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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.

Benefits of sustainable living

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Living more sustainably, at home, at work and when you travel, has all sorts of benefits. The payback for our environment and the planet is obvious, but there are also lots of benefits to be gained personally from a more sustainable approach to everyday living.

  • Save money - reduce your energy consumption, generate your own power, cut back on water use, grow your own food, reuse, buy recycled and second-hand goods, or buy in bulk. It’ll save you money – and help the environment.
  • Be healthier - be more sustainable by walking and cycling instead of using the car sometimes, buy and prepare good quality locally-produced food, and eat less meat. All of these actions are great for your wellbeing.
  • Detox - cut out toxic chemicals by switching from supermarket household and cleaning products to more natural, cheaper alternatives. It’ll be good for your health, the health of your home, and your pocket. 
  • Reconnect with your community - sustainable living relies on people working together. Whether you’re buying locally-produced goods or getting involved in a community project, you’ll make connections with new people.
  • Grow your knowledge and skills - as your lifestyle becomes more sustainable and you do things differently, you’ll develop new knowledge and skills. Sharing that experience is a great way to inspire others to do the same.
  • Improve your quality of life - every effort you make to live more sustainably adds up, and you’ll soon notice the difference to your life. Whether you have more money, feel healthier, feel more productive or more in touch with where you live, your quality of life will have improved in some way, and so will your contribution to our planet’s future.

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