October 26, 2014

Shopping sustainably made easy: look for green (and gold) products

Purchasing and consuming local products and produce is one of the easiest ways to boost your sustainability.

While the decision to purchase Australian Made products is often related to your own health and wellbeing, it also has an impact on the health and wellbeing of Australia as a whole. Buying local reduces environmental impact, while at the same time supporting local industry.

Australian Made Logo

“Australia has some of the highest quality and safety manufacturing standards in the world, and our clean green, environment generates exceptional produce,” Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said.

“When you buy Australian Made and Australian Grown, not only can you be sure that you’re getting great quality, but you can also count on the fact that you are reducing your carbon footprint, reinvesting back into your local community and contributing to a sustainable Australian economy.”

“The easiest way to identify genuine Aussie products is to look for the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo,” Mr Harrison said.

The AMAG logo is the registered certification trade mark that labels a product as authentically made or grown in Australia.

“Small adjustments to daily consumption habits can have a significant flow-on effect and make a big difference overall,” Mr Harrison said.

“We have the infrastructure in place now, including local markets and specialist food networks, which provides for consumers who are passionate about eating something that has been grown within a short distance from where they live, and there are restaurants which cleverly supplement that.”

“It’s almost always possible to source a local alternative – at the supermarket, when shopping for home wares or when replenishing office supplies – when making purchases of any kind,” Mr Harrison said.

The AMAG logo can only be used on products that are registered with the not-for-profit organisation Australian Made Campaign Limited. The strict set of rules governing the logo’s use also require that it must always be used with one of five descriptors; ‘Australian Made’, ‘Australian Grown’, ‘Product of Australia’, ‘Australian Seafood’ or ‘Australian’ (for export use only). To use the logo goods must meet the criteria set out in the Australian Consumer Law as well the more stringent Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo Code of Practice.

To find Australian Made and Australian Grown products, visit the Australian Made Campaign online product directory: www.australianmade.com.au/search.

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