Christmas 2021 Wrap

Rose Mary Petrass

Eco friendly Christmas tree

It’s our last newsletter for the year, and we want to thank you all so much for your support. 

It’s been another crazy year! The Green List is a young publication, and yet we’ve managed to grow by leaps and bounds already. With your support, we are massively looking forward to the year ahead. Next year we plan to write more articles, get more sustainable-impact enterprises approved as Greenlisters, and expand our social media presence – Click here to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

It’s good to know that even in the midst of this chaotic year, people still put their best green foot forward and are trying their darndest to make actual change and move towards a more sustainable future. 

Welcoming the new Greenlisters 

The Greenlist is our curated guide to businesses and organisations that are making a genuine impact through their practices, a sort of directory/magazine for eco-friendly enterprises. Are you a sustainability impact business? Get profiled on The Green List and reach our expanding like-minded community.

CERES is the latest Greenlister to join the directory. CERES Fair Wood provides highly ethically sourced timber that doesn’t contribute to old-growth deforestation and habitat loss. Read all about them here. Congrats, CERES! 

Welcome to STAY TRAY, another new approved Greenlister! This award-winning company makes customisable sustainable coffee trays made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. Check them out here

RETUB is having a Renaissance! This reusable container company is riding the wave of the post-lockdown Melbourne foodie scene, with their iconic Reswap system – and now founder Veronica Shannon plans to run her business from an off-grid farm on Victoria’s French Island. C’est la bonne vie! Read all about it here

Seasons Greetings

The Green List would like to wish you all a relaxing and fun summer. 

Read the rest of this letter on our website and check out the stories below

After a tough year, with many of us separated from our families across the country and the globe, we can now finally reunite with our loved ones – and it should be a summer to remember. So, with the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to put plans in motion for memorable holiday festivities. 

Between excessive consumerism, food waste, plastic decor, unwanted gifts and carbon-chugging travel plans, the silly season can be a trying time for the environment. 

The Green List is here to help with our guide to giving green – essential tips to giving that won’t cost the earth. We also have recommendations for the most eco-friendly Christmas trees, and how to make eco-friendly Christmas decorations

It’s no news that Aussies love to fill up on seafood during summertime – but a new survey from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revealed that 2.6 million Aussies (16 per cent) don’t even know what sustainable, wild-caught seafood is. That’s why we have compiled a guide to sourcing sustainable seafood this holiday season. 

New research from Gumtree has revealed that we spent an estimated $574 million on gifts last year. Aussies received more than 18.7 million unwanted gifts – that’s more than half the country. Unfortunately, that also means that 1.6 million of us threw our unwanted gifts in the bin, a significant proportion of which probably ended up in landfill. No one wants to feel like their gift-giving is costing the earth. So, the Green List has created a curated guide to giving green – so that your gift giving doesn’t need to cost the earth.  Read The Green List Guide to Giving Green 

In more top sustainability news this week…

Peter Cundall, the passionate environmentalist most known as the former face of ABC’s Gardening Australia, passed away peacefully last Sunday at the age of 94. To honour his memory, here are 5 important life lessons about gardening from Peter Cundall.

In a move that is making the rest of Australia jealous, Melbourne is set to gain a new rooftop farm, with restaurant and bar at the site of the $3 million Skygarden rooftop venture launched in Melbourne last week. Skyfarm also  includes a nursery and educational resources – and will donate food grown to Oz Harvest. Read about Skyfarm here.

The not-for-profit Orange Sky have launched a travelling solar-powered laundry van to restore dignity and improve hygiene in communities across Australia. The van aims to create “a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community”. Read about Australia’s travelling laundry van here.

Want to know how your city ranks in leafiness? Well, wonder no more – a new report has ranked Aussie cities on their tree coverage – which has important implications for liveability and resilience. Find out where your city ranks here

The Green List acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we live and work and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.