Become a 'Green' Consumer
12 Jan 2011
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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