Today's society is consumer based which means we have great consumer power. As more people buy environment-friendly products, suppliers must meet this demand. Next time, you are out shopping, look a little closer at the labelling and think a little harder about where your shopping came from and how it was produced.
Choose Fresh Produce Carefully
- Buy organic produce. The cultivation of non-organic produce involves the use of damaging chemicals such as pesticides, which can pollute waterways and the rest of the environment.
- Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season to help reduce enormous transport costs resulting from importing produce and, where possible, choose locally produced food.
- Replace one meat meal per week with a vegetarian option. Land used for beans and vegetables produces 10 times as much protein as land used for raising beef.
Use Your Consumer Power
- Don't buy products with excessive amounts of packaging and, where possible, choose products with re-useable containers.
- Buy pump-action sprays rather than aerosols – even alternatives to CFCs can contribute to greenhouse gases.
- Buy recycled or recyclable products such as toilet tissue and stationery.
- If you can't see recycled or 'eco-labelled' products, ask the store manager to stock them.
Reduce Your Personal Impact
- If you are going to the supermarket by car, take a friend with you – one car journey is better than two.
- Take your own bag or re-use plastic carriers when shopping.
- Buy in bulk wherever possible – it saves packaging and money.
- Environmental claims on labels don't necessarily make any difference to the environmental impact of a product. If you are not sure what a label means, ask the retailer or contact the manufacturer.
- Check the energy efficiency of electrical appliances before you buy.
- Don't buy head lice shampoos that contain pesticides. Use homeopathic alternatives or a fine-toothed metal comb instead.
- Ask your vet to recommend or supply a flea killer for your pet that does not contain pesticides