Sustainable City Guide to Adelaide, Australia

Article by Bailey

The Guardian named Adelaide “Australia’s greenest city” in 2016, and with all of the sustainable programs and striving to be the world’s first carbon neutral city and an international leader in environmental change, it is sure to be a trailblazer for cities across Australia. Next time you visit Adelaide and you’re looking for sustainable places to stay, eat, or shop at, check out our list below! We put together a Sustainable City Guide to Adelaide, Australia with some of the best spots you can experience during your time down under.

1. Stay at the Mayfair Hotel

A beautiful 5-star hotel that also practices sustainability and has a beehive on their rooftop? Yes please, bees! The Mayfair Hotel has been very strongly embracing and utilizing the local Australian produce and installed beehives on its roof to provide fresh honey-infused cocktails, dishes, and menus. Executive Chef, Bethany Finn, even kept the bees in her own home while the Mayfair prepared for their arrival! Their rooftop home also includes lots of plants to help with the wind and provide water. How cool is that?

Photo above: The Mayfair Hotel, courtesy of The Mayfair Hotel

2. Eat at GoodLife Pizza

This Aussie pizza joint sources all organic, fresh produce for their pizza and other side dishes, so you can be certain that your food is coming from good places! They spend time in the local farms, markets, and with organic growers to make sure they’re getting the best possible items for their food; they put in the extra time and effort as to not compromise the quality.

In terms of sustainability, the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia named GoodLife Pizza as Australia’s first certified organic pizza place in 2004, while it’s extended its efforts to become carbon neutral in 2008. All of the carbon produced by GoodLife is offset through the NSW Carbon Abatement Scheme. You can surely feel good about grubbing down on this pizza!

Photo above: GoodLife Pizza, courtesy of GoodLife Pizza

3. Shop at GOOD STUDIOS

Looking for some quality clothes or accessories to remember your time in Adelaide? GOOD STUDIOS is the place to check out! Reigning as a sustainable clothing and home good store in Australia, GOOD STUDIOS utilizes hemp fabrics to create beautiful goods that are 100% Australian made and designed. Their collections follow a timeless style and color palette, using sustainable fabrics, organic hemp and cotton, as well as recycled nylon for their swimwear. Who said shopping can’t be good for the environment? 

GOOD STUDIOS also uses biodegradable packaging for their stores and online orders, and encourages their customers to keep using the reusable garment bags that their items come in! In 2015, they teamed up with a local Australian business, Carbon Neutral, and became part of their Plant a Tree Program, so when a customer purchases online, a portion of the proceeds go directly towards planting a native tree in Australia.

Photo above: GOOD STUDIOS, courtesy of GOOD STUDIOS

Of course, when you're in Adelaide, there are loads of places where you can find fresh, local cuisine and ethically-made or sourced clothes and souvenirs. Don't forget to explore the beautiful nature and all of the beaches Australia has to offer! Another location only a hop, skip and jump across the water is Bali, Indonesia. Check out our article on Honeymooning in Bali here