Nine Sustainable Shopping Tips
The choices we make whenever we go shopping can have a significant impact on our future and on the environment. Sustainable shopping means showing retailers and manufacturers we want more eco-friendly options, and as a result, more demand will be created for them. It’s good to know we have environmentally friendly choices when shopping for food and groceries, electrical appliances, and furniture.
Here are our top tips for sustainable shopping:
- Buy local. This is important especially when buying food. Whenever possible, buy local and seasonal food products that haven’t traveled thousands of miles before getting to you. Support your local farmer’s market — this way, you’re helping the farmers in your area and you’re guaranteed you’re eating fresh and all-organic produce.
- Buy recycled. Buying recycled products not only saves energy and resources, but also reduces the amount of waste we bring into our landfills. It is important we recycle the products we use, but that is only half the equation. It is also important to purchase things made of recycled materials.
- Bring your own bag. To reduce waste, make it a habit of bringing your own eco-friendly reusable bag on every shopping trip.
- Choose sustainable wood. We use a lot of wood products over our lifetime. It is best to ensure any timber product we buy — starting from garden chairs to paper, envelopes and toilet rolls carry the FSC or Forest Stewardship Council label. If you can’t find products c with the FSC seal, ask the store manager to start supplying them.Make sure you recycle those pallets.
- Eat sustainable seafood. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification mark when shopping for seafood, fish, tuna or salmon. This type of certification gives you a simple way to identify and buy seafood from well-managed sources.
- Always opt for less packaging. This is a great way of reducing. Excessive product packaging simply means more waste. Eco-friendly packaging means less demand on resources and less waste going into landfills. Landfills release immense amounts of methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas that is a significant factor in climate change.
- Choose natural and biodegradable cleaning products. Greener cleaning products have less negative impact on the soil and water system.
- Buy appliances that are energy-efficient. If you’re looking to buy a new home appliance, like a TV, washing machine, refrigerator or air conditioner, look for the most energy and water efficient model within your budget range. Look for Energy Star seals on the appliances — they may cost a little more, but they will save you on your electric and water bills.
- Always think before buying. To reduce overconsumption, buy items that will last longer instead of buying the exact same item several times. You can also consider purchasing a secondhand item. Also, consider reducing the number of materials your household uses by buying items in bulk. If an appliance or furniture is broken, think about repairing it before completely getting rid of it. If you’re upgrading, you can sell the items you no longer instead of tossing them in the trash.
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