Opera House chairs, Jameson whisky and Women in Travel awards

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We might not even realise there’s a more sustainable alternative.

Easy switches

As a society we’re starting to make sustainable swaps in our everyday lives. Whether that’s using The Sustainable Traveller’s services, conducting an office waste audit at work, or simply trading out disposable coffee cups for reusable ones. But some things we may not think about until someone points out. If we’ve been using them all our lives, we might not even realise there’s a better alternative.

Here are a few switches you can add to your repertoire:

  • Disposable cotton pads → reusable fabric ones
  • Packaged, moist face wipes → cleanser and flannel
  • Shower soaps and hair products → solid soap and shampoo bars
  • Teabags → looseleaf
  • Plastic clingfilm → reusable containers or beeswax wraps
  • Cheap clothing → second hand buys, or products you know will last

From The House to our house

Because we believe in being the change we want to see, The Fifth Estate group, which includes The Green List, has benefited from The Sydney Opera House’s KonMarie efforts as part of its renewal program.

Our ex-Opera House office chairs are part of a greater movement, gaining traction thanks to the push by the City of Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership, Office Spectrum, Green Furniture Hub and the like, to reduce landfill by recycling office furniture and fittings.

Big thanks to Emma Bombonato and the sustainability team at the Opera House, as well as the Better Buildings Partnership. Check the feature for more info on this.

Improved office standards now being driven by investors

Great news from Greenlister, The Sustainable Traveller. Buoyed by the response to her mention in the newsletter two weeks ago, Dayana Brooke has shared the news that she and her business have been nominated for two travel industry awards – a National Travel Industry Award, “The Oscars of the travel industry”, and Women in Travel Awards, Sustainable Practices Champion.

“In less than 12 months of rebranding my agency to The Sustainable Traveller, to be nominated by my peers is humbling”, Ms Brooke said last week.

You can also hear Dayana Brooke talk at Travel Daze 2019 in August – a TedX Style event for all things travel.

Sustainability from around the globe

Sunny side up


Speaking of transitions, a solar farming array has opened where North America’s largest coal fired power plant once stood. Nanticoke Generating Station burned its last piece of coal in December of 2013 and in its place 192,431 photovoltaic panels came online earlier this month.

The new 44-megawatt solar facility covers 260 acres on the shores of Port Dover’s Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada – the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity production.

Nanticoke Solar Farm was developed by a partnership of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. 


A USA start up has developed a sticker it claims can keep fruit fresh for up to two weeks longer. Looking like your average fruit label, StixFresh is applied to the outside of fruits such as apples, pears, avocados, and mangos “to help keep them firm, sweet and juicy”. 

On its Indigogo fundraising page its creators claim the product is “not magic, it’s science”. They say the sticker is made by mimicking the protective compounds produced by plants under stress. These natural compounds are then applied to the non-sticky side of the sticker where they interact with the fruit, slowing down the ripening and spoiling process. 

StixFresh’s fundraising endeavour has already exceeded its $7,015 target with $18,333 pledged by 288 backers with 16 days still to go.

The sticker that helps your fruit last longer

Spirit of sustainability


Pernod Ricard, the company behind spirits brands such as Jameson, Chivas Regal and Malibu, has pledged to ban all promotional items and product packaging that isn’t bio based, recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.

It has also committed to reduce its overall carbon footprint by 50 per cent by 2030, and to replenish 100 per cent of its water consumption from production sites in Australia and other high risk watershed countries such as India.

“We know that our customers have now come to expect our brands to bre responsible and respectful of the environment, ”Pernod Ricard’s head of sistainability and responsibility, Vanessa Wright, said at the time of the announcement.

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