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Climate change is a big issue that demands big solutions. But there are lots of ways we can make a difference in our own lives too. For example, you could switch to an ethical super fund, get a green energy plan or cut down on plastics. Or maybe you want to do more but don't know where to start?
Finder Green is a resource to help you make changes that work for you and for the world. Here, you'll get details of the companies we've rated as most eco-friendly through the Finder Green Awards, links to our favourite sustainable shopping products (our Finder Green Faves) and in-depth chats with organisations doing their bit for the earth (in Going Green).
Plus a whole lot more about the different ways you can make greener choices.
Finder Green Awards
The Finder Green Awards are our home-grown awards system where we comb through hundreds of companies to find the most sustainable of the lot. You and millions of other Australians can feel good about taking your money to any of these award-winning companies, because they're doing their bit for the planet.
Here are some important criteria we used in judging:
- Greenhouse gas emissions/carbon neutrality.
- Renewable energy use.
- Minimal landfill waste.
- Climate-friendly products (reused, refurbished, recycled).
- Sustainable delivery and packaging.
Some winners include:
There are so many people, businesses and organisations that are helping the earth through their work. In the Going Green series, we ask them five questions to see what they're up to and why they're so keen on going green.
There are lots of big businesses that don't seem to care about climate change and the environment, except when it comes to their bottom line. But there is also a growing number of ethical businesses and organisations that are focused on helping the environment. Here, you'll find out about green banks, super funds, insurers, other lenders and even ethical investment options you can choose to help your money make a positive change.
Australia's greenest banks
Looking for a bank that does right by the planet? Check out the Finder Green Award Bank of the Year, other nominees and what makes them a greener option.
Invest in renewable energy
Want to get stocks that match your values? Check out this guide on how to pick renewable energy options.
Another investment option, many ethical exchange traded funds (ETFs) have clear guidelines around sustainability. And the top-performing ethical ETF had returns of almost 37% in 2019.
Green energy is not new (Australia has had solar technology for over 30 years, for example). But it has taken a while for energy providers to offer more green options. The good news is, switching to a greener energy company doesn't have to cost a fortune. In some cases, it could even save you money and these guides take you through some different options.
Lots of energy companies now have GreenPower plans that connect you to renewable energy sources including solar, wind and hydro. Find out how it works and compare GreenPower plans here.
Green energy companies
Looking for the greenest energy company in Australia? Find out what counts as green and which brands to look at – including Finder Green Award finalists and winners.
Compare energy companies based on ratings from the independent Green Electricity Guide (GEG), which looks at factors including emissions, carbon offsets and support for renewable energy.
Travel doesn't have to leave a big trail of carbon footprints. There is a growing number of ways you can travel responsibly, from buying carbon-offsets for your flights to choosing sustainable accommodation and eco-friendly tours.
Eco friendly flight guide
Get simple tips to shrink your carbon footprint when you fly, and find out what airlines are doing to help.
Sustainable beauty brands
Find out about plant-based and organic beauty options, including those with sustainable packaging or recycling programs.
Ethical high street fashion
Find brands that have a focus on doing right by people and the planet, with clear guidelines for everything from the fabrics used to working conditions and carbon offsets.
Cut your carbon footprint by switching up your homewares with everything from resuable coffee cups and drink bottles to metal straws and cutlery.
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