It’s great to know many of our residents are doing their part for our environment, but did you know plenty of Moonee Valley businesses are also leading the sustainability charge?
Food retailers such as Grania in Moonee Ponds, The Organic Warehouse in Essendon North and The Source Bulk Foods in Moonee Ponds are specialising in a no-waste shopping experience.
They offer an experience to the community that fits with their shared values around bulk food purchasing and reducing packaging.
They encourage you to bring your own reusable containers and to buy as little or as much as you need, ensuring minimal plastic and paper waste.
Ascot Vale Indian restaurant Fork and Fingers has introduced steel takeaway containers for their food and is encouraging people to bring in their own containers.
Meanwhile, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses are doing their bit to improve their energy efficiency.
Keen to make a difference, they have high-efficiency air conditioning and climate control systems to reduce temperature bleed between baking areas.
The bakery uses solar-heated water for staff amenities, and have over 100,000 litres of rainwater tanks plumbed for irrigation and truck washing.
Not only is the bakery reducing waste, it has also attracted new customers because of its green initiatives.
Boomerang Bags are another popular way of reducing plastic waste. The bags are made by volunteers from donated fabrics and are free for our community to use and share around.
Locally, the bags are made at workshops every Wednesday at 6.30pm at The Cave in Ascot Vale. The group have sewn nearly 1400 bags already and have helped five businesses on Union Road become single use plastic bag free!
Many of our local cafes are also getting on board by letting you grab your coffee in a keep cup. 7-Eleven has taken this a step further and is giving its customers free coffees until 2 September if they bring in their keep cups.
If you’re a business in Moonee Valley that’s keen to become more sustainable, find out how we can help at mvcc.vic.gov.au/environment
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