Buying Green

Sustainable Food

Fast Food facts:

  • The average distance food is transported is 2,300km! Food grown locally produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and may be fresher and better for you.
  • Food contributes 28% of our carbon footprint; 46% of our water use; and 49% of our total ecological footprint.
  • It takes 200 litres of water to produce a single 150g serve of meat. More water goes into producing a single steak than a person uses in a week of showers. A cow also produces 100kg of methane every year.
  • Annually Australian's throw out $2.4 billion dollars worth of food.

     

What can we do:

Buy locally grown and produced food:

Choose organic

  • These days there are a growing number of farmers producing organic meat and dairy in addition to vegetables and dry goods. If the price puts you off then try and buy organic for just a few foods.

Eat less

  • Eating less is not only better for our waistlines it is good for our wallets and the environment as farming methods and resource intensive.

Only buy what you need

  • Work to a weekly meal plan and only buy what you need. This will reduce the need to throw away food and will save you money.

Avoid packaging

  • Try and buy food items in as natural a state as possible, reducing the need for packaging. If produce is packaged then choose items with recyclable packaging or, better yet, think twice before buying.

Look for the tick

  • Look for the symbols on packaging to find out more about the food item. Look for Australian Organic and certified sustainable seafood symbols.

Find out more

 

Collaborative Consumption

Collaborative consumption describes traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping - but reinvented through network technologies. Engage with your community while also consuming sustainably.

Some collaborative consumption ideas include:

 

Links, Contacts and Further Information:

  • The Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide comes from the Australian Marine Conservation Society which has other resources as well.
  • See the Story of Stuff Project for a FABULOUS expose on consumerism!
  • For home delivery of organics, go to: home delivery organics North Sydney (or your suburb)
  • The Nature Conservation Council of NSW runs sustainable food courses through the Eastern Suburbs Community College.
  • Visit the Collaborative Consumption website below to find out more.

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