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Green Shopping

Shopping at a supermarket

Why not see if you can reduce your environmental impact by following the tips below?   

 

Shop Locally

 

  • Try to buy foods sourced locally; this means less carbon dioxide is released transporting goods.  Free Range Review is a website that lists and reviews local food producers in your area.
  • Use local retailers to minimise car use, and so reduce pollution and congestion.


Minimise Waste

 

  • Buy more loose items and fewer packaged goods; often the packaging is plastic which cannot be recycled.  
  • Use reusable bags.  Carrier bags can take an estimated 1,000 years to decay.    
  • Buy more durable items and fewer one off disposable items such as cameras and batteries.
  • Don’t waste food.  Around a third of the food we buy ends up being thrown in the bin, most of which could have been eaten (Source: Waste Resources Action Programme, WRAP). A campaign called Love Food Hate Waste has been launched by WRAP to reduce food waste.  A wealth of information is available on their website; from recipes using leftover food to information on portion control. 
Tea farmer, Uganda
Photographer: Simon Rawles

Ethical Choices

 

  • Buy organic food where possible; which is produced    

using sustainable and ethical farming practices, 

without the use of pesticides

  • Buy Fairtrade products.  Fairtrade ensures farmers get a fair deal for the crops they produce and they are paid a premium which contributes towards community facilities.  Producers work to protect the natural environment and use organic farming practices where possible.  Gosport Fairtrade Action has helped make Gosport a Fairtrade Town.  For more information about the group, you can email them or click on their website link above.