Motivated by student concerns about environmental sustainability, Curtin Student Guild has swapped its food packaging to biodegradable and compostable products.
The Guild operates a range of food outlets across Curtin University’s Bentley campus as well as a catering service.
Each year, Curtin students and staff consume close to 100,000 hot meals, 35,000 sandwiches and rolls, 6000 breakfasts, 300,000 pieces of sushi and 800,000 espresso shots.
The Guild has replaced plastic take-away containers with carbon neutral packages made from sugarcane pulp, a renewable by-product of sugar refining. Plastic cutlery is a thing of the past and the Curtin community now has its coffee fix from environmentally friendly cups.
At the same time, the Guild has introduced bioplastic cups for cold drinks, sustainable straws, recyclable cardboard trays for student favourites such as burgers and compostable and recyclable containers for sushi which is made and packaged on site every day.
The carbon footprint of our green coffee cups alone is 75% less than conventional plastics and on a campus of Curtin’s size that is a significant environmental win.
The Guild’s food and beverage team have worked hard to introduce sustainable products that meet the needs of students and staff, stand up to heat and cold temperatures and complement the taste, texture and presentation of food.”
As well the Guild has carried out energy audit and identified improvements which that have reduced our energy consumption.
Curtin Environmental Action Network
This is a community for Curtin students who are interested taking action on climate change, pursuing environmental initiatives and allows like minded students to connect and stay updated on events, protests, beach cleans ups, petitions or just reducing the single-use plastics in your daily life.
Clean Up Australia
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
Coastal Cleanup Crew
A group of young environmentalists picking up rubbish and spreading awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution on our planet and what we as individuals can do to help.
Keep Australia Beautiful
Do you feel frustrated by seeing litter lying around your street, park or local beach? Then why not adopt that spot and volunteer to help keep your spot litter-free.
Resources & Programs
EMRC Waste Education
The EMRC Waste Education website contains information on programs, local council information, resources, education programs and practical hints on how to manage your waste more effectively.
Encouraging and assisting residents and businesses in Western Australia to recycle, reduce their waste and live more sustainably.
Loose Produce (Victoria Park)
We take fresh ingredients and create delicious take home meals just waiting for you to heat them up and serve them. Nutritious, delicious and most importantly so easy for you and your family.
The Source Bulk Foods (Victoria Park)
We encourage all of our customers to bring their own refillable bags and bottles when shopping instore.
Wasteless Pantry (Bassendean / Mundaring)
Wasteless Pantry is all about helping you live a fuller yet waste free lifestyle. Whether you are refilling your pantry with nuts, spices, dried fruit, oils, vinegars or coffee beans; switching your cleaning to locally sourced and natural products; going low tox in your bathroom and beauty routines; or swapping to plastic free reusables throughout your life we have you covered!
Curtin Bike Hub (with suggest routes)
There’s a fantastic network of shared paths in and around the university to make it safe for you to cycle and a wide selection of places to park your bike while you’re on campus.
Car Next Door
Book by the hour or by the day with damage cover and roadside assistance. Great for trips down the street or up the coast.
DriveMyCar is a peer-to-peer service that makes it possible for car owners to rent their car to other people.