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10 ways to improve your environmental foot print

26 Feb 2021

Here in Noosa, we have a long and proud history of protecting, preserving and looking after our pristine environment - it's one of the main reasons why people love living in and visiting Noosa! We can all do our bit to keep Noosa special and we have put together our top 10 tips to easily improve your environmental footprint.

Never calculated your environmental footprint? Click HERE to do so...it's super quick and pretty eye-opening!

10 ways to improve your environmental footprint:
Take 3 for the sea

Take 3 pieces (or more!) of rubbish with you when you leave the beach or anywhere and you'll make a real difference. This can be a fun game with the whole family!

Who can pick up the most plastic on your afternoon beach stroll? What plastic items did you find?

And of course we ask you to please take your own rubbish with you and place it in one of the many public bins in Noosa.

Eat local

This is not only great for mother Earth's health (as it reduces carbon emissions created by food miles) but also for your own.

Some of Australia’s best producers who are dedicated to organic, nutritious and delicious local produce are here in Noosa's hinterland. You can visit some of these growers on a Noosa Country Drive or taste their fresh produce in local restaurants or weekly farmers markets. The Snail of Approval logo helps you to identify food outlets preferencing local product.

Get hands on

Join one of the regular conservation events in Noosa - it's a great way to meet other passionate Noosa locals and make a difference.

Are you committed to the war against plastic? Join a local community beach clean-up! Do you absolutely LOVE koalas and would do anything to protect our fluffy locals? Help plant koala feed trees!

Wunya Ngulum

This is the official welcome of our local indigenous owners, the Kabi Kabi. They make up an important part of our community so immerse yourself in their culture and pay your respect to the traditional owners, past, present and future, and their rich history.

Head to the Noosa Museum in the country town of Pomona to see and learn about some of the authentic Kabi Kabi artefacts and memorabilia and to visit the Island of Reconciliation.

We like to move it

The best way to travel from A to B in Noosa is by foot or bike. It’s not only much more fun, exciting and efficient to scoot around Noosa on a bike but you’ll also help keep emissions out of the atmosphere and will find a park super easily.

You’ll also be doing something to improve your own health. There are plenty of local bike shops in Noosa where you can buy everything from kids bikes to high-end road or mountain bikes.

Look after our wildlife

Noosa is home to 44% of all Australian bird species, 1365 species of plants and 711 species of animals, many of which are rare, threatened or endangered.

Our pristine environment provides plenty of natural habitat for native wildlife. We ask you to help us look after our local furry, winged, prickly and water-dwelling residents and preserve their homes.

Stay on designated tracks in National Parks, leave animals, plants, rocks and wood where you find them, pick up your rubbish and avoid noise pollution.

Sharing is caring

We’re very lucky in Noosa to have free public transport available during Queensland Easter and summer school holidays. We encourage you to leave the car at home and hop on a local bus.

This will help the environment, reduce road congestion and chances are you’ll meet some fellow Noosa locals and have a chat about the latest news in town. VIEW BUS TIMETABLES.

Choose responsibly

Many businesses in Noosa are passionate about protecting the environment and have introduced green practices to help protect and enhance the Noosa environment.

Before choosing cafes, restaurants, services or grocers check out different businesses and choose ones who you feel do the right thing.

Many businesses have completed Tourism Noosa's Noosa Eco Check program, are Eco Tourism certified or joined initiatives like Plastic Free Noosa or Slow Food Noosa. If you can't find any information...ask! The more people make conscious decisions when choosing a product or service, the more supply there will be.

Say no to plastics

Noosa is dedicated to eliminating single-use plastics and we were selected as the first community in Queensland to take on this battle! An achievement we can all be super proud of...and we’re doing pretty well since the Plastic Free Noosa campaign started in 2018 with over 2.5 million pieces of plastic eliminated in the first 16 months.

Join our war against plastic and choose green alternatives. You can buy your very own keep cups, reusable water bottles and jute bags in many different shops and cafes around Noosa. A nice bonus - you often get a discount when taking your keep cups to local cafes. Also keep in mind that Noosa Council has installed 12 water refill stations and many cafes are happy to refill your reusable bottles for you.

Donate a tree

Imagine having your very own Noosa tree! Here in Noosa we’re committed to giving back to the environment which is why Tourism Noosa and Noosa & District Landcare started the Trees for Tourism initiative.

Pop into Tourism Noosa's Visitor Information Centre in Hastings Street to make a donation towards tree planting in Noosa or get in touch with Noosa & District Landcare if you'd like to become a regular donor. We’re proud that our major local events have also come on board with this meaningful project, and now donate $1 per participant to the Trees for Tourism project.

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