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Tansy Baigent

Become a 'Green' Consumer



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12 Jan 2011

Location: Environment

You've managed to collate your food shopping list, you've saved up the necessary coins and you're ready to do the dreaded supermarket shop... but suddenly your green conscious starts biting as you head towards the various counters; fish, meat, detergents, flowers, fruit..... how do we know what products are really sustainable to buy?

Below you will find the lists you will need to ensure that you are a sustainable consumer.

Fish - See http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/seafoodguide/page4.asp

- Usually ok: Trout, Herring, Atlantic Mackerel, Pollock, Mussels, Oysters, Sardines, Squid
- Not ok: Atlantic Cod, Atlantic Halibut, Monkfish, Shark, Atlantic Sole, Tuna

Meat - The most common advice that can be found for sustainable meat consumption is purely to reduce it. Everyone is asked to make a pledge to go meatless every Monday to help to contribute to a healthier planet [see http://www.meatlessmonday.com/join-the-movement/]

Detergents - Find plant cased rather than petroleum based detergents as these will contain fewer chemicals and will be more biodegradable. Choose non-bio rather than bio (as the biological active agents can cause harm in the natural environment)

Roses and flowers - Most flowers are flown from Africa. Visit Tesco for fair trade roses that reduce water use and waste [See http://www.sus-uk.com/individuals/product-guide/roses.html]

Fruit - See www.ewg.org

- Ok (low pesticides residue): onions, avocado, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant

- Not ok (high pesticide residue):apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes (imported), pears, spinach, potatoes

Choose locally sourced produce as the greater the distant of supply (e.g New Zealand apples - the higher the fuel expernidture)

For more information see http://www.sus-uk.com/individuals/product-guide/

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  • I just want to add some stuff to the list although it is not really supermarket-related:
    By now there are a lot of clothes out there which are produced environmental friendly and where the workers are paid fairly. Or just go straight to a second-hand shop, then things don't need to be reproduced. And most stuff is actually of pretty good quality.
    The other thing is books: Usually you read a book, and then... - right? So just bring it to the next second-hand bookshop. The owner will be happy to get a new book, and you can just buy another one, maybe you even get discount. So it's a win-win situation!

    Written by Clemens on 18 Oct 2011, at 19:49 Report this comment

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