Happy World Environment Day! At St Ives Shopping Village, we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and revolutionise the way we operate. Read on for some of our sustainable centre initiatives below.
Take your tote to The Market Room
From 1 June, single-use, lightweight plastic bags will be banned from St Ives Shopping Village. To help you get a head start on your reusable bags, we’ve got some branded bags available. Customers who spend $30 or more in The Market Room from 1–12 June will receive a complimentary Market Room environmental bag from us. (Offer available while stocks last.)
Organic food recycling
Approximately 45% of our total waste is diverted from landfill, and 29% is recycled, including 5+ tonnes of organic food waste every month. Each month, approximately 1.8 tonnes of used coffee grounds have been recycled through our Cup to Crop program, with Village cafés donating their grounds to become sustainable fertiliser.
Borrow a bag
Forgot your shopping bag? Borrow one from our Boomerang Bag Station, opposite Sportscraft. Simply take one, do your shop and return it the next time you visit.
Did you know energy efficient lights are installed throughout our Village and car park? Greener power makes our power and air-conditioning supply more environmentally friendly. Overall electricity consumption has been effectively reduced by the installation of sensors on car park lighting and times on air-conditioning units to maximise efficiencies.
Country Road is a big believer in sustainability, both in its stores and in its clothing. The Country Road store at our Village achieves a 5-star Green Star rating due to its environmental fit-out championing recycled materials and the re-use of salvaged ocean plastics. The label has also recently introduced the Our World campaign, which promotes its varied sustainable fashion initiatives, including verified Australian fibres, the good cashmere standard and a move towards circularity.
Harris Farm Markets
Single herd milk on tap is available at Harris Farm Markets St Ives. The milk alternates from dairy farms month to month, with each farm receiving an additional 30% return above regular milk gate prices per litre. They also have a glass bottle return in centre for milk bottles and soup jars, so we can work to reduce waste together!
The Source Bulk Foods
At The Source Bulk Foods, zero waste is more than a philosophy — it’s the store’s way of life. By rethinking the way people shop and how they reuse and recycle, The Source is constantly finding new ways to embrace a zero waste mentality. They encourage all customers to bring their own refillable bags and bottles when shopping in store. You can choose from bulk food bins filled with quality ingredients, including a range of vegan, paleo, organic and gluten-free options, from locally sourced honey to cooking oils to natural cleaning products.
Our very own John Rae from Shoe Guru is proud to partner with charitable initiative Shoes 4 Planet Earth. This Aussie not-for-profit was started by people who love to run and love to give back. Working with local communities and people like John, it provides recycled running shoes and school shoes to those in need across the country, including homeless shelters, youth and female crisis centres, Indigenous community sporting groups and more. To date, financial and shoe donations have provided over 80,000 people with shoes, in 18 countries around the world. Join the movement by donating your sports and school shoes at Shoe Guru.
Want to know more about how we’re sustaining our Village? View our sustainable centre initiatives here.