Food and Shopping

What are you supporting when you shop? Sustainable shoppers consider the true costs of their purchases on the environment, community and local economy, as well as the opportunities their purchases can bring.

Shop Local

  • Local and seasonal: With abundant fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy products grown in our region, there is a great range available at local markets, community cooperatives and grocery stores. Not only will your food stay fresher for longer, you'll be supporting local farmers and your carbon footprint with reduced long distance transport.

Shop Ethical

  • Consider the costs: Check the track record of popular brands with the Shop Ethical Guide phone app.
  • Consider the opportunities: Can you chose to support a local cooperative, social enterprise or company that donates to the community or a cause you believe in?
  • Look for the labels: Avoid the green wash, always choose trusted certifications for products like paper, wood and seafood.

Eat Well

  • Sustainable food: For meal planning, recipes and tips to reduce food waste head to Food Wise.
  • Sustainable seafood: Nurture ocean health by choosing fish and shell fish caught with sound aquaculture practices listed on the Sustainable Seafood phone app.
  • Organic produce: Consider organic products that haven't traveled great distances to encourage sustainable agricultural practices, without the environmentally harmful pesticides.
  • Reducing meat and dairy: Traditional livestock production and transport can impact the environment in a number of ways, including land clearing, soil erosion and climate pollution. Consider reducing your intake with a regular Meat Free Monday.

Avoid Waste

  • Refuse single use: Picking products with less packaging can really reduce the amount of soft plastics from your house going to landfill.
  • Avoid micro plastics: Many products such as facial cleansers, cosmetics, toothpaste, detergents and polishes contain microbeads which are harmful to marine life and ingested by corals.
  • Bring your bags: Starting from 1 July 2018, plastic, degradable and biodegradable shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness will no longer be available in Queensland. For more information, download the fact sheet ( PDF, 2.19 MB ).
  • Buy recycled: Choose recycled products and help increase demand for this growing industry.
  • Beat fast fashion: Around half a million tonnes of textiles goes to landfill each year, with around two thirds made up of synthetic fibers that may never break down. You can:
    • Avoid synthetic fabrics and purchase second-hand items from local charity op shop or boutiques.
    • Hold a clothes swap to keep quality items in your circle of friends.
    • Rent new pieces for those infrequent but special occasions.
    • Donate your clothing to a local charity op shop.
    • Check the track record of brands with the Good on You fashion app.
    • Keep damaged fabrics for household rags and compost organic materials.

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Last updated: 21 November 2017