From food to fashion, Adelaide is abuzz with sustainable practices. We’ve selected 6 local friends who we think are doing exciting things in this area and hope their amazing work inspires more people to do the same!

Mayfair Hotel

Amongst the hustle and bustle of the CBD, a hidden bee oasis hides on the rooftop of one of Adelaide’s most prestigious hotels. With a strong sustainability ethos, Chef Bethany Finn prioritises supporting your local and the protection of bees in both rural and urban areas. What better way to combine the two than through the Mayfair Rooftop Bees Project?

The project sees the Mayfair Hotel join the growing sustainability trend of creating and tending to beehives atop of metropolitan buildings. Since installation of the hives three years ago, the bees have found their pollination flight path and, with all of their resources on the roof, they don’t have to travel very far to find the good stuff! 😏

As an added bonus, the honeycomb that they’ve been producing is now enhancing much of the Mayfair’s menu - from the muesli to the cocktails.   

Cafe Troppo

In a post about sustainability, how could we go past mentioning our friends at Cafe Troppo? We love talking about them, partly because they caffeinate us, but mostly because they are an incredible example of what is possible in the way of sustainable cafe practices.

Cafe Troppo have considered sustainability at every step. From the interior design which makes use of materials that are natural or reclaimed, to the meals that are plated up with as many local and home grown ingredients as possible. With their roots tied to community and environment, they’ve highlighted just how achievable it is to have a successful, widely loved, CBD cafe. And with sustainability intertwined throughout the entire business approach.

Heyday Store

We’re venturing a little out of the CBD with this one. Heyday Store is located on King William Street in Hyde Park. They’ve turned a hole-in-the-wall space into a bright, amazingly scented hub of ethical, handmade treasures. As self proclaimed stockists of beautiful and useful items, Heyday emphasise Slow Fashion and the art of conscious shopping.

Currently, their range includes ethical fashion legends like Vege Threads, Good Studios, and funkis. Heading into Christmas Heyday Store will be a great go-to for gifts, where we can lift a little of that over-consumption guilt while support artists and brands doing great things for the slow fashion revolution.

Tyrecycle

Something that is quite relevant and important to EcoCaddy is how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle within our own business. As our fleet of bamboo trikes grows, so too does our tyre usage. When it comes to recycling old tyres the benefits are huge. From new tyre manufacturing and building insulation, to surfaces for roads, playgrounds, and sporting fields. Recycled tyres can have numerous uses when given a second life.

Tyrecycle is the largest tyre recycling company in Australia. They recycle all collected tyres in an environmentally friendly way; through machines with relatively small operating footprints and in accordance with environmental regulations. As of 2017 it was reported that they were collecting 60% of tyres in Australia and the SA facility (the first in the state) is able to process 25,000 tonnes of rubber annually.

Here at EcoCaddy, we’ve been sending tyres their way for many years. We love the idea that our tyres have lived a life in pursuit of sustainability and can continue to live that in their next stage.

Adelaide Convention Centre

‘Honest Goodness’. This is how the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) have defined their new menu by Executive Chef Gavin Robertson. Filled to the brink with nutritious foods, the menu was created alongside research dieticians from CSIRO and SAMRI professors specialising in nutrition.

Their approach is sustainable not only for human health, but also their supply chain. Sourcing foods from local, sustainable environments optimises freshness, supports local artisan producers, and promotes a transparent supply chain.  

As a hotspot for visitors to South Australia, having such a showcase of local produce is also great for the reputation of our State, and economic sustainability.