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Ethical Purchasing

Every purchase has hidden human health, environmental and social impacts, and that it is possible to reduce adverse impacts by buying 'better' products.

Whether you are purchasing clothing, coffee, furniture or construction materials, considerations should include:

  • The environmental cost of sourcing the product
  • The life cycle cost of the product - i.e. can the product be reused or recycled?
  • Where the product has been produced and the distance the product has traveled to get to you - is it local, Australian made or shipped in from overseas?
  • Social equality - does the product have an ethical certification.

The University's stationery supplier, Winc has an extensive range of EarthSaver products which have been classified against a set of environmental criteria, such as recycled content and product end-of-life.

Ethical Purchasing Guide

Download the Ecoversity Ethical Purchasing Guide for instructions on how to order ethical and environmentally friendly products. There are commonly purchased catering items, stationery and office products, plus an overview about why the University has chosen to select Winc as our preferred supplier.

  • What You Can Do
    • Purchase 100% recycled copy paper, paper towel and tissues 
    • Consider environmentally-friendly products when purchasing new stationery and office items
    • Buy Fair Trade items, such as tea, coffee and chocolate
    • Provide durable, reusable dishware and silverware for staff and visitors, rather than disposable items
    • If disposable plates are essential, purchase compostable items rather than plastic or paper
    • If you have the space, buy kitchen items like sugar,  coffee and tea, in bulk to reduce waste
    • Purchase Australian made where possible
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