The choices we make when shopping can have a significant impact on the environment. We can lessen this impact by making environmentally friendly choices. And as consumers, the choices we make can influence and inspire individuals and businesses to change as well. Demonstrating that we want sustainable options helps to create demand for them.
Buying produce at a time of year when it would normally grow means less energy use, less transportation and less refrigeration.
Visit CERES Fair Food to find out which seasons are best to buy your favourite fruit and vegetables. Buying your fruit and vegetables in season also means you’re more likely to end up supporting locally produced food.
Find a farmers' market near you:
- Ashwood Chadstone Community Fruit and Vegetable Market
Held at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesdays, 12 noon to 2pm
34 Amaroo Crescent, Chadstone
Phone: 9807 2625 / 9807 0570
- Ashwood College Farmers Market
Held at Ashwood College the third Saturday of every month, 9am to 1pm
Vannam Drive, Ashwood 3147
Phone: 0415 754 666
- Mulgrave Farmer's Market
Every Sunday, 8am to 1pm
Corner Jacksons & Wellington roads, Mulgrave 3170
Phone: 8561 7408
- Wheelers Hill Farmers Market
This market is held on the third Saturday of each month, 8am to 1pm.
Jells Park South, Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150
Phone: 5664 0096
Use the Shop Ethical! guide to learn how companies score on environmental and social criteria. Knowing the good and bad of common brands’ supply chains means you can make a more informed choice when making purchases.
Good On You
Good On You is a brand-rating system for the fashion industry. It assesses a brand’s impact on important social and environmental issues. This provides you with the power to make choices that are better for the planet, people and animals.
Limit your plastic use
Try to avoid single-use plastic items when shopping such as plastic bags or takeaway coffee cups. This will help reduce the amount of waste we produce and limit harmful effects to the environment.
Plastic Free July has a comprehensive guide of alternatives to different types of plastic products.
Reusable and eco-friendly alternatives
There are many reusable and eco-friendly products available to help you reduce waste and lessen your environmental impact.
These are just some of the stores that stock reusable and eco-friendly products:
Sustainable Salons is a social enterprise that helps salon members reduce their impact on the planet by diverting up to 95% of salon waste from landfill.
You can find a sustainable salon here.
If your favourite salon isn’t listed, let them know you’d like them to become a member.