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Making ethical decisions at the supermarket

08 May 2014

Shopping at the supermarket is one of the contradictions in my life.  I know I should plan better and go to my local farmers markets and organic supermarkets but sometimes I run out of time and the convenience of my local is too tempting.  But the good news is there are things we can do to make better choices when shopping at the supermarket and influence the products we see on the shelves.  It takes a little practice but you too can make a difference and send a message to the retail giants.

What’s the issue?

Supermarkets are, well, super markets.  They have the purchasing power to buy goods from all over the world in bulk and at prices that most others can’t beat.  They’re not very discriminatory about what they put on the shelves as long as it is what the customer wants and it sells. Big business gets a bad rap but they are only supplying what people in their shops demand. Change the demand and they will change the supply.

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Ten ways to make a differenceUse your green bags, buy wholefoods and recycle packaging

  1. Use your reusable bags
  2. Buy whole foods
  3. Take notice of the packaging
  4. Buy local and in season
  5. Don’t waste
  6. Green claims
  7. Make use of apps
  8. Meat
  9. Know how to recycle
  10. Don’t shop at the supermarket

http://secondclothing.com/?k=handel-mit-optionen handel mit optionen Do you have any suggestions for other ways to make a difference at the supermarket? Please add your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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1. Use your reusable bags

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2. Buy whole foods

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3. Take notice of the packaging

säkert att köpa viagra på nätet When you’re thinking about the content and ingredients in food, it’s easy to overlook what it comes packaged in.  If you stop to think about it, packing ends up as waste, so the more packaging the more waste.

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4. Buy local and in season

We’re told that buying locally is the way to go.  One of the reasons is to support local producers and keep your local economy healthy.  The main environmental reason is to reduce ‘food miles’, which means the good has to travel the less distance and has less emissions associated with it.

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5. Don’t waste

Food waste is a massive worldwide problem with 15-35% of all food produced for human consumption lost or wasted.  In the USA and Europe that’s about 190kg per person per year wasted in the production and processing of food, that is, getting it to the shops, and an additional 100kg wasted by consumers.

This means precious resources such as water, soil, and energy are also wasted. And we still have 842 million people around the world who still don’t have enough to eat. It just doesn’t seem right.

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6. Green claims

You may have heard of greenwashing.  This is when businesses advertise something as ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘safe for the planet’ without any evidence to back them up, or deliberately overstate or make misleading statements about the environmental credentials of their product.  It’s a result of the increasing demand for more ethical products that unscrupulous business is taking advantage of.

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7. Make use of apps

You may have heard the catchcry “there’s an app for that!”  And it’s true, there are apps for you to use at the supermarket.

The major supermarkets (Woolworths, Coles and Aldi) have apps that enable you to scan in products from home, so once you find a good product you are happy with, simply scan it or type it in and you don’t need to remember or take a paper list.  They also organise your shopping by aisle and that saves you a lot of time, meaning you have more time to scrutinise what you’re buying.

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8. Meat

Most of us don’t think about how our meat gets to the supermarket and there are a whole range of issues around the resources used to produce the meat, the waste products from production, and the ethics of the way in which the animal has been raised and killed.

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9. Know how to recycle

Firstly I should say, recycling is probably not as green as you think.  It’s much better to reduce your waste in the first place.  Think about whether you really need the product before you buy it.  However, there will always be some waste so make sure you recycle your packaging properly.  Contamination of recyclables can ruin a whole truckload of waste.

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10. Don’t shop at the supermarket!

I’m as guilty as anyone of going to the supermarket because of the convenience but whenever I can, I go to one of my local farmers markets.  The atmosphere is great, the food is fresher and not that expensive, and there are often lots of free tasters given away – bonus!

There are also lots of home delivery options for fresh produce if you find it hard to get to your local farmers markets.

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