Top 10 tips - shopping

Follow these tips to go a shade greener…

1.   Reuse carrier bags
Reuse your standard carrier bags, buy a “bag for life” or use more durable cotton/material shopping bags. Say no to bags at the till.

2.   If you’re not going to eat it, don’t buy it
Plan your weekly meals so you can stick to a shopping list. Freeze leftovers and reuse them. Compost any vegetable waste.

3.   Eat more fresh and local stuff
Buy local, fresh produce where possible, it’s healthier and reduces food miles from food being transported from abroad. It’s also a good way to support your local community.

4.   Choose less packaging
Buy fruit and vegetables loose. Buy a larger packet to save having to buy smaller ones. Choose refillable options where possible.

5.   Buy recycled/recyclable
Buy recycled toilet roll, tissues and computer/writing paper. Look out for recycled packaging on other groceries - some products have biodegradable packaging that can go into your compost bin. Choose items that can be easily recycled such as glass, tins or plastic bottles.

6.   Think ethical
There are so many options available now – you can buy Fairtrade / organic / local / sustainably sourced versions of nearly all products, even items you might not be aware of like seafood, clothes, cleaning products, and cut flowers. If these aren’t available, try asking shops why they don’t stock them. 

7.   Reuse and donate
Reuse items where possible – look for good quality when you’re out shopping. When you do want to replace something, why not donate the old item to a charity shop or sell on eBay to earn some cash. With clothes, why not try a swishing party among friends – a great way to acquire something new and clear out the old, all for free!

8.   Use your library
Rather than buying a new book every time you want to read something new, check out your local library. You can save money, and benefit the environment at the same time.

9.   Avoid drive-through
Try not to buy take-aways, fast food and ready meals. These are not only bad for the environment because of the impact from their product sourcing, transport and packaging, but you might find that cutting them out of your diet makes you feel a lot healthier too!

10.   Buy FSC certified wood products
If you’re doing your own DIY, the best option is to use recycled timber. However, for ready made products, the next best choice is FSC certified timber. FSC certification guarantees your timber comes from a well-managed forest according to internationally-agreed standards. Many furniture stores now offer these products.

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