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Sustainability in travel – big and small ideas at Travel Daze conference

Costa Georgiadis at the Travel Daze conference.

The recent Travel Daze conference in Sydney was an inspiring day of news, ideas, projects and where-to-next? for sustainable travel. Tourism Noosa attended the event and heard about some of the big and small steps that individuals and businesses can take to create positive change to make travel more sustainable for communities at home and around the world.

Refillable bulk dispensers (Tourism Noosa’s Refresh Amenities project is all about this!); ending animal cruelty in tourism; social enterprise projects such as a women’s bike mechanic program in Tanzania; fuel-efficient stoves that are reducing deforestation, carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution; suitcases made of recycled plastic drink bottles … and recycled toilet paper were just a few of the topics discussed.

Genuine collaboration and communication between the travel industry and local communities to create social, environmental and economic benefit, along with a positive visitor experience, was a recurring theme. Keynote speakers were Bob Brown and Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia.

See our Eco Travel pages for inspiration on what you can do!

Eco Tekk Noosa

Eco Noosa in the media

We recently hosted the beautiful Peppermint Magazine to showcase some of the amazing green initiatives that our community and tourism industry are championing. For their Sun, Surf and Sustainability article in the spring edition, Peppermint visited the Noosa Farmers Market and talked to chef Matt Golinksi from View Restaurant at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas about eating locally and sustainably grown food.

Peppermint also discovered ways that Peppers and other local operators including VanillaFood and Shambhala Farm are offering a more environmentally friendly way of life for visitors and staff, and how we can all take small and simple steps towards living more sustainably. They heard from Plastic Free Noosa about how local businesses are being helped on their green journey, and talked green travel with EcoTekk Noosa.

The article appears in the current edition of Peppermint Magazine, along with a double page advertisement featuring local sustainable businesses.

Snails, eco training and plastic

A new partnership between Slow Food Noosa, Plastic Free Noosa and Tourism Noosa aims to help local foodie businesses take more positive steps towards environmentally aware business practices.

Snail of Approval recipients through the Slow Food Noosa group can now complete Tourism Noosa’s Noosa Eco Check online training program for free as part of their approval process. Recipients are also encouraged to join Plastic Free Noosa and learn more about reducing their single-use plastic waste.

Slow Food Noosa’s Snail of Approval Program was the first in Australia, aiming to inspire producers, chefs, restaurant owners and food outlets to use and promote good, clean and fair ingredients from the local area. Noosa Eco Check has information, tips and case studies to help businesses and their staff implement environmentally friendly business practices in the areas of water, waste, energy, sustainable gardens, purchasing/cleaning and corporate social responsibility.

Cash for Containers

Express Recycling Noosa is a new Cash for Containers operator, now open at 26 Action Street, Noosaville. Bring your bottles, cans, plastic and cardboard drink containers along and turn them into cash.

Help reduce the amount of recyclables that go into landfill and earn yourself some cash while you’re at it! Express Recycling Noosa are also teaming up with local groups and organisations including the Eumundi Markets and Peregian Originals to make it easier for people to access the facilities.

The Trees for Tourism garden planting

Trees for Tourism spreads roots

The Trees for Tourism project is spreading its roots with the launch of the Trees for Tourism Garden at Nancy Cato Park, Noosa Heads, and the first funds being delivered to our project partner, Noosa & District Landcare.

The first tree planting in the Noosa hinterland will be done with the funds – $13,151 raised from the Noosa Triathlon and Noosa Food & Wine Festival, and donations through the Noosa Visitor Inspiration Centre and Tourism Noosa networking nights.

Trees for Tourism is an initiative of Tourism Noosa in conjunction with Noosa & District Landcare and Noosa Council, supporting tree planting in the hinterland for land rehabilitation, carbon emission reduction and the protection and enhancement of koala habitat. All events sponsored by Tourism Noosa will provide $1 per participant to the program, recognising the economic and social importance that events provide to the local community while providing a chance for events to give back environmentally.

Tourism Noosa members complete Noosa Eco Check.

Volunteers and members learn valuable tips on being eco-friendly

70 Tourism Noosa volunteers along with staff from several businesses recently completed the updated Noosa Eco Check 2.0, learning all about Noosa operators who are doing good things in the eco space.

Volunteer John Robinson said: “Noosa Eco Check was very informative and motivating. I felt great being part of an industry that are making positive steps to being sustainable. It also provides some good food for thought what we can do as individuals in our own home to make a difference.”

Members from Locality Planning Energy, Noosa Springs Golf Resort & Spa, Nomads Noosa, Nomads Fraser Island Tours, Slow Food Noosa, Noosa Tablelands Escape and The Rise Noosa also recently completed the Noosa Eco Check 2.0 program.

Thanks to you all for joining us on the journey of protecting, preserving and looking after our pristine Noosa environment. A new group training session will be held in October - see Tourism Talk for information.