Go Green: Practical tips for how to do your part for the planet
From small, everyday habits to shopping sustainably, it's never been easier to join the eco-friendly movement. Here's our roundup of amazing retailer initiatives to support, as well as small day-to-day changes you can make now that will have a big impact over time.
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3 easy habits to start today
Who says you need to compromise to go green? These daily deeds may be small, but they add up to a mighty impact on our planet!
1. Love your reusable coffee mug
We all love our coffee. Clutching on that piping hot cup is often what gets us through the morning - and sometimes, the afternoon too. So just think about how many trees you'll save by swapping your daily disposable for a reusable alternative. With an abundance of colours, materials and sizes, you're bound to find your perfect cuppa at Flo's Home, Bed Bath N' Table, Farmers, David Jones and H&M. Don't forget to opt for one made from glass, ceramic, silicon, metal or wood, and avoid plastic where possible.
The same goes for drink bottles! Purchasing a reusable drink bottle will not only help you to stay hydrated, but it'll also reduce your plastic consumption. As an added incentive, bottled water is also more expensive per litre than petrol, so your wallet will be thanking you, too! Grab yours at Stirling Sports, Rebel Sport, Kathmandu, Torpedo 7 and The Athlete's Foot.
2. Storm in a teacup
From an antioxidant-rich green to calming chamomile, tea can benefit the body and mind. While one teabag may seem insignificant, the cumulative impact from the world's tea drinkers of the material that goes into teabags is one of the largest, most avoidable by-products of food waste. You can reduce your carbon footprint one teabag at a time but switching to loose leaf tea. You'll find the most delicious brews and nifty infusers at Countdown, Tai Ping Newmarket and Majestic Tea Bar.
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3. Say goodbye to plastic
While major supermarkets have now removed plastic bags from their checkouts, it's easy to stretch that bit further when you're out and about or at home with these handy tips.
- Pop a few cotton produce pouches into your grocery bags to hold loose fruits and vegetables.
- Buy in bulk, where possible, to reduce packaging materials
- Replace single-use plastic cling wrap for reusable beeswax or silicon alternatives.
- When your plastic containers need a refresh, swap them for more environmentally-friendly metal or silicon options. You can also reuse old glass bottles to give your pantry an insta-worthy rustic look.
- Recycle single-use plastic packaging including produce bags, bread bags, cereal box liners, biscuit wrappers and confectionery packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags (which can't be recycled through your green bin at home) by dropping them in the allocated bins found in supermarkets, such as Countdown.
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Return and recycle
Many of your most-loved brands are already breaking ground in this space with in-store recycling initiatives.
Nespresso’s coffee is sustainably-sourced from local farmers around the globe. Their aluminium capsules don’t only protect the taste and quality of your morning cuppa’, but are also recyclable! Drop off used capsules at Nespresso Boutiques, participating collection points or via mail to give them a second life. Find out more >
With an increasing number of retailers offering sustainable ranges, you'll be spoilt for choice. Check out the exciting, planet-loving products these brands have to offer.
With the goal in mind for all their products to have at least one sustainable attribute by 2020, Country Road uses a host of environmentally conscious materials throughout their range, such as sustainably-sourced cotton, recycled nylon, recycled polyester and recycled brass. Find out more >
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Since 2018, Kathmandu has recycled 16 million plastic bottles into their REPREVE® fabrics, offering clothing, bags and accessories crafted from recycled polyesters. 100% of their cotton is also sustainably sourced through a mix of organic, fairtrade, recycled and Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton. Find out more >
Gorman crafts a minimum of 25% of their products from GOTS certified organic cotton. The label also utilises other sustainable fibres, such as tencel, recycled polyester, non-mulesed merino, recycled cotton fibre and raw rattan linen in their collections. Find out more >