Go Green: Practical tips to live more sustainably
It's never been easier to do your part for the planet. Here's our guide with tips on how to shop more sustainably, as well as easy habits that may be small, but add up to a mighty impact!
Three easy habits to start today
1. Love your reusables
Just think about how much plastic and paper you'll save by swapping your disposable coffee cups and bottles for reusable alternatives. Find your perfect cuppa at David Jones,Kikki.K. Step it up by bringing your own containers when purchasing takeaway, reusing old glass jars to give your pantry a rustic vibe, replacing old plastic containers with more eco-friendly metal or glass options and swapping single-use cling wrap for reusable beeswax or silicon alternatives. While recycling is the next best option, reducing plastic production is far more sustainable in the long run.
2. Storm in a teacup
While a teabag seems insignificant, the cumulative impact from the world's tea drinkers is one of the largest, most avoidable forms of waste. Lower your carbon footprint by switching to loose leaf tea. You'll find the most delicious brews and nifty infusers at Majestic Tea Bar and Leafe Cafe.
3. Bag it up
While supermarkets have removed plastic bags from their checkouts, here's how you can further reduce your plastic consumption. Start by opting for loose produce, such as fruits, veggies, nuts and bread, and pop them in cotton pouches to keep them from going astray. As for soft, single-use plastics that can't be recycled through your green bin, such as produce bags, bread bags, cereal box liners, biscuit wrappers and confectionery packaging, drop them off in the REDcycle bins found in Countdown and.
Return and recycle
Keep an eye out for the exciting recycling initiatives by your most-loved brands.
Nespresso’s coffee is sustainably-sourced from local farmers around the globe, but their aluminium capsules 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 >
M∙A∙C is working to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging by helping to reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill. Upon returning six empty M∙A∙C makeup containers to a participating M∙A∙C counter or sending via mail, consumers can choose a standard M∙A∙C lipstick of their choosing as a thank you. Find out more at the M.A.C counter at Farmers
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.
Country Road has been a huge driver of sustainability, placing a strong emphasis on supporting ethical trade across all aspects of their production and supply chains. From being able to scientifically verify their clothing fibres to Australian farms, to supporting the regeneration of Australian farmlands with Landcare Australia – it has been amazing to see the brand’s extensive efforts. Find out more >
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Kathmandu are working hard to reduce their environmental impact. Since 2015, the brand has recycled 30,423,221 plastic bottles into their REPREVE® fabrics, offering clothing, bags and accessories crafted from these recycled polyesters. What's more, 100% of their cotton is sustainably sourced through a mix of organic, fairtrade, recycled and Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, they're working towards being carbon neutral by 2025 and they've developed a zero waste program to help reduce the amount of waste across their business. 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 >