24 Sustainable Hours in the City of Port Phillip
Sustainable living is all about making smart, eco-friendly choices to minimise our impact on the environment. We’ve put together a green itinerary to help you enjoy a sustainable day in our beautiful pocket of the world, we’ve got you covered from morning to night.
9am – Walk or hire a bike
There’s no better way to get around than by getting active outdoors. St Kilda Cycles’ close proximity to the gems of the area means you can easily explore everything Port Phillip has to offer, all on two wheels. Check out local favourite the Veg Out community gardens in the early morning, before heading further south to take a pre-lunch stroll along the picturesque Elwood canal. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, the experts at Port Phillip EcoCentre have recorded three times more species than Melbourne Zoo.
12pm – Lunch local
Keeping your eating habits local will help cut down your carbon footprint. Well-loved social enterprise Lentil as Anything is known for their enduring promise to put people ahead of profits. Come for a wholesome, vegan and organic meal and pay only what you think is fair.
2pm – Shop ethically
Shopping with ethical practices in mind doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. Art and design social enterprise Space2b is making it easier for savvy shoppers to combine fashion and sustainability in their purchases. The ethically sourced pieces at Space2b support those seeking asylum, refugees and newly arrived migrants. Through the creative enterprise, workplace training and business mentoring provided by Space2b, talented makers from around the world have more opportunity to achieve financial independence.
4pm – Find a new perspective
Get the blood pumping in the afternoon with a kiteboard or stand up paddle board lesson. The watersport experts at Kite Republic can help you to learn a new skills and experience our beautiful bay from a new point of view. Don’t forget to follow Kite Republic’s advice and #take3forthesea – every piece of rubbish picked up from our local beaches makes a difference.
6pm – Green your dinner
Passionate about locally and ethically sourced produce? The Stokehouse is your go-to for a delicious, sustainable meal. The newly renovated Stokehouse is full of thoughtful green design touches, like an underground geothermal air conditioning system and reclaimed timber lined floors and walls. The menu is another important element of their five-star Green Star rating: ethically minded fisheries and farmers provide all the seafood and meat for the restaurant.
8pm – Drink (sustainably)
There are still ways to think sustainably after the sun has gone down. The guys over at Colonial Brewing Co are going out of their way to make great-tasting beer, while also caring about the planet.
They’re kicking major sustainability goals with their focus on delivering a premium product in more environmentally conscious cans. So, you can feel good drinking to your heart’s content (responsibly and sustainably).
11pm – Sleep guilt free
For the sustainability conscious traveller, staying ‘guilt free’ is no longer a dream. With a focus on lower emissions, energy efficiency and water saving, the team over at habitat HQ are making it easier than ever to travel green.
Catch the penguins at St. Kilda pier
As the only city in the world with a penguin habitat, we’ve got a lot of great things to protect. If you’re keen to catch a glimpse of these cute critters during your sustainable 24 hours in Port Phillip, we can help you out. We’ve done the hard work narrowing done the best times to catch a penguin sighting, all year round.
To find out more about sustainability in Port Phillip visit Sustainable Port Phillip.