Sustainability in the suburbs provides an opportunity for the community and local businesses to be involved in promoting and celebrating sustainability and our environment. Sharing stories, knowledge and ideas help us all live, eat and play the sustainable way!  By working together we can protect and enhance our environment and its liveability for current and future generations.

Keep an eye out for our locals sharing their sustainability tips and tricks or share yours using #sustainableipswich.

You will also find a heap of ideas and links to the right showing how easy it is to live more sustainably.


Growing a local economy

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said sustainability meant many things.

"Valuing the natural environment and believing that economic prosperity and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. Try and find the sustainable option in all my actions and purchases. Also avoid plastic wherever possible!"

Wendy Ipswich Good Food GroupWendy shows us inside Ipswich Good Food Group which lives up to all of those local sustainability ideals.

"We are always looking for environmentally friendly options, sustainable options and options that are ethical so that the farmer is getting a good price and producers are getting a reasonable return on all their hard work. Which makes for a sustainable future."


Big things on a small block

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said you would love to be more 'green' in your backyard but the size of your block was too small.

"Support for people to grow their own food in small spaces (fresh and affordable". "Grow my own food/compost on a small block".

Jen MouritzIpswich resident Jen shows us how you can do things like start a compost, even if you don't have much space!

"Where you can, do what you can with what you have. That doesn't mean people feel pressured to live a perfectly sustainable life. But it means if they do what they can, with what they have, then it's a good way to think about what resources they have in their home and how they can use that better and become more sustainable."


Growing your own food

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said growing your own food was one way you would like to be more sustainable in your everyday life.

"Growing my own food as the soil on my property is not the best for growing things and I'm also unsure of how to".

Kate WallProfessional gardener Kate Wall shows us how to create a productive backyard patch suited to Ipswich conditions.

"A lot of people have been wanting to grow veggies, particularly during this time of lockdown, but not everyone knows how to get started. That's where I'm going to come in today and give you a helping hand."


Environmental responsibility

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said that sustainability meant people taking action now to make sure we all have a future.

"Everyone should be responsible to do their bit". "Preserve the environment now for future generations."

Chris WileyPine Mountain resident Chris, a Land for Wildlife member, is restoring his weed-ridden property back to its natural glory.

"I feel that all property owners are custodians of their land for such a limited period of time, and so I feel a moral obligation and responsibility to leave the land in a better condition that what it was when I first got it."


Brett BriggsBusinesses doing their bit

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said that we all need to take action - individuals, the community and business and government.

"Larger corporations contributing". "Finding ways to use things more wisely, so that we can live in a better society!"

Keep an eye out for videos showcasing Ipswich businesses who are finding different ways to be more sustainable, and the benefits that provides.


Kaitlyn LeedsSingle-use plastic

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said getting rid of single-use plastic and packaging would be a big help towards being more sustainable in your everyday life.

"Using less packaging. Also sometimes the choice is not the consumer's as the shop or manufacturer does the packaging."

Keep an eye out for a video with an Ipswich resident on how they are getting rid of single-use plastic from their life.


Sustainability in the Suburbs logoOptions for recycling glass

In our Sustainable Ipswich community engagement you said that glass recycling was something you wanted to do more in your everyday life.

"Glass recycling - want to do the right thing - hard to get to recycling stations". "Not everyone can drive to a drop off".

Keep an eye out for a video with an Ipswich resident on a different way that they ensure their glass is recycled - without having to leave their front door.