Make a difference with every dollar you spend this holiday season

09 December 2010

West Pymble Beauty TherapyAs part of the Better Business Partnership small- to medium-sized businesses across the North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai and Willoughby City Council areas are reducing their impact on the environment. More than 120 businesses are taking part in the program - reducing their energy and water use and the amount of waste going to land fill.  They are also involving their staff, supporting the community and making more sustainable purchasing and transport decisions.

Check out some sample routes. For a full list of the businesses taking part visit our website map.

Ku-ring-gai Council area
Prices PharmacyStart your day with a sustainably sourced coffee and breakfast roll at Pablo and Rusty’s Specialty Coffee in Gordon, then pop over to West Pymble Shopping Village where you can drop off your work suits at West Pymble Dry Cleaners, do your groceries at IGA, pick up meat for a BBQ at Campbell’s Superior Meats, have your hair styled and cut for the party season at Marie France Group and pick out toys for the children at Little Daisies. Then you are ready for a break stop at Munch Deli Café. Continue 30 metres down the road to buy some chocolates at Otellos Chocolates and Patisserie, have your teeth checked at Maxwell Swart and Associates, then follow this with a relaxing massage at West Pymble Beauty Therapy or have your shoulders adjusted after carrying all those bags at West Pymble Sports Injury Clinic Physiotherapy. Make sure you ask the businesses about their energy saving measures and keep an eye out for others in the Centre with the Better Business shop front sticker. The final stops on your itinerary might be West Pymble Cellars to pick up wine and some headache tablets at Price’s Pharmacy.

North Sydney Council area
Crows NestStart your holidays with a relaxing coffee in Crows Nest at Bean Drinking where they are passionate about social and environmental sustainability. Wander through Handcut to find something unique and ethically sourced to wear at Christmas or give as a gift and make a booking for a Christmas catch up dinner with friends at Mumu Grill. When you need a break, stop at the Rag and Famish Hotel in North Sydney for lunch and chat to them about how much water they have saved. Then mosey over to Kirribilli Books to find a good holiday read. Finish off the day with a session at Neutral Bay Physiotherapy to work away all the knots in your back from the past year of work.

Willoughby City Council area
Workshop Arts GalleryAfter you’ve dropped the children off to the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby for some holiday classes, leave the mower that is not coping with all the long grass at Artarmon Mowers. Whilst you’re in the Artarmon Village area, head over to Artarmon Vision Specialists for your new glasses and choose a stunning bouquet from Northside Flowers to say sorry for breaking that vase you didn’t see. Book your next holiday to get over this one at Flight Centre Artarmon and have a trim at Hair on Wilkes whilst your prescription is prepared at Nick Logan Pharmacist Advice. Pick up some salad at Artarmon Fruit Market and a chicken for lunch at Spitroast Shop Artarmon, then jump on the train to Your Skin Fitness Salon in Chatswood to buy some Christmas gift vouchers. Head home via the Castlecrag Quadrangle Shopping Village where you could pick up some meat from Sydney Butcher Boy’s, some wine at Castlecrag Cellars and a well earned coffee at Pam’s Café or Sugar and Spice, whichever has the shorter line.  When visiting participating businesses remember to ask about the actions they are taking to reduce energy and water use as well as waste which is helping to make the North Shore greener.

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