Stop and think about all the plastic and one-time-use items you throw away daily. It's time to make a change. Invest in reusable tumblers, coffee cups, heavy-duty grocery totes, metal straws, and cutlery. Hot tip: look out for the places that give discounts for bringing your own cup or container. Get into the habit of throwing them in your bag or backpack and this small action can really add up; reducing waste and cutting out needless plastic consumption.
Scoop Wholefoods and Little Eco Shop are two of our favourite stores where you can find reusable items.
Forget ordering a new outfit online, head to your local thrift store instead. You'll find tons of authentic, gently-used clothing that's ripe for the picking. Plus, browse your own closet before going and donate some items (hello👋circular economy) Thrifting is becoming more popular as we realize the negative impact of fast fashion on the environment. Australia has a thriving thrift culture easily found via a quick google. But here are some of our top picks:
- Nation wide: Vinnies
- Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney: SWOP
- Fremantle: Beat Happening
- Hobart: City Mission Op shops
Libraries have certainly evolved over the years and if it's been a minute since you've checked one out, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Most house far more than books and by joining one, you'll gain access to an extensive catalogue of print, electronic, and multimedia resources, as well as free wi-fi, computers, printing services, study spaces, groups and classes, and much more.
Pro tip: If you’re an avid reader with a generous book collection, consider donating to your local library rather than throwing out the paperbacks sitting on your shelves. State libraries throughout Australia welcome donations of both published and original material.
We're lucky in Australia to have such an extensive network of public libraires; to find your nearest one, click on your state below:
- New South Wales
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
Transitioning to a circular lifestyle doesn't have to be hard. An easy was to start is by taking public transport. If you’re in an urban environment, taking trams, trains, buses, and ferries can go a long way in reducing pollution and the contribution to emissions. However, if public transport isn’t an option for you, consider using carpooling services or hitching a ride with colleagues or friends who live nearby.
Did you know that only 17.4% of electronic waste is recycled globally? That's why it's crucial to support sustainable businesses. Enter Circular, a tech subscription service that allows you to access the latest tech from top brands with budget-friendly monthly payments. At the end of your subscription, devices are refurbished or recycled to minimize waste and reduce our environmental impact. So, whether you're in need of a new smartphone or a like-new laptop, Circular has you covered while helping the planet.