BSA knows sustainability is a key concern for our students. We want to show you what we are doing to make the Bendigo Student Association as sustainable as possible.
Please note: these initiatives were undertaken before the COVID-19 shut downs, and some had to be amended to suit the restrictions at the time. We can't wait to bring more inventive ways of reducing our impact when we return to campus.
BSA Cup Library
BSA Cup library is a great way to drink responsibly if you are forgetful in bringing along your own reuasable hot drink vessel! All cups in the BSA cup library were donated by the staff of La Trobe University Bendigo campus, so you might just be using your lecturer's 'I love Mum' mug. Which we think is hilarious.
Ever wanted to know what happens to the Sweeney's scraps that come out of that fast moving kitchens? Ponder no longer as those lovely scraps end up feeding the fabulous Sweeney's chooks! Manager Rae's property has some very happy chooks thanks to our lunches!
Food Share Program
The advocacy team are proud to be able to not only assist students who require a bit of a 'leg up' with their groceries...while also diverting perfectly edible food from the waste stream! Donated by local supermarkets in the area, Foodshare is feel good support in so many different ways!
BSA and La Trobe University have worked together to ensure Sweeney's and the BSA free lunch/breakfast programs were using sustainable packaging. We have invested in Biopak for all our packaging needs to ensure renewable, compostable, plant based packaging is provided to students.
Takeaway cup surcharge
Naughty naughty! Call it a surcharge or call it a throwaway fine, but Sweeney's take their sustainability seriously! So now if you still cannot get a mug library mug or BYO cup, you will get hit with a 20cent convenience fee!
Student kitchenette station
When encouraging students and staff to BYO cutlery, mugs, we realised its only fair you have a way to ensure your bag doesn't smell like your lunch. BSA provides washing up supplies in the student kitchenette. Right next to the filtered & heated water taps.
Reusable cutlery sets
Don't like bambo cutlery? You can pick up a handy reuasable cutlery set from Sweeney's for all your lunchtime dining including a knife, fork, spoon, chopstick and handy storage pouch. Throw a cloth napkin in there and you are set!
Lovely local coffee
Sweeney's coffee is the best and part of that is the locally roasted, Certified Fairtrade Coffee roaster. Custom Coffees alliance with Fairtrade Australia guarantees that the coffees included their Fairtrade blends are ethically sourced. Delicious!
BSA offices have been doing everything we can to get a bit greener. Staff blinds have been changed for improved temperature control, indoor plants for better air quality (and staff morale!) plus our office has been a part of the university LED change over program.