How to Shop Eco Friendly
Environmentally friendly shopping starts with the decision on how to get to which market and then transport your shopping home. But there is also more to consider on-site than jute bags and organic bananas. Almost every supermarket department hides ecological and fair alternatives to conventional shopping. Let's go round and see how you can easily shop sustainably.
The way to the supermarket
After leaving the front door, the question arises as to how we get to which supermarket. If you want to shop ecologically, you should not only pay attention to sustainability in the food sector.
Anyone who can walk or cycle can save a lot of emissions, noise and air pollution. Public transport is also better than the car. If you live further away from the nearest supermarket and need a car, we recommend that you make bulk purchases to avoid daily shopping.
Refrigerated shelf and fresh food counter
In general, you should try to reduce the consumption of animal products, whether fish, meat, milk or cheese. That doesn't mean we should all necessarily be vegetarian or vegan. It just means that we should lower our consumption and consciously question it. The advice to prefer organic products to conventional manufacturers runs across the entire supermarket. In the case of animal products, one should also pay attention to the "Ohne Gentechnik" seal. In these departments, we do not support factory farming, no genetic feed, and we do not only feed on chemically added food at low prices. It pays to spend a few cents more on organic products if it protects the animal welfare and livelihoods of those farmers who produce in an environmentally and animal-friendly manner. There are often boxes in refrigerated shelves in which, according to the best before date, groceries will soon be offered at lower prices. With the purchase of such products, you can not only reduce waste but also save money. There are also some supermarkets where you can shop waste-free at the fresh food counter with the help of a reusable container.
The fruit and vegetable department
Almost every supermarket starts with the fruit and vegetable department. The many plastic packaging is striking here. To avoid this and to reduce the waste of plastic products and similar packaging waste, one should - unless one can visit a weekly market - prefer supermarkets that offer free goods and also take them unpacked. Bags for trolleys or cash register tapes are not necessary. Reusable networks would also be an alternative.
Loose food also has the advantage that we don't have to buy in quantities that we don't need. Besides, regional, seasonal and best organic products from organic farming associations are more sustainable: it avoids pesticides, chemical fertilizers and exotic overseas goods that have had long transport and questionable growing conditions.
The drinks department
You don't believe how many people envy us for our clean drinking water! We always have it at home, and it costs far less than bottled mineral water, which often has a long transport route and weeks of storage behind it. Kitchen appliances give the tap water the desired bubbling if necessary. This department also says "Reusable instead of one-way!" It also applies to juices. Avoid plastic bottles that are thrown away immediately. And be careful: deposit does not mean reusable! Also, please pay attention to sustainability when it comes to coffee and cocoa. Buy organic Fairtrade or GEPA products. In this way, you support fair working conditions in the growing areas and environmentally friendly production.
Cosmetics and household cleaners
Less is more! Less applies particularly to the ingredients, the use and the dosage of cosmetics and household cleaners. Often you can help yourself with natural cleaners such as citric or acetic acid and thus do without chemical, aggressive cleaners. Also, avoid microplastics. This is usually found in the form of polyethene, copolymers or polypropylene in cosmetics and soaps.
It is easier to use natural cosmetics and eco cleaners than to look up the ingredients in the lexicon. They do not contain microplastics, nor are they hard to degrade or pollute the water. Toilet paper, handkerchiefs etc. can be quickly taken from recycled paper.
Sustainability at the cash register
You can also act sustainably at the checkout. Own bags make life easier! Thank the environment and your wallet, because, in the long run, it is worth not having to buy new bags again and again.
As consumers, we do more than we think. When purchasing, we can support producers who also value sustainability. Our purchasing decisions permanently influence the range of goods and thus even the productions and the trade.
To make ecological shopping easier, prior planning is also essential and sensible. So you don't shop indiscriminately and don't waste food because you don't need it at home. Especially concerning the upcoming Christmas shopping, we should take these tips to heart to avoid food waste, environmentally harmful and anti-social behaviour.
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