Sustainable Production & Consumption
By now, most Victorians know that using less electricity can be a quick way to help safeguard our environment. What many people don’t realise, is how the stuff we buy impacts on our environment too.
Every time we buy something, we’re also buying the energy, water and natural resources it took to produce and transport that product to our home. So, the more things we buy, the more of the earth’s resources we consume. And we consume a lot.
With just the one planet, it won’t take long before we eat up all the resources she has to offer. Part of the solution is to simply buy less. (Ask yourself: do you really need that new TV?).
But we know that there are some things that we do need. Whether its food on the table or clothes for our children. And sometimes, well, we all want to spoil ourselves now and then.
That’s why Environment Victoria is campaigning on a range of issues - from educating people on the impact of their consumption habits, to better product labelling, mandatory environmental standards and product stewardship.
Like you, we want a safe climate, abundant water supplies and secure natural resources. So we’re going to need to be smarter about how we produce and consume the stuff we buy everyday. At Environment Victoria, we think that starts at the beginning, when the product is made and it ends in the home with you.
We have the technology and expertise to make it happen. But we need your help to convince our government and industry leaders to implement the policies we need to be truly sustainable.
Get the latest buzz, below.
100 Days till Victorian election: parties on notice to protect the environment
21 August 2014
Federal Budget takes the axe to climate and environment protection and Coalition’s environment credentials
13 May 2014
Environment Victoria has described this evening’s Federal Budget as permanently damaging, both to the environment, but also to the Coalition’...more
Environment protection and programs slashed in State Budget
6 May 2014
With massive cuts to environmental programs and a failure to honor its 2010 election commitments, Environment Victoria has described today’s State Budget as backwards looking and damaging for the state...more
New analysis helps Australians navigate federal election promises on environment
13 August 2013
Budget abandons outstanding environment election promises
7 May 2013
Victorians urged to get in quick before solar hot water rebates axed
Friday, 3 May 2013
Environment Victoria has warned Victorians wanting to install solar hot water that they have weeks to act before the State Government abolishes the...more
Merger puts 'fox in hen house'
11 April 2013
Peter Collins, Warrnambool Standard
DSE merger signals risk antiquated approach to environment will continue
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Today Premier Naphine announced the merger of the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Primary Industry, as...more
Water use soars after heatwave
14 March 2013
Jason Dowling, The Age
The water use records keep tumbling this year, with Melbourne recording another record in the past week.
With temperatures well into the...more
Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle?
3 March 2013
David Sygall, The Age
Bottled water producers are facing increasing pressure as the product falls from favour among the industry's most loyal buyers....more
Coca Cola and their allies are working hard to block a cash for containers scheme for Australia that has huge support in the community.
Cash for containers, or the container deposit scheme (CDS), describes systems in which people pay a deposit for packaging when they buy a product...more
Get active in the One Planet Economy this month by visiting or running a Garage Sale. October is the best month to do it because Saturday 26 October is Garage Sale Trail day.
One powerful action we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet is simply to spend less...more
Do you think you could go a week without generating any waste?
It might sound impossible, but with our guide to zero-waste living you’re in with a fighting chance. Inspired by Moreland Council’s Zero Waste Challenge we’re challenging you to go a whole week without...more
I’ve recently taken two groups of North Melbourne residents, including some of our Recycle Now Recycle Champions, to SKM Recycling in Coolaroo to learn more about what happens after we put our household recycling products into the recycling bin.
These field trips, as always, have...more
Volunteering with Environment Victoria since December 2012 has been an interesting and rewarding experience thus far. My background has previously been in farming and the construction industry so the attitudes and objectives of the working environment when compared with an organisation like...more
- Victoria: green and growing |
- State budget submission 2009–10 |
- Victoria - the Green Jobs State. Seizing the opportunities |
- Victoria: The Green Jobs State - creating a green, prosperous and socially inclusive Victoria |
- Green Jobs Summit - Program |
- Green Jobs Summit - Tony Nicholson, CEO, Brotherhood of St Laurence |
- Building comparative advantage in the low carbon world: Victoria’s clean energy jobs opportunities |
- Increasing Victoria’s competitive advantage in green jobs. Tim Piper, Australian Industry Group |
- Barriers & opportunities through energy efficiency. Paul Murfitt, Moreland Energy Foundation |
- Ensuring that disadvantaged job seekers are involved in the emerging green jobs market. Michael Horn |