Remember the days when household whitegoods lasted years and we repaired them, rather than replaced them? We favoured home-cooked meals over fast food. Toys were made of timber and tin, rather than non-biodegradable junk plastic. We valued hand-crafted products and took pride in helping things grow. We shopped for necessity rather than want or convenience. We consumed only as much as we needed.
Here are six of our favourite local businesses that are helping people embrace a simpler, more nourishing life.
Refill not Landfill was started by Beverley Whip and her family in a bid to reduce the amount of single-use plastics going into landfill and our oceans. Bring your own reusabale container (or purchase one onsite) to Artisans 4670 at Bargara to have it filled with Australian-made plant-based laundry, cleaning and beauty products that are eco-friendly, biodegradable and safe for grey water and septic systems
100 Hughes Road | 0423 879 434
Dedicated to reducing waste and allowing customers to buy only what they need, Nana’s Pantry caters for all dietary requirements, as well as those who cook from scratch and like knowing exactly what’s going into their food. Fill your reusable containers with a mind-blowing array of self-serve food staples, wholefoods, condiments, coffees, teas, herbs, spices and lollies. Visitng Nana’s Pantry really is like getting a warm hug from grandma.
38 Electra Street
Gin Gin Gourmet Mushrooms grow ten different varieties of funky fungi with “mush” love in indoor bags containing local sugarcane mulch. Ranging from fresh pink oysters to lions mane, pioppino and dried white oysters, these locally-grown mushrooms pack a serious nutritional punch when it comes to protein, vitamins, minerals and free radical-fighting antioxidants
Buy instore from One Little Farm or Beemart. Shop online at www.bundyonlinefruitandveg.com.au or telephone 0427 885 313 to order.
Bundaberg Seeds is a delightful online business, dedicated to protecting heirloom and open-pollinated plants. They stock more than 100 varieties of seeds from ornamental flowers to fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants. Every order comes with helpful information and tips to make it as simple as possible for more people to take up gardening in their home and school. Based in Bundaberg, they ship Australia-wide. Use the code CRUSH at checkout to receive a discount on your first purchase.
Belly Fire Pottery is the work of local clay maker Kathy Valks. Sculpted from clay that Kathy has gathered locally with her own hands or sourced from small Queensland suppliers, Belly Fire Pottery’s durable products are sold in local giftshops, as well as garden centres and cafes in Noosa and Adelaide. The range includes everything from old school household wares like soap dishes and juicers to keepcups, teapots, functional flatware and Spanish graters.
0432 508 813
PLOYS creates unique, one-off tote bags, pencil cases, purses and toiletry bags by repurposing punctured, unwanted and discarded PVC plastics. PVC takes up to 1000 years to disintegrate and is most commonly used to make pool inflatables, air mattresses, shower curtains, jumping castles and umbrellas. Since starting in January 2020, PLOYS has saved more than 200 kilograms of PVC from ending up in landfill. Contact them to recycle your unwanted inflatables or to purchase a weatherproof bag or purse.