Sustainability in Melbourne: Easy Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
Melbourne is a vibrant city full of life, culture and experiences that are unique to Australia. But with so much to see and do, it can be easy to overlook the impact that our actions have on the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy everything that Melbourne has to offer while also reducing your environmental footprint. Here are some tips for sustainable living in Melbourne.
Travel by Public Transport
Melbourne’s tram network is entirely offset by solar power, making it an excellent choice for getting around the city. Not only will you save on carbon emissions created by individual cars, but you’ll also get to enjoy the city’s sights without the stress of navigating through traffic. So why not ditch the car and jump on a tram or bus instead?
Car Share Services
If you do need to travel by car, consider joining a car share service like GoGet. Most cars are parked 95% of the time, so why not share a vehicle with others when you need it? This is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road, and it can help you save money on gas and maintenance costs.
Walk or Cycle When Possible
Melbourne is increasing the amount of pedestrian and cycling space in the CBD. Walking or cycling instead of driving is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your health. It’s a great way to explore the city and get some exercise at the same time.
Use a Reusable Cup for Your Takeaway Coffee
Buying a reusable cup for your takeaway coffee is an easy way to reduce waste. Responsiblecafes.org has a list of cafes that will give you a discount for using a reusable cup, and many local cafes are now accepting reusable cups again. Consider a Huskee cup made from coffee plant husks, which can be swapped for a fresh one at participating cafes.
Getting Takeaway Food? Get It in a Reusable Container
Returnr offers reusable containers for takeaway food from hundreds of cafes and restaurants throughout Melbourne. Simply return the bowl to any other premises that use the system. Or bring your own container to any restaurant signed up to Trashless Takeaway. Victoria is even banning many single-use containers to aid the environment.
Learn about urban beekeeping at Somers Bees or Rooftop Honey, then start your own hive on your balcony, backyard or roof to encourage biodiversity. Plus you’ll get free, delicious honey.
Buy from Accredited Farmers’ Markets
Buying your fruit and veggies from an accredited farmers’ market supports local farmers and reduces your carbon footprint. This is a great way to get fresh, seasonal produce and to support the local economy.
Ceres Environment Park Delivery
If you don’t have time to get to the market, Ceres Environment Park will deliver fresh, seasonal, organic fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy items, as well as bakery goods, home and beauty products and pantry staples. All items are sourced locally and support local farmers.
Bulk Dry Goods
Buy your dry goods in bulk at the Source Bulk Foods, in BYO containers. This is an excellent way to reduce waste and save money on packaging.
BYO Containers for Cleaning Products
Roving Refills travels to markets and events around Melbourne filling up BYO containers with everything from laundry liquid to pet shampoo. Or head to your nearest One Less Bottle refill station to stock up on household products from a vending machine.