Green Shopping Tips
- Make smaller frequent trips for fresh items to nearer/local shops.
- A list will stop you from making impulse purchases and later waste!
- Try to avoid imported oranges, grapes and other fruits, especially when you find local ones which are fresher and much cheaper and healthier!
- Avoid waste when tempted by ‘reduced’ items on sale. A 5 kg bag of apples or oranges, or grapes is not good value for you or for the planet if most of it will spoil!
- Buy items with the furthest-away sell-by or use-by date that you can find! In a supermarket they will be right at the back of the shelf behind the oldest products, which the shelf-stackers will want to sell first. With stacked trays of vegetables, fruit and salads, they will be the ones in the bottom of the stack.
- Buy seasonal items in quantity if they will store well: onions, squashes, root vegetables) freeze (raspberries, blackcurrents) make into sauces, or soups, (tomatoes, leeks) to freeze, can be bottled (many items) or turned into drinks, or can be divided with friends.
- Try not to take kids shopping as they will make you do the wrong shopping for brightly coloured, packaged items of junk food!
- Look at your trolley carefully before paying: remove what you feel is not needed and not a wise choice!
From: The Green Food Bible: Judith Wills