Here we have compiled a list of Australian & New Zealand brands that we know and trust to help us all create a more sustainable future for our planet!
Going Green Solutions is our local go to eco-store. They have a physical store in Hurstbridge, Victoria and also operate online with Australian wide shipping (free with orders over $100).
'Going Green' offers eco-friendly Catering & Packaging Supplies * Zero Waste, Low Impact Living
and a large range of eco-products:
Green Hospitality - Make an amazing difference in the world just by choosing eco-friendly biodegradable catering ware for your business or event; wholesale and retail options available.
Green Cleaning - Choose eco-friendly cleaning, dishwashing and laundry products and paper consumables for your home and office - as a beautiful way to take care of our waterways, forests - and planet.
Eco-kitchen - We have everthing you may need to work towards your own zero-waste kitchen space.
Eco-Lifestyle - Sustainability starts at home. How we run our homes; personal care products; looking after our gardens & pets - this is how we nurture an ethos of care for Planet Earth.
Gifts - Green Gifts are good for giving! Sift through our ever-changing selection of fairtrade, practical, upcycled, handmade & one-of-a-kind gifts that are as good for giving as they are for our planet!
Going Green Solutions has been at the forefront of sustainability for over 10 years.
We are always looking for the best eco-friendly products for your homes, businesses and organisations, and are committed to excellent customer service. We investigate the sustainability and ethical credentials of every product we stock - so that you can shop with peace of mind, knowing your choices are making a difference.
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Today Biome operates through their massive online store and six physical store locations employing 100 people, and providing a market for hundreds of ethical suppliers. Biome has also supported hundreds of community and environmental organisations. Biome has pioneered many of the concepts that now seem mainstream. In 2003, they were the first to introduce online in Australia the concept of a ‘reusable water bottle’ (at the time the world was in love with the new idea of water in throwaway plastic bottles!), shampoo bars, and clean beauty. Over the years, biome have shone the light for Bokashi composting, reusable coffee cups, straws, and plastic free alternatives such as wire pegs.
True to their mission, they also launched Australia’s first Naked Beauty Bar to empower our community to save plastic waste and resources by learning to make their own body care and cleaning products, along with workshops on sustainable living. "We are on a journey too – for us it’s about progress not perfection."
Soft. Simple. Sustainable.
"We set out to create a better basic. A softer fabric, a comfier fit. We did this without ego to change the way people think about their clothing choices. And we did this always keeping the environment top of mind."
Boody is an Australian sustainable clothing brand that makes everyday basics. Created by two families, today their children continue their work. From women's and men's essentials to active, baby and loungewear, Boody has your entire wardrobe of basics covered.
This may just be the most comfortable underwear you have ever worn!
Merino & Co offers the ultimate online store for everything Merino.
Proudly Australian Merino & Co is the home of the world’s most desirable natural fibre, Merino, in the labels you love. Our coveted, contemporary designs are created from Australia’s best Merino wool, loved globally for its natural softness, breathability, insulation and versatility.
Merino wool is the responsible alternative to synthetic textiles as it is natural and organic.
Australian merino farmers are committed to raising their sheep in a natural way utilising fresh air, grass, clean water and the Australian sunshine. After all, Healthy and happy sheep means premium quality wool.
The merino sheep grows an entirely new fleece every year which is then safely shorn off for the new fleece to grow in making wool sustainable. Not only is Australian Merino sustainably sourced and natural, it’s also biodegradable. Merino sheep if unshorn shed their fleece naturally, the fleece then breaks down in the soil within a number of years providing nutrients back to the soil.
So after a long life of keeping you warm, you can feel assured that your Merino wool jumper won’t harm the planet. Your Merino garments will last you years to come but will break down into soil once you are done, reducing your footprint on the planet.
Kappi offers a small select range of quality eco-products including one of our favourites: the SunButter reef safe sunscreen! (plastic & chemical free)
Go Bamboo is a New Zealand company that’s serious
about keeping plastic out of our coastlines, oceans and landfills.
Go Bamboo offers award-winning, zero-waste products for everyday use. Made from natural bamboo, our products and packaging are designed to be disposed of at home and are non-toxic, biodegradable and recyclable. Our mission is to provide simple, sustainable alternatives to plastic items that end up on our beaches and in our oceans.
WHY USE BAMBOO?
can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere between 7-30% more effectively than an equivalent area of forest
emits up to 30% more oxygen than equivalent areas of trees
has the tensile strength of steel
needs no pesticides, fertiliser and isn’t routinely irrigated
is strong, biodegradable and beautiful
is fast growing with some varieties growing up to a meter a day
has a yield six times greater than regular trees
needs half as much water as regular trees
doesn’t need fertilisers or pesticides
has no genetically modified variants
The bamboo used in Go Bamboo products is Moso bamboo.
This variety isn’t one of the 30 varieties eaten by the Giant and Red Pandas, as it is too large and woody.
By considerately planting more bamboo we can help to cut global levels of carbon dioxide and reduce global warming. By choosing bamboo as an alternative to plastic you are making an active choice to reduce your carbon footprint.
THROW AWAY FACTS
The toothbrush as we know it was created in China in 1498. It was made from a bamboo handle and pig hair bristle.
Bamboo is a native Chinese grass that can grow up to a meter a day and has been used in toothbrushes for 400 years.
30 million toothbrushes are thrown into landfill in Australia each year.
22,000 tonnes of toothbrushes a year go into landfill in the USA.
Biodegradable items don’t biodegrade well in landfill due to a lack of oxygen. A hot dog was found intact in landfill after 25 years. A newspaper was still readable after 50 years.
Lack of oxygen in landfill causes organic material to breakdown anaerobically producing methane gas, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
As far as we can tell plastic lasts forever in the natural environment.
Small plastic items such as bottle tops, clothes pegs, lighters, plastic cutlery etc are either blown, directly thrown, or are lifted by rainwater and carried into the storm water system. This puts them into streams and rivers that lead to the sea. Winds and currents move floating debris to areas of relative still, these areas are called gyres and they slowly rotate collecting more floating debris.
The size of the floating plastic garbage patch in the eastern north Pacific gyre is estimated to be 1,392,400 square kilometers. That’s twice the size of Texas or 5.2 times the size of New Zealand.
There are 5 gyres - the western north Pacific gyre, the southern Pacific gyre, the north and south Atlantic gyres and the Indian ocean gyre.
The plastic in the gyres is ground down into very small particles now nicknamed mermaid’s tears.
Mid-sized plastic items are ingested by seabirds and small pieces are ingested by fish.
Mermaid’s tears out number plankton by 6 to 1 in and around the gyres.
Why bio-plastics are better for the environment
Sounds too good to believe – a plastic that doesn’t use our limited fossil fuels plus reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A plastic that can be carbon neutral. How about a closed resource cycle so there’s no waste ever? Drum roll …
Enter bio-plastics. They’re on the cutting edge of plastics.
What happens if we keep making plastics from petrochemicals?
To make conventional plastics – the ones we’ve come to love yet hate, such as PE, PP, PET – we dig up fossil fuels to refine into petrochemicals. That’s a hefty process which increases C02 in the atmosphere. You’re right on the money if you’re thinking about higher average temperatures, the greenhouse effect and more floods, thunderstorms and droughts.
Being kind to our planet
Increasing C02 emissions is going the wrong way globally. Most governments and organisations have agreed to do something about reducing emissions. Environmental policies spell out specific targets. Australia is part of two key agreements committing us to a low-carbon, carbon resilient future. Our government signed the Paris Agreement and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol on 10 November 2016.
Australia also has a range of policies to support these. Under the government’s climate change plan, our country must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below 2000 levels by 2020. It also aims to achieve between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. You can find more about them here.
Where are bio-plastics in all this? Well, according to the Australian Bioplastics Association, bio-based and biodegradable bio-plastics can significantly reduce C02 emissions compared to traditional plastics. Two key advantages are their renewability and availability. Across the world, too, people are taking notice of the power of bio-plastics. For example, the European Commission feels so strongly about it, they’re funding research to create a machine to sort bio-plastics from other plastics.
Bio-plastics in the web of life
Here’s how we’ve worked out the sustainability of bio-plastic. Our key tool is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). It’s the standard to measure the environmental impact of products or services. The global market for bio-plastics, European Bio-plastics, endorses LCA and Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) to promote, quantify and verify the environmental sustainability of products.
Not all bio-plastics are created equal
LCA allows you to look at all stages in a product’s life. It spans from extracting the resources to disposing the product. It looks at current impacts, alternative scenarios and what improvements are achieved.
Keep in mind, though, there’s no one-size-fits all when doing a life cycle assessment of all bio-plastics. You need to do an assessment for each specific product or service. That doesn’t mean you can hold up assessments for two different products or services and compare them. You’d be limited in trying to make a sound comparison. That’s why, with the emerging industry of bio-plastics, the assessments also detail potential improvements in the life cycle and how to go about them.
Biotuff has completed Life Cycle Assessments on all of its products. Because we use cornstarch as our main ingredient, it means our products tick the box for being both biobased and biodegradable. Our products are plant-sourced and offset their own carbon footprint by breaking down must faster and more easily than petro-chemical based ones. Biotuff is a member of the Australian Bioplastics Association and can attest our products are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. We’ve also gone to the trouble to ensure our products comply with Australian Standards AS4736 BPI AND AS5810 home compost. That’s why we’re confident in stamping our products with a label of sustainability. It’s a win for everyone and the planet.
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