Live More Sustainably: 12 Simple Ideas

Sustainability & You

We are hosting a range of exciting workshops, supported by a Banyule Council Sustainability Grant to empower you to make lifestyle changes and live more sustainably.

Participants will learn new skills like reducing waste, composting, avoiding harmful pesticides and plastic, how to encourage beneficial insects, bee keeping and planning their own permaculture garden. 

Awareness that we can all do our part in looking after ourselves, our planet and our environment is growing and these local workshops will assist you to take up the challenge. 

12 Simple Things You Can Do To Live More Sustainably


  1. Recycle as much hard waste as you can.
    Did you know that batteries, x-rays, old computers and phones can be recycled, and often contain valuable resources? Find a recycling centre near you.

  2. Avoid single use plastics. 
    Start using reusable bags. Soft plastic packaging that cannot go into the recycling bin can be recycled via the bins at many local supermarkets. This plastic is reused. Boomerang bags are a great alternative. They are made by volunteers in some of our library branches (come along and join in) and throughout community. You can pick up a reusable bag for free from a Boomerang Bag station, and return it when you no longer need it. 

  3. Reduce your energy consumption.
    This is an easy one. Turn off lights when you leave the room, wait for a full load of washing, use clotheslines rather that clothes dryers, and use LED light globes.

  4. Avoid harsh pesticides and cleaning products.
    These leave residues in the soil and waterways and kill beneficial insects. Aim to use natural alternatives instead, or plant to encourage beneficial bugs and bees in your garden.

  5. Reduce food waste.
    Buy food locally in season at farmers’ markets, as this reduces food miles. You can also join a community garden, and share the produce from the garden. We have two community gardens, at Watsonia and Diamond Valley Libraries and there are several others in the area. Try growing your own herbs or vegetables at home and attending a local food swap where you can exchange produce. Local Food Connect and Transition Banyule.

  6. Compost food and garden waste. 
    Most food and garden waste can be composted to form nutrient rich compost for the garden. If you don’t know how to get started come along to the forthcoming workshop at Watsonia library with Angelo Eliades.

  7. Plant native plants wherever possible.
    Native plant species are adapted for our local conditions, don’t require as much water and support native birds and wildlife. If you don’t have space for a tree, consider some of our lovely native grasses and shrubs.

  8. Join an environmental group.
    Get together with other like-minded people to work on projects to improve the local environment, such as a local ‘friends of’ group.

  9. Keep your cat indoors at night.
    Domestic cats are natural hunters and kill our native wildlife - our beautiful birds are particularly vulnerable at night. Keep cats safe indoors.

  10. Eat less meat.
    Australians typically over-consume meat. By reducing your intake of meat you are helping to reduce land degradation, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and living healthier.

  11. Use public transport when possible.
    Aim to walk or cycle around the neighbourhood when you can.

  12. Recycle clothes.
    Find a clothes-swap site and exchange your pre-loved clothes. Wherever possible buy ethical clothes from businesses that support fair pay and conditions for workers.

Suggested Further Reading:



Permaculture for Beginners

Sustainable Home


Bokashi Composting



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