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Leichhardt's Sustainable Shopping Guide

Introducing the businesses & community enterprises that are paving the way to a brighter future. Here's your go-to guide to the most sustainable food & drink, shopping and community endeavours the area has to offer.

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Sustainability Tips

Knowing how to do your part for the environment can be overwhelming! We've broken it down into some helpful hints so you can make environmentally and ethically responsible shopping and community choices.

  1. MAKE FAIR TRADE CHOICES

    Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade.

    According to the Fair Trade Association of Australia & New Zealand Inc (FTAANZ), Fair Trade is all about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world, something well worth being a part of.

    What does this mean for you? By making Fair Trade choices, you can have a meaningful impact by helping to ensure a better deal for producers in developing countries - while also being assured that the full benefits of Fair Trade are being received by those producers. Keep an eye out for Fair Trade labelled products when doing your weekly shop, ordering your latte at your local coffee shop, or indulging in a sneaky chocolate fix... the choice is easy!

  2. CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC

    Opting for certified organic/biodynamic food means you are choosing produce from a farm that has fully converted to organic production. This produce has been farmed organically, usually for a minimum of three years, and has been inspected and regulated by the certifier.

    When you buy produce from a farm that is certified organic, you are supporting many years of hard work, patience and care for the environment... it's a sustainable choice that contributes to a better economy, a cleaner environment and a healthier population.

    Supporting local, organic animal products is better for people, the environment and the animals themselves. You can even take things a little further by choosing to eat a couple of vegetarian meals a week... your body and Mother Earth will be the better for it.

    Visit ofa.org.au for more information on organic/biodynamic certification and the benefits of organically produced food - a healthier lifestyle is just a click away!

  3. AVOID FOOD WASTE

    Did you know that households throw away more than $2.5 billion worth of edible food per year? Not only that, about 1kg of greenhouse gases can be saved for each kilogram of food waste avoided.

    So what can you do to cut down on food waste? Love Food, Hate Waste provides practical tips and tools to waste less food, save money and the environment for householders and businesses alike, making things easy.

    Visit Love Food, Hate Waste for tips on reducing food waste or learn more about groups like Oz Harvest and Secondbite two organisations that work in the Leichhardt area who avoid food waste by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food.

  4. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM

    Before you fill your grocery trolley, it's good to ask: how far did that banana have to travel to get here?

    Processed vs. Raw Food

    Processed foods have a greater ecological footprint than their raw or unprocessed equivalents... it's no surprise that fresh peaches have a much lower footprint than the canned variety.

    'Product Of Australia' Or 'Made In Australia'

    Its pretty simple: products made locally log fewer food miles to get to your door. Look for Product of Australia labels - these products have significant ingredients or components sourced in Australia, and virtually all of the production processes take place in Australia. Labels saying Made in Australia must be substantially transformed in Australia, but may contain ingredients or components from overseas.

    Purchase In Season And Reduce Food Miles!

    If you purchase a lemon in summer or a nectarine in winter, it has most likely travelled from the other side of the world! Seasonal foods tend to be cheaper, are often sourced locally and therefore minimise food miles - good for the environment, and for you!

    Try Some Vegetarian Meals

    Animal products make up the biggest single part of the typical Australians ecological footprint at a staggering 34%. Cut down on your environmental impact by incorporating a few vegetarian meals into your diet per week (eggplant parmigiana, anyone?).

  5. GROW YOUR OWN!

    Growing your own food saves food miles and allows you to control pesticide use... and we think it tastes better, too.

    Approximately one quarter of the nation's food supplies are thrown away before they are used - mainly because we purchase too much. Growing your own food avoids waste as you only pick what you need when you need it - and it saves on packaging. Many of Leichhardt's local enterprises are involved in growing food. Check out one of the Council's Community Gardens (listed in the directory) for more ideas.

  6. EAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

    Over-fishing and harmful fishing practices are a major threat to most of the world's aquatic ecosystems. What can you do about it? Purchasing sustainable seafood is one solution.

    Keep an eye out for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. By choosing the MSC ecolabel when shopping or dining out, you can enjoy seafood, safe in the knowledge that it has come from a completely traceable and certified sustainable fishery. You can also visit The Australian Marine Conservation Society for the Sustainable Seafood Guide. Want more? You can also visit the Marine Stewardship Council.

  7. GET INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY AND LOCAL NOT FOR PROFITS

    Any easy way to become part of the sustainability movement is by joining environmentally-minded groups. Within the Leichhardt area there are many Community and Not for Profits geared towards sustainable, ethical and environmental choices. Community organisations are groups with shared concerns or interests that work together to achieve a specific goal. They may also be not-for-profits, which are volunteer-run organisations with charitable goals. All of the proceeds donated to, or raised by, the organisations go towards further funding their purpose.

    So join in and do your part - get involved with a local group today!

  8. THINK ABOUT RESTORED/UPCYCLED PRODUCTS

    Get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at creating something new out of something old. Whether restored or upcycled, it's all about reducing what goes to waste and landfill.

    Restored items can be brought back to their original condition and might involve a change of their original use/purpose, repairing, refurbishing or mending. Upcycling usually involves the creation of a usable product from waste or unwanted items and adds value to the original.

    Many of our local enterprises are involved in restoration or upcycling to recreate unique products and save valuable resources going to landfill. So whether you DIY or purchase upcycled products, you can do your part.

  9. INVEST IN SECOND HAND OR VINTAGE

    Give an item a second life!

    Second-hand products have already been used, and are then passed on to be used by another. Buying second hand avoids the raw materials, energy and water used in the production of new products - plus it extends the life of valuable items and reduces waste to landfill. Buying second hand also saves money.

    After food, clothing is the area of consumption that has the greatest impact on the environment. According to Planet Ark, swapping 20kg of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years*.

    (*Source: Planet Ark)

    It's easy to be a sustainable fashionista. Just look out for:

    • Clothes and accessory swaps. Check Treading Lightly eco living in the Inner West seminar series for event dates and get ready to update your wardrobe with stylish second-hand pieces.
    • Secondhand Saturday a giant neighbourhood garage sales program. There are three SHS events every year, where you can pick up everything from decor to dresses for low prices.
  10. LEARN ABOUT THE SYDNEY FOOD FAIRNESS ALLIANCE

    The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) encourages government, communities and business to work together to ensure access to affordable healthy food for everyone; increase public knowledge about a healthy and productive agriculture in the Sydney Basin; educate people about a wide range of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, for good health; and allow people to enjoy seasonal, quality food from the region. Sound good? Visit sydneyfoodfairness.org.au for more information.

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About The Guide

Leichhardt's Sustainable Shopping Guide

  1. Are you looking for the best places to shop for organic, sustainable products in your local area? Welcome to your go-to guide to the best organic fresh produce markets, community gardens and sustainable food, fashion and furniture in Leichhardt and the surrounding suburbs of Sydney's Inner West.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

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Proudly brought to you by Leichhardt Municipal Council

Created and produced by Urban Walkabout. © 2015

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Paving the way towards a brighter, more sustainable future, Leichhardt is an energetic hub of local businesses and community enterprises dedicated to supporting marginalized workers in developing countries and leaving a greener mark upon the world.

Want to be part of Leichhardt's Sustainable Shopping Guide?

Leichhardt Municipal Council encourages you to put forward your sustainable business or community enterprise to be considered for inclusion in the Guide.

In order to be part of it, your organisation must comply with the 'General Criteria' below, as well as your specific classification criteria*.

* As of May 2015. For any further questions, contact LMC on the contact details below.

  1. GENERAL

    To be eligible for listing a business/community group must:

    • Be small in size and physically located within the Leichhardt Local Government Area (LGA) or if community based/not-for profit have a strong and regular presence in the LGA e.g. meets/undertakes activities in a building/space within the LGA, and;
    • Have sustainability as central to the business/community organisations/enterprises vision and practice i.e. it is your core business and provides clear environmental benefits
  2. FAIR TRADE

    Is accredited as a Fair Trade business and/or has as an ongoing stock of certified/licensed Fair Trade products.

  3. ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC

    Has an ongoing stock of certified organic and/or biodynamic food products.

  4. COMMUNITY

    Have shared concerns or interests that work together to achieve a specific goal.

  5. NOT FOR PROFIT

    Is a volunteer-run organisation with a charitable goal. All of the proceeds donated to, or raised by, the organisations must go towards further funding your purpose.

  6. RESTORED AND UPCYCLED

    Is focused on restoring, refurbishing or mending items either to their original condition or repurposing their function so it changes use, OR creates a usable product from waste or an unwanted item to add value to the original item.

  7. 2ND HAND/VINTAGE

    Resells products that have already been used, extending the life of valuable items and elongating ownership and life of an item.


Join Us And Be Sustainable!

At Leichhardt Municipal Council we:

  1. SUPPORT FAIR TRADE

    In May 2010, the Leichhardt Municipality became accredited as a "Fair Trade Community". The accreditation was awarded to Council by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ), at that time becoming only the third Council in Australia to have earned this accreditation.

  2. AVOID FOOD WASTE

    Leichhardt Council is a Love Food Hate Waste partner providing Love Food Hate Waste workshops. Check Treading Lightly eco living in the Inner West seminar series for event dates.

  3. We host a Compost Revolution on-line tutorial and quiz for residents to take part in and receive a subsidised compost bin or wormfarm, to avoid food waste going to landfill. Visit Compost Revolution. Council also provides a food waste recycling service that is available to people living in units that share their garbage bins. Visit Food Recycling to check eligibility.

  4. ARE CARBON NEUTRAL

    On 1 July 2012, Leichhardt Council became the second in NSW to become carbon neutral, and achieved carbon neutral certification for the 2012/13 financial year in July 2013.

  5. Council runs numerous programs that support sustainable, environmentally-friendly actions and lifestyles. Some of projects include the annual Footprints Ecofestival, Big Bike Day, Treading Lightly, Secondhand Saturday and Sustainable Neighbourhoods. Find out more at www.lmc.nsw.gov.au.

For further details contact Leichhardt Municipal Council


7-15 Wetherill Street
Leichhardt NSW
2040

PO Box 45
Leichhardt NSW
2040

Phone: 02 9367 9222
Fax: 02 9367 9111
Email: leichhardt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

Opening hours: 8.30am-5.15pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

EPA

Brought to you by Leichhardt Municipal Council.

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