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Going Green with Aussie Pharma Direct: The Importance of Local Sourcing in Reducing Carbon Footprint

Going Green with Aussie Pharma Direct: The Importance of Local Sourcing in Reducing Carbon Footprint

, by Aussie Pharma Direct, 6 min reading time

In recent years, sustainability has become a popular topic among modern consumers because people are becoming more concerned about climate change, pollution and other environmental problems and how human activity plays a part in it. This means consumers are more conscious of what they are purchasing and who they’re purchasing from, including how the product was made and sourced. 

With the increased awareness that their buying choices have a direct impact on the environment, more people are looking for ways to reduce their ecological footprint. This has led to a trend towards sustainable shopping, where consumers prioritise products and brands that are environmentally friendly, ethically produced, and socially responsible. 

Recognising this, Aussie Pharma Direct is one of the many Australian companies that have taken the initiative to build their core business value in ensuring products are locally sourced - a.k.a made in Australia.

But first things first: Why is sustainability important?

Admit it or not, humans are naturally connected to nature in such a way that when there are even the slightest changes to the climate or to the natural resources because of our actions, it has a direct impact on our health and well-being too. This is why the move for promoting environmentally conscious practices has become more urgent than ever as it ensures our natural resources are conserved and used in a responsible manner, so that they can be enjoyed by both present and future generations.

Sustainability in Australia and how sourcing local products promote that

These days, global consumers are increasingly willing to pay for sustainability as the demand for environmentally-friendly alternatives grows, and Australians are also part of this shift in purchasing behaviour, especially when it comes to shopping for everyday products. As Australians become increasingly aware of how purchasing behaviour contributes to the environment, sourcing locally has become a crucial factor in promoting and building sustainability. 

There are reasons why locally sourced products play a major part in environmental sustainability. But first, let’s get to the basics on the concept of locally sourced products. If you’re wondering what it means, locally sourced products are goods and services that are produced and consumed within the same geographic region. These products are typically sold by local businesses, farmers, and artisans, and can include anything from fresh produce, safety products to handmade crafts.

With that in mind, buying products made close to home means that the products do not have to travel long distances to reach their destination, reducing the amount of transportation-related emissions and energy use. This can help to lower carbon emissions and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the product.

The carbon footprint of transportation: Understanding the environmental impact of moving products

The process of transportation typically involves the use of fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel, which release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Transporting products, especially over long distances, can have a significant impact on carbon emissions and the environment as these emissions contribute to climate change, which can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects on the environment, including rising sea levels, more frequent and severe weather events, and changes to natural habitats and ecosystems.

The environmental impact of transportation-related emissions is particularly significant when it comes to global trade, where products may be transported across the world to reach their final destination. Depending on the mode of transportation, distance travelled, and weight of the product, the carbon footprint of a product can result in large amounts of carbon emissions. 

However, it’s important to note that carbon footprint isn’t just measured on how the products are transported but also taking into account emissions associated with the production of the product.

Imported goods may be good quality-wise but not when they affect the environment

The transportation of goods involves various modes of transportation, such as air, sea, and land. The transportation of goods by air results in the highest amount of carbon emissions, followed by sea and land transportation.

As an example, in the case of transporting a facial cleanser from Germany to Australia, the product would likely be transported by sea or air. The distance between the two countries is approximately 16,000 kilometers, which would result in a significant amount of carbon emissions.

To estimate the carbon footprint of transporting a facial cleanser from Germany to Australia, we need to consider various factors such as the weight of the product, mode of transportation, distance, and fuel type. A rough estimation of the carbon footprint of transporting a 100ml bottle of facial cleanser by sea would be around 0.05kg CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), while transporting the same product by air would result in around 0.15kg CO2e.

Although the carbon footprint of a single product may seem insignificant, it can add up quickly, especially when considering the millions of products transported globally each day.

Which is why sourcing locally produced products in Australia can help to reduce carbon footprint by reducing the need for long-distance transportation and minimising the associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Embracing local products through Aussie Pharma Direct - a step forward for going green

So, now you’ve got the idea of why reducing the carbon footprint of even a single product is important. Sourcing locally plays one of the major roles in promoting sustainability and protecting the environment by reducing carbon footprint , making it a key consideration for eco-conscious consumers, and Aussie Pharma Direct has made significant strides in this regard.

Aussie Pharma Direct partner with Australian manufacturers who share their core values of protecting the environment, and are very selective in the products they distribute, especially when they have a significant impact on the environment. 

Top brands such as Good Riddance, ViroCLEAR, 123 Nourish Me, and many others that Aussie Pharma Direct distributes are Australian-owned brands that produce a range of personal care and household products. As these products are made locally in Australia, this means that there is not a need for long-distance transportation, which aligns with Aussie Pharma Direct’s aim to reduce the carbon footprint of the products from the manufacturer up till the doorstep of consumers.

Daniel Seldon, the founder of Aussie Pharma Direct, believes that by choosing to work with Australian manufacturers, Aussie Pharma Direct not only helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the products but it also supports local businesses, creating more jobs and contributing to the growth of the local economy.

“By sourcing our products locally, we can reduce our carbon footprint and support the local economy. It also allows us to have greater control and transparency over the production process, ensuring that the products we distribute are of the highest quality and sustainably made. We are committed to promoting environmental sustainability as a business, and we believe that sourcing locally is one of the many ways we can make a positive impact on the environment and the community."

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