Have a sustainable Australia Day

Planning a barbecue, get together, or camping trip this Australia Day? Then NACC’s advice is to please plan ahead to make it as sustainable as possible.

Bring back retro style

Remember those anodised aluminium cups? They were fabulous, and hard-wearing. So why not give them a recall, and give single-use plastic utensils and plates the flick while adding a bit of retro-style to your picnic or BBQ this Australia Day with a picnic basket that uses your old cutlery and crockery. Raid the back of the plastics’ cupboard, or check-out your local charity shop for a collection of retro and reusable cups, plates and utensils.

Mark Reid collected rubbish from Separation Point, collecting everything from alcohol packaging, to ropes, to plastic fensing and bottles.

Mark Reid collected rubbish from Separation Point, collecting everything from alcohol packaging, to ropes, to plastic fensing and bottles.

May the source be with you

Our next top tip for sustainable Australia day is to “Buy local!” Seek-out your local farmers’ markets and produce retailers to reduce your food’s carbon footprint, while supporting your local farmers and getting the freshest possible food.

Seas of change

Got seafood on the menu this Australia Day? Not all seafood is fished sustainably, so here are some easy ways to make sure you are making sustainable seafood choices.

  1. Download Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide
  2. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable seafood logo
  3. Check out the Good Fish Bad Fish website to find out about sustainable fishing, fish sustainability information, cooking tips and more.

Recycle!

Find out what can be recycled in your local area via the Planet Arc Recycling Near You website, the NARvis website  or by downloading the Recycle Smart App. If your local council can’t recycle glass, consider buying drinks in cans instead.

 Make your patch great again!

Wherever you are this Australia Day, there is always an opportunity to leave the space in a better condition that when you arrived. Take along a few extra rubbish bags and help clean up our beautiful natural environment.

Want to continue to make a difference? Why not sign up to help clean up a site on Sunday 5 March.

Finally, do you want to a difference than extends well beyond Australia Day? Then why not sign-up to help clean up a local site on Sunday 5 March on Australia’s national Clean Up Day. You can read more about it on the Clean Up Australia Day website and see how you can get involved.

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