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, Myer, House, Typo, Country Road. 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 T2 and Health Kick.
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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 supermarkets, like Woolworths and Coles. Find out more about REDcycle bins >
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Return and recycle
Keep an eye out for the exciting recycling initiatives by your most-loved brands. These retailers not only offer a recycling service in-store, some will even reward you for doing so!
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 >
Apple's stores, offices and data centres are carbon‑neutral and aim for all their products to be by 2030. With Apple Trade-In, you too can do your part by bringing in eligible, old devices to be restored or recycled, in exchange for either credit towards your next purchase or an Apple Store Gift Card. Find out more >
L'Occitane works with over 130 French farmers and 10,000 pickers to ensure the higest quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients go into their range. In addition to offering eco-refill packs, you can also bring in empty products from any beauty brand for recycling, to receive 10% off your next purchase of a similar value product. Find out more >
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Whilst we all know and love Lush's yummy skincare goodies, the brand also has a proud tradition of supporting causes they truly believe in, such as ethical buying and fighting against animal testing. All Lush PP (polypropylene plastic) product pots are made from 100% recycled materials. Simply return five empty pots in store to be recycled once more and you'll be rewarded with a free fresh face mask of your choice. Find out more >
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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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Named the 2019 Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year at the May 2019 World Retail Congress Awards, Cotton On funded the training and setup of local Kenyan farms, from which they source their cotton, to help to transition to more sustainable farming practices. The program has not only enabled those farmers to increase the yield of their farms, thereby doubling their income, but will also enable Cotton On to achieve their goal of sourcing 100% of the cotton used in their range from sustainable sources by 2021. Find out more >
Kmart's ‘Better Together’ program focuses on working with their partners to make a difference across a wide range of initiatives, from ethical sourcing and human rights. This season, Kmart has released a Puffa Jacket that is filled with 100% recycled polyester made from reclaimed materials, women’s knits containing LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibres made using wood pulp sourced from responsibly managed forests and converted into fibres using less energy and water compared to conventional methods, organic cotton innerwear, and a new sneaker range (women, men and kids) made with recycled materials. Find out more>
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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 >
The Body Shop
Founder Anita Roddick believed that business could be a force for good. With an ambition to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable business, The Body Shop works fairly with farmers and suppliers through their Community Trade programme, produces their packaging mostly from recycled sources, are 100% vegetarian, and stand firmly against animal testing. Find out more >
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