How to Shop with the Planet in Mind
It’s fair to say that recently the idea that we each have a carbon footprint cannot be avoided. With people like Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough constantly advocating the need for change and protests taking place across the planet it feels like now more than ever we need to be aware the impression we make on the Earth. Sometimes however, no matter how good our intentions are we can easily fall prey to the tricks and traps that large companies set for us, eager to make money no matter the toll it takes on the world. One place we need to be aware of this in particular is in our supermarkets. So, here are a few tips on how to shop green and avoid planet destroying pitfalls where possible.
Think About What You Need
It’s hard to walk around a store and not want to take advantage of its copious offers, designed specifically to make you shove more items into that trolley of yours. What you need to figure out is will be buying more be more efficient or will it simply produce more wastage? Often it depends on just what you’re buying, purchasing dry goods like flour, cereals and sugar can actually cut down on wastage as it means you’ll have less packaging and tins can always help you stock up for a while. If, however, it’s buy one get one half price on goods that will quickly perish you’ll want to think about whether or not you will actually consume them in time. You know your meals so just think carefully and plan what you need before you head out.
By shopping locally at a market or grocers, you can ensure that the stock you’re purchasing was also grown locally. Whoever you purchase those goods from should be able to tell you exactly where they came from, making it easy for you to find out just how they are grown. In the case of food and drink less commercial the product, often the better the quality and the better it is for the environment too. Large companies aim to produce their stock as quickly and as cheaply as possible so bear that in mind if you just need to purchase a few items of fruit and veg.
Be Wary of Large-Scale Farming
Large scale farms are terrible not just for the amount of pollution they produce but also for the way in which they treat their livestock. A tremendous amount of water, food and of course fossil fuel is used in order to produce the quantities of meat these places push out. And seeing as they have so many animals kept in their facilities they are rarely kept in good conditions, a “free range” farm can simply be what we know as a battery farm that allows their chickens to roam free for about 15 minutes a day. In fact, if you are really serious about being green It’s probably worth cutting out meat altogether.