A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published March 11th 2013
Sustainable living solutions for earth warriors
If you love hand-made and ecological products as well as activities that lift your spirit and well-being, inner Brisbane is the place to be. If you have watched Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and feel that you need to watch your own carbon footprint, you can still go about your daily life with knowledge that you are living life sustainably. Similarly, the organisations below are also playing a part in trying to preserve the environment and making sure Brisbane remains sustainable for future residents.
Located at 9 Browning Street, West End, Earth awakening is an oasis away from busy city life. It is an eco-friendly community minded yoga and natural therapies centre to help you maintain health of body, mind and spirit. They use organic products from oils to towels and tea, even their walls are painted with eco-friendly paints. Their furniture is recycled and re-used and they are 100% powered by renewable wind energy. Services include belly dancing, yoga, aromatherapy, workshops, meditation, counselling and massage. Massages include Swedish massages, aromatherapy, reflexology and remedial. You may have seen some of their natural products sold at markets throughout Brisbane.
With a motto that goes "Waste is something we do, not something that is," Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that promotes resource reuse and sustainability. They divert discards from going to landfill and sell them at low cost to the public. They also run tours and visits to their warehouse to show members of the public their vision and how they are helping the environment. Reverse Garbage also runs environmental education workshops in schools, festivals and community events. They run a gift shop called the Reverse Emporium which features the work of craft workers, local artists and designers using a myriad of materials from old timber and textiles to scrap metal.
Riding bicycles to work instead of using petrol guzzling cars is definitely a more environmental friendly option. It is also easier on the pocket. However, the bicycle revolution has even gone further by providing bicycles which are recycled and refurbished. All their bikes start from hand piquality steel frames. They are then professionally sandblasted and power-coated. Finally, they are hand finished and assembled by their qualified mechanics according to your specifications. They have two stores, one at Clontarf, 2/29 Brewer St Clontarf and another at West End, 294 Montague Rd West End. If you don't feel like buying a bike, you can hire a bike as well to explore the riverside.
Food Connect sources local, ecological and seasonal food direct from farmers in Australia and then distribute it at pick-up centres throughout Brisbane. Instead of wondering if your fruit and vegetables are chemically enhanced at the large supermarkets, you can be assured at the produce that is entering your body. Most of the farmers live within a 5 hour radius of Brisbane and they are paid a fair price for their produce while being encouraged to use sustainable farming methods. They have food hampers and delicious fresh groceries delivered straight from the producers. If you are still not convinced, you can even go on food tours to see the farms for yourself.