TWENTY minutes on the clock, $150 to spend, sustainability on the agenda. On your marks, get set, go!
Yesterday’s sustainable shopping challenge had two groups racing around the Woolworths supermarket in north Orange with one mission in mind.
The Orange Ex-Services’ Club team narrowly beat a team from Orange Credit Union in the Love Food Hate Waste shopping challenge final.
Netwaste environmental learning advisor Sue Clarke said teams were judged on points, with extra points awarded for more sustainable items.
“They had a $150 budget, 20 minutes and had to purchase for a family of two, a single mother and her young son,” she said.
Shoppers had set items to purchase, including toilet paper, cleaning products and tea or coffee, but the rest was up to them.
Bonus points were awarded for products that were Australian made, certified organic and phosphorous free.
Judges were also on the lookout for locally-produced products and minimal packaging.
“Both of the teams had to provide menu plans,” she said.
“We also looked at minimal packaging and they were amazing what they came up with.
“There’s things available, it’s just a matter of looking.”
Ms Clarke said she was impressed by the forward-planning and shopping of both teams, however, there was one small difference that led to the Orange Ex-Services’ Club’s win.
“The difference between the two teams was more in the packaging,” she said.
The event was held as part of Orange Sustainable Living Week, which winds up today.