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A few tips for sustainable shopping

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Winter is coming – as all Game of Thrones fans know- and I find myself choosing the easy way out of grocery shopping. So when I don’t have time to go to the local market, or  just don’t feel like it – because it is in the most freezing spot in town – I often find myself  going to the supermarket and pilling up provisions of all kinds.

Some Fruitz =) Some Fruitz 

So, until I get used to the habit of only going to farmer’s markets, I keep in mind a few tricks for when buying from the supermarket. A few tips that respect the planet and make my life easier at the same time.

1. Check the country of origins for every vegetable or check if you can choose and buy the ones produced in your country. This way you can have a grocery cart that hasn’t traveled more kilometers than anyone you know and reduce your carbon footprint.
2. You can go further with this and check the city or the area the products are coming from I always choose dairy products that are made by small local producers. I even have three favorite options which I want to sustain and help grow.
3. Choose fresh vegetables that are in season. This way you can save money –  for when in season, they are cheaper. Also, if you get used to buying in season you will enjoy more flavor and more vitamins all year long.
4. When comparing prices, look for the price per kilo as opposed to the price per unit. Packaging can vary and give you a false impression.
5. And since I’ve mentioned packaging, when checking price per kilo see how they vary when branding and ads are involved. The overall price often increases the more you know the product through ads. Next time maybe you’ll see the ingredients are the same and choose a cheaper and more sustainable brand.
6. If you have to buy from a big brand find out some of their green practices…or lack of.  If something the product is incredibly cheap, this only means that somewhere along the line someone is suffering.  That usually means that the choice you make enslaves someone in an underdeveloped country.
7. And lastly think about the waste. If one product has eight individual non-recyclable packages maybe it’s not the best choice. See which of the packaging you choose can be recycled and maybe reused.

So making the smart effort helps you lead a little greener life, one step at a time. Do you have any tips that help you shop greener?

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