Be Inspired Blog — Sustainability

7 Easy Ways to be More Sustainable

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7 Easy Ways to be More Sustainable

This month, Melbourne is hosting a Sustainable Living Festival with many events in the city and beyond. We have decided to get on board as well! Not that we weren't all about sustainable living before, but this month we are taking on the challenge to be a lot more mindful about what The Fair Trader team sends to landfill. In Australia about 40% of our waste is discarded into landfill, and of that, around 60% is organic material (food scraps and garden waste). When organic waste decomposes it releases a greenhouse gas called methane. Methane is also released in high concentrations by cows....

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7 Sustainable Gift Ideas for your Eco Warrior Loved Ones

Posted by Bronwyn Newnham on

7 Sustainable Gift Ideas for your Eco Warrior Loved Ones

This month, Melbourne is celebrating the Sustainable Living Festival. With more and more people becoming environmentally-conscious, the question of what to give friends and family for their birthday while caring for the planet is becoming increasingly common! If you’re not ready to completely give up the tradition of gift-giving, we’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly gift ideas that will satisfy even the most diehard eco warriors! Tagua Nut Jewellery Also known as vegetable ivory, the tagua nut is an incredible seed that comes from the Tagua Palms native to South America. Being plant-sourced, it is a vegan and sustainable alternative to animal...

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Ten swaps to make this Fairtrade Fortnight for the ethical minimalist

Posted by Bronwyn Newnham on

Ten swaps to make this Fairtrade Fortnight for the ethical minimalist
If you're journeying into minimalism but also want to do your bit to help reduce poverty, then keep reading! There are some easy swaps you can make of day-to-day items that you already buy that will help empower people rather exploit them. It's not about buying more, it's about substituting the products you already purchase for more ethical alternatives.

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Kickstart your Plastic Free July with these zero waste products!

Posted by Bronwyn Newnham on

Kickstart your Plastic Free July with these zero waste products!

Whether you're totally new to reducing your waste or you're a seasoned zero-waster, The Fair Trader can help you on your journey to plastic free living with products that are not only good for the planet, but good for the people that make them too. The Hazelnut Tree Shampoo Bars If you're looking for locally Melbourne-made zero waste shampoo, look no further! We are now stocking The Hazelnut Tree shampoo bars. Each bar is lovingly handmade, poured and cut in Melbourne using all natural plant-based ingredients. The shampoo is palm oil free, and does not contain artificial colours, fragrances or...

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10 Ethical Places to Shop and Eat in Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs

Posted by Bronwyn Newnham on

10 Ethical Places to Shop and Eat in Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs

1. Holy Basil Thai (Croydon) Holy Basil offers vegetarian, vegan and sustainable seafood dishes inspired by Thai flavours. The restaurant is owned and run by husband and wife team, Julia and Duncan, who each bring their own influences and experience to the table. Julia grew up in a Thai rural village, and Duncan has over 30 years experience as a chef, resulting in dishes that incorporate traditional thai flavours with a contemporary twist.  Their vision for sustainability goes beyond meat-free dishes and locally sourced seafood. All their takeaway packaging is compostable and the restaurant is designed in a way that...

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