Right now, we know more than ever about how our choices and the businesses we support can affect people and the planet.
When it comes to spending our hard-earned cash on things for our home, our bodies and our stomachs, it’s obvious that there’s never been a better time to shop ethically and locally.
To help you out and bring on those feel-good vibes you’ll be basking in when you shop smart, we’re sharing five of our favourite sustainable Sunshine Coast businesses.
The Sunshine Coast’s newest skincare emporium, The Orangerie is a one-stop shop for natural and clean beauty brands. While the stunning interior will have you slowing down the pace to take it all in, it’s their range of skincare, cosmetics, mum and baby care, and men’s grooming products that will really pique your interest. Applying a three-step screening process to anything they decide to sell in-store, you can be sure these products are ethically-made without compromising on performance. Beyond the products, The Orangerie also holds sustainability as one of its core business values, meaning they do everything from using compostable packaging and carbon neutral shipping if you buy online, to collecting grey water to replenish their indoor plants. If you’re looking for sustainable businesses on the Sunshine Coast, pop in here.
Soak up those river views while browsing sustainable and ethically-made apparel and accessories at Meraki Thread Co. Found at the Wharf Mooloolaba, along with stocking beautiful Australian labels, they also dish up a curated selection of beautiful vintage threads from around the world, so if the slow fashion bandwagon is one you want to jump on, this boutique is a good place to start.
Ready to sink a sustainable carton of beer? When it comes to sustainable businesses on the Sunshine Coast, it would be a crime to look past Terella Brewing. Sprouting in the rural landscape of North Arm (in between Yandina and Eumundi), Terella Brewing opened in late 2019 and is the sustainable farm-style brewery you need to know about. Co-founders Brandt Bamford and Torren Read have created a totally sustainable business model, which sees the brewery integrated with a Vertical Farm system, growing green produce within indoor growing booths under UV lights. This grow booth system creates its own fresh water as a byproduct of its process, which Terella Brewing then uses as a water supply to produce their beer. When brewing the beer, the fermentation process creates Co2, which is captured and re-injected back into the vertical farm to help grow the green produce. It is a fully enclosed sustainable cycle. Incredible, huh? You can visit them in person (check their Facebook page for covid-19 updates) or order online here.
Raw + Rice
Sustainability in the food industry might be all the rage right now, but the legends at Raw + Rice instilled this ethical approach to their business from the beginning. With stores across the Sunshine Coast, in Noosa, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, this eatery prides itself on serving nourishing and sustainable poke bowls that taste and look incredible. With a deep respect for the ocean and ethical fishing practices, the Raw + Rice crew use the most sustainable MSA graded tuna from Walkers Seafood Mooloolaba, Huon Tasmanian salmon and seafood from the Sunshine Coast Oyster Company. If you haven’t yet devoured one of their creations, you know what to do.
You may be able to get Saya Skincare all over Australia but the Sunshine Coast is still home for this fast-growing, all-natural beauty brand. Their beautiful flagship store can be found nestled in Noosaville and it is packed with a huge variety of purely plant-based skincare, infused with Australian botanicals, for all skin types. Beyond producing vegan and 100% cruelty-free products, the team also follows sustainable practices, using recyclable packaging (including the labels and the pumps) across all products and compostable satchels for online orders.
Now that you've got your wardrobe and beauty cupboard packed with sustainable products, stock your pantry at the best bulk food stores on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Lumea Photo for Urban List