Keeping it Green in 2018 - a Sustainable Guide to Melbourne

Even if you live and work in the city, there’s plenty you can do to reduce your environmental impact. Going green successfully is all about small sustainable changes – and most of them are easy. Here’s our guide to making 2018 your greenest year, without an all-in overhaul.

Meatless Mondays, or any days really

One super easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your meat consumption. And you don’t have to go vegan to do your bit. Eating your veggies – and only your veggies – just one day a week adds up. The average Aussie eats around 90kg of meat a year – one of the highest levels of meat consumption in the world. By going veggie one day a week, you can reduce that by about 13kg a year. Cutting down is good for the environment, good for your hip pocket, and good for your health. It’s also a great excuse to visit some of the fantastic veggie cafes and restaurants of Melbourne’s vibrant dining scene.

You can find your next working lunch or delicious dinner here.



Pack a picnic lunch

Go one better and pack your own lunch, saving on single use plastic containers and unnecessary packaging. Take some time out to sit in one of Melbourne’s parks. You’ll go back to work feeling refreshed and de-stressed.

Find a green space near you.



BYO and get a discount

Coffee addict? Yeah, us too. But did you know that the paper cup for your coffee on the go isn’t always recyclable? They’re often lined with a plastic film that makes them difficult to recycle and lids can be almost impossible. Invest in your own BYO cup for your morning (or mid-morning, or afternoon, or late afternoon!) coffee to avoid this waste-creation nightmare.

You can even nab yourself a discount for your troubles at these Melbourne cafes. 



Responsible retail

Melbourne loves to shop. From Bourke St Mall and Emporium, tucked down laneways and filling beautiful heritage arcades, retail therapy is one of our favourite past times. But fast fashion and disposable trends are causing havoc for our environment. In Australia alone, 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill every year. The appetite for keeping up with the latest trends can also lead to some less than ethical manufacturing of the garments.

Avoid this fashion faux pas by visiting one of Melbourne’s many environment and people friendly retailers. 

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