunrise.
Although it didn’t go 100 percent to plan, James is now thrilled with the way it panned out. Since his first campaign, he has seen tremendous support from people all over Australia and the world.

James finished up by letting us in on a couple more campaigns that he has on the way. We’ll just say he’s truly passionate about animal rights and has lots up his sleeve to spread his message far and wide.

Having James Aspey at Unique was a privilege and a pleasure, one that gave every Uniquer an unmatchable insight into veganism and animal rights. Thanks James!

If you’d like to see the whole talk, click here.

Learn more about James or ask him to share his story with your staff or customers by contacting him via email: peace@jamesaspey.com.au.

New Unique Website – Three Reasons We’re Honking Our Horn!

GROWING FROM JUST ONE MAN (DALE, OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR) AND HIS VAN, TO A THRIVING SUNSHINE COAST-BASED BUSINESS, UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS NOW HAS OVER 120 EMPLOYEES, OVER 2800 PRODUCTS AND A BRAND NEW UNIQUE WEBSITE!

The launch of the new Unique website has had us all on the edge of our seat. Working with high end developers, our talented digital and design team are very pleased to share the new website’s launch. Why can’t we contain our excitement? The new Unique website offers more for you than ever. Check out the top changes to enhance your experience online with us below and enjoy exploring the new Unique Health Products website.

Clean, Clean, Modern Machine
The new website is visually engaging, clean and easy to use. To describe it best, we’d use the famous cliché ‘it’s more than a pretty face’. It is beautifully designed, but all pages are also designed with you in mind. The images are large and engaging, while the navigation is well-planned and clear. Whether you’re exploring the site to see what’s on offer or you know precisely what it is you want to find, the websites layout and search bar help you to clearing and quickly navigate to where you want to be. The website gives you direct access to the online shop, About Us page, you can easily sign up as a supplier or retailer, it has a Join Our Team page, Contact Us page and gives you access to our up to date, informative Blog and Brand pages.

Get Ahead With More Insights, More Often
With consumers becoming highly educated about how to lead healthy lifestyles, it’s more important than ever before to stay on top of what’s current in our ever-changing market. Staying in the forefront of what’s current sometimes presents a challenge, which is why we offer to be your trusted industry advisor. Our Team are constantly scanning the Australian market.Our Wholesale Catalogue Industry Insight has been receiving positive feedback, and we listened to your calls for even more relevant information. We have expanded on our quarterly Industry Insights and you will now have access to a blog that delivers continuous news on the health food and product industry, obtained from reliable, well-known sources. Our new blog page will be updated regularly.

Visit the blog page regularly to discover content on hot new products, trend alerts, industry news, recipes, product profiles, even get an insight into the Unique culture.

Keep an eye open for exciting, educational guest blogs from industry experts. If you have a topic you’d particularly like to see on the blog, please send your suggestions through.

Drop In Anytime – On Your Desktop, Laptop, Tablet Or Smart Phone.
The new website is designed and developed to fit with your lifestyle. It’s user friendly on all devices. So you can now easily scroll through the blogs, explore our brands page, apply for an account… do everything you could on your desktop or laptop, now on your smart phone and tablet also.

Patricia Bragg Visits Unique

UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS HAD THE PLEASURE OF HOSTING HEALTH CRUSADER, AUTHOR AND FACE OF THE FAMOUS BRAGGS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
PATRICIA BRAGG.

Our warehouse was abuzz with excitement as she toured the facility, graciously stopping along the way for photo opportunities with many of our adoring staff.

She also gave an inspiring speech to the team on the Bragg health motto:

“You are what you eat, drink, breath,
think say and do!”

After a quick radio interview, she then went on to visit two of our wonderful local retailers – Kunara Organic Marketplace and Flannerys Maroochydore – where she met with customers and spread her healthy message.

Please come and visit us again soon Patricia! We loved having you!
View photos of Patricia’s visit at Unique here

David Gillespie Sweet Talks Unique

WELL-RECOGNISED AS THE ORIGINAL INFLUENCER OF THE ANTI-SUGAR MOVEMENT IN AUSTRALIA, DAVID GILLESPIE IS A TOP SELLING AUTHOR OF HEALTH BOOKS, INCLUDING ‘SWEET POISON’ PUBLISHED IN 2008.

It’s not every day you’re lucky enough to speak with a highly influential figure such as David Gillespie. So you can imagine the excitement from Unique staff when it was announced that David would be visiting Unique Health Products.

All 120 Unique staff where invited into the boardroom to sweet talk with David and there wasn’t a single staff member that left without feeling inspired to eliminate or at least reduce their sugar intake.

Coming from a law background, David is a brilliantly encaptivating speaker and grounded all his findings by explaining the research behind them. After deciphering the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain, he explained that the insights on sugar were chilling.

David spoke clearly of his personal struggle with sugar, how he overcame the addiction and recognised that being overweight was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself. Over a relatively short period of time, he achieved what a lifetime of fad dieting couldn’t.

Removing sugar from his diet allowed him to lose over 40 kilos and gain the energy he needed to keep up with his six young children.

The findings he shared were logical and to the point. He purely concentrated on highlighting the health benefits of simply removing fructose from our diet.

Sugar is made up of half fructose and half glucose, and with David’s research, he identified that it was the fructose that could be linked to various negative health effects. He explained that removing fructose from your diet is the first thing to concentrate on, after we have overcome the sugar cravings, we can then look at other ways to build a stronger relationship with healthy foods.

His approach is very black and white to follow in comparison to more complicated healthy lifestyles. He has structured it to be easy enough for all Australians to follow, so they can easily stay on the band wagon. There’s only one rule – no fructose.

David Gillespie writes the way he speaks, he draws you in with hard hitting facts and explains everything along the way. We just loved having him at Unique and are completely inspired by his books. Unique proudly distribute David Gillespie’s ‘Sweet Poison’ and ‘Eat Real Food’.

The Great Charity Suitcase Rummage

PART OF UNIQUE’S CULTURE IS THE STRONG BELIEF IN GIVING BACK TO CHARITY. EACH WEEK, THE UNIQUE TEAM PROUDLY DONATES TO SANDIPANI MUNI SCHOOL IN VRINDAVAN, INDIA.

Generous Unique staff voluntarily donate a potion of their pay to support four gorgeous girls. The all-girls school is located 120km South of Delhi in one of the poorest villages in Vrindavan and educates over 1500 needy children from kindergarten to the end of inter-school. The sponsorship from Unique helps cover the girls’ cost of transport to and from school, uniforms, books, education and three nutritious meals a day while attending school.

Inspired to do more for the entire Sandipani Muni School, the Unique team scoured through their wardrobes and kindly donated new and pre-loved clothing, books, jewellery and shoes for an onsite charity suitcase rummage. The event was an all staff, all day affair and a great success!

Selling over 130 items at a gold coin donation, plus the proceeds from an auction of a beautiful hand-crafted pot, saw Unique raise over $230 on the day.

This figure has an incredible impact, it means that five students from Sandipani Muni School receive life changing eye surgery within the year and it covers all costs of medical treatment needed for all 1500 students for a day.

Unique’s locally supported charity, Endeavour, also received over 200 saleable items of clothing to sell in their charity stores, which is much needed leading up to the holiday season.

After such a successful event, Unique is inspired to make the charity suitcase rummage an annual occurrence. It has also encouraged the team to think of other exciting ways Unique can fundraise for charity in the future.