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Spotlight On Sustainability: Renee Waters


Every purchase you make is affecting the planet.

When you buy fruit and vegetables from big supermarkets, you’re supporting food miles, which equals more energy and emissions. In fact, Ceres conducted a Food Miles in Australia Report and discovered an average shopping basket in Australia with 29 common food items travelled over 70,000km. That’s approximately five laps around Australia.

When you buy local fruit and vegetables from local farmers, not only are you getting fresher and tastier produce and supporting the local economy, but also you eliminate the shipping process.

Sustainable shopping also includes eco-friendly packaging.

Statistics show Australians create approximately 660 thousand tonnes of plastic waste every year. In one day alone, we produce enough plastic waste to fill an entire beach.

Packaging takes a lot of energy, water and other natural resources to produce, and the waste pollutes our air, water and soil.

Supporting businesses that factor the earth into their production processes is one step towards a greener future.

We sat down with porcelain and fine metal jewellery maker Renee Waters to see what she does to ensure her business, and her general lifestyle, does to support the environment.

What steps do you take to ensure your business is as eco-friendly as possible?

We make small batches of our ceramic jewellery for our customers, there are no excess products left over from each range. Every piece we make will be sold to a customer at some point.

The excess material (pre fired ceramic) is used for casting our range of ceramic vessels. We aim to avoid wasting any raw materials.

We are part of the 'slow fashion movement', ie avoiding mass fashion production.

The packaging we use for our jewellery range is made from paper, we avoid using plastic if we can.

We are now reviewing our satchels for shipping our parcels to customers. There are now biodegradable shipping bags that are made from cornstarch. This swap of materials means that we will be using a lot less plastic annually and showing our customers that there are alternatives to look for.

Check out The Better Packaging Co.

Why do you believe it’s so important to make eco-friendly choices?

Our creative practice has been inspired by the beauty of the natural world, we want to make sure that we are gentle of the environment.

We recently moved from the city to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Appreciating this beautiful home has given us a new incentive to review our business practices so that they align with our values.

What tips do you have for other people who would like to make positive changes towards the environment?

I have recently ditched my credit card. I am a lot more mindful of my purchasing habits now as I am not relying on credit. Buy items that will last and products you love. Support small labels in Australia if possible. If you get lots of wear from your shoes, jewellery and handbag the that is a successful purchase.

Avoid binge buying, more is not always helpful to you and the environment.


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