our last trip to sydney, for a while

Last weekend in Sydney was great, we’re also going to Melbourne for the same thing in a couple of weeks time.

Here’s some of the things we found/did/loved.

blog action day part one – shop locally

Today is Blog Action Day so I plan on providing some of the small things that contribute to reducing my impact on the environment.

I try to do as much of my fresh food shopping as I can at my local farmer’s market. These are held at the Powerhouse in New Farm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

The reasons I do all my fresh food shopping at the local farmers markets are:

  • The supply chain is shortened. If food travels a shorter distance, less carbon dioxide is created during its transportation.
  • The food I buy does not use fancy plastic packaging (I use green bags), nor does it require long term retail refrigeration.
  • The food I buy is so fresh that it lasts a full two weeks in my fridge. This means less food is wasted.
  • Because the food lasts two weeks, I only need to do my shopping once every two weeks. This means I travel less frequently to the shops.
  • Most of the market vendors I shop at do not have plastic bags so this encourages people to use environmental bags.
  • The food tastes more intense and is better for my body.

Take the example of garlic:

Chinese Garlic

Exhibit A

  • Grown in bulk in China.
  • Unknown growing conditions.
  • Has traveled 8000+ kilometers before it hits your belly.
  • No idea how long it has been in transportation.
  • White in colour, artificial tasting.
  • Costs $0.99

Australian Purple Garlic

Exhibit B

  • Locally grown in Australia by an Australian farmer.
  • Organically grown, no chemicals.
  • Has traveled less than 100 kilometers for you to eat it.
  • Beautiful purple in colour, fresh and flavoursome.
  • Costs $3

You decide.