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Australia Post Headquarters goes green for World Environment Day

Australia Post joined millions of people around the world in celebrating World Environment Day on Friday 5 June.  A range of activities at the 5 Star Green Star-rated Melbourne headquarters highlighted some of the little things we can all do to help build a better environment.

Just outside 111 Bourke Street, Brookfield’s Southern Cross Lane was transformed into a mini farmers market with growers from Australia Post’s very own Farmhouse Direct displaying and selling their wares, highlighting the benefits of buying direct from the producers. Passers-by were also treated to a green oasis courtesy of 'Do it on the Roof', who showed us how simple it is to grow your own veggies in garden beds made of recycled wooden pallets. Some people were lucky enough to take home seedlings to get started on their own gardening project.

Recycling stations were also set up and old mobile phones, printer cartridges and even old toothbrushes were collected to be recycled via our existing partnerships with MobileMuster, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and TerraCycle. Around 1,000 KeepCups – the world’s first reusable cup – were also given away on the day to employees who made an environmental pledge. With 500 billion disposable cups manufactured around the world every year, reusable cups are a small but very effective way to help reduce the level of waste going to landfill.

The World Environment Day celebrations were a great snapshot of some of the key environmental sustainability initiatives Australia Post supports at its locations and in the wider community. The Environmental Sustainability team hope to run similar activities across Australia.

Australia Post is a GBCA member and sponsor of Green Building Day 2015.