Responsible shopping is the new cool. It’s the greatest trend we could welcome, good not only for our pockets but also for the environment. How to get closer to this goal? Here are the most common strategies.
The consumerism is no longer seen as something desirable. Not that long ago, many would link your status to what (and how much) you buy. But that analogy is no longer applicable in the times of growing consciousness. Instead of buying and enlarging the collection of items that are not necessary, more and more household owners turn into a less-waste lifestyle. That means buying second hand, recycling, upcycling, and so on. But even if you don’t go that far with changing your customer habits into more responsible, even smallest things matter. Below you will find a few suggestions that can help you reach the goal.
#1 Buy local and seasonal products
A carbon footprint is something all the world is currently discussing. We measure the size of it for our car, our groceries, our energy production, and many more. Of course – the responsibility of most of the world’s emissions should be put on big corporations and companies exploiting natural resources. That doesn’t change a fact that the customer choices can have an impact. Buying locally is one of the best solution as the global transport of goods lifts the emissions of carbon dioxide significantly.
By choosing local products, you can contribute to the fight for a better and greener future. It applies also to buying seasonally – usually the seasonal products are not imported from the other side of the world. Instead of eating strawberries in winter and apples in early spring, adjust your diet (at least partially) to the seasons.
#2 Choose special offers
At first, glance, buying responsibly and buying underpriced products don’t go together. But when it comes to grocery, there is quite a tight connection between these two. When the food is underpriced, it usually has a short expiry date or the store has a large quantity of it (or both). If these products are not sold out during the special promotion, there is a huge probability that they will end up in the rubbish bin, even though they’re good to consume. This way, choosing special offers can help you contribute to less-waste management.
If you don’t have time for getting through promotional newsletters, just check the weekly ads online. Compare and prepare a list that you’ll use during grocery shopping. That’s all it takes to make your consumer choices more responsible! Quite effortless, right?