With a call to reduce our carbon footprint, it may be unusual to hear that shopping is not actually such a bad thing. Excess use of resource consumption and pollution are a thing of the past for the Markets of Melbourne.
The three markets - Prahran, Queen Victoria and South Melbourne – are leading the way to a sustainable future, particularly in light of the recent global catastrophic natural disasters that have occurred recently.
Whilst our local shopping centres may still be struggling with the issues of plastic bags and the disposal of waste, the trio collectively aim to raise the profile of market-shopping in Melbourne in an enviro-friendly way.
Over the last five years, the Markets of Melbourne have together reduced their water consumption by 23.5 megalitres – roughly equivalent to the amount of water in 2350 domestic sized swimming pools! Recycling is also a major consideration as the markets use more than 10 different streams, including cardboard, water, and organic matter, and in doing so, recycle 1060 tonnes of cardboard every year. This recycled cardboard can then be converted into things like toilet paper for example.
Plastic bag use has been significantly reduced with many stalls choosing to use only starch bags, and instead of wasting perfectly good food as many marketplaces are known to do, the markets donate 92 000 kilograms of high quality food to Second Bite, an organisation that helps to provide the underprivileged with nutritious sources of food.
By choosing to support local producers of fresh food, they are not only helping to sustain local businesses, but they are also reducing their emissions; an issue often associated with travel.
The Markets of Melbourne have carved a path for the future of shopping, showing that if such measures are taken, we can make a whole lot of difference on our carbon footprint.
Who knew shopping could be so green?
Head to www.marketsofmelbourne.com.au for more information on Melbourne’s trio of enviro-friendly markets.