Greens & Co win green business award

David and Gabby Locke and the Entire Tech team receiving their Switched on Business Award from City of Armadale Mayor and Chairperson of the South East Regional Energy Group, Ruth Butterfield. They were joined by Cr Aaron Adams (City of Gosnells / SEREG delegate), City of Melville Business Development Advisor Stuart Tomlinson and Sustainability Engagement Officer Jess Sutherland. Photo credit: City of Melville. 

Leederville icon Greens & Co have impressed customers with their creative décor and delicious coffee for over a decade. The environmental ethos inspiring their upcycled outfit had flown under the radar, until they scooped the Switched on Business award.

Wise to waste

Greens & Co takeaway coffees are a steal for just $2, but only for customers who bring a reusable cup. The café wanted to send a clear signal to customers that they support BYO cups and co-owners Deb Saunders and Stuart Lofthouse have put their money where their mouth is! Since implementing the whopping discount last year they have seen a steady decrease in the number of takeaway cups heading out the door and into landfill.  

Saving each drop

Dedicated to not wasting a drop, the crew at Greens & Co reuse their water. Water captured in the kitchen sink is thrown on the thriving garden at the back of the café. The owners have also chosen a waterwise washing machine to take care of their dirty linens and aprons. Choosing water efficient appliances is important in WA’s drying climate.

Hint: Next time you’re picking up a dishwasher or washing machine for the business or home pay attention to the water efficiency star rating.

Natural climate control

Like many businesses Greens & Co hope to have solar panels one day, but at the moment it’s not feasible for them. Instead they reduce their energy bill with simple hacks you can replicate in your home and office.

High ceilings, floor  to ceiling windows and fans help visitors keep cool in Greens & co. The café is air-conditioned but finds that in Perth throwing open the doors and windows is enough to keep the temperature pleasant most of the time.

Hint: Homes and businesses can slash their energy bills by welcoming in fresh air during Perth’s mild months rather than pumping electricity into climate control.


Greens & Co is known for its upcycled décor, a demonstration of their commitment to a small environmental footprint. The café is willing to repurpose anything that still has a bit of life in it. That’s why you’ll be served your coffee on a recycled milk crate while you sit on a comfy couch that has already been broken in.

Hint: Showcasing how products can be reused and recycled can change the community’s perspective about waste.