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Regardless of what you’re shopping for, some choices will be more environmentally friendly than others. Whether it’s your weekly grocery shopping, buying a new outfit or some comfortable skate shoes, or the latest electronics. This article will give you solid advice about how to make more sustainable purchasing choices.
Shop at local markets or zero waste shops
For food, try to buy from establishments as close to your home as possible. This will reduce the distance that both you and the products travel, meaning fewer carbon emissions. Farmers’ markets are ideal as you will be supporting local businesses, and the food will have been produced locally. If you want to take a considerable step towards lowering your carbon footprint, adopt a meat-free diet. Raising livestock contributes significantly to the enhanced greenhouse effect, so by not supporting this, you’ll be making a real difference.
Buy from sustainable brands
Many brands advertise their sustainability credentials nowadays. However, you should do your own research to create a list of brands you like that meet these criteria. For example, some companies are better than others at using sustainably sourced materials, and others limit their transportation as much as possible to reduce fuel consumption. If you don’t have time to do a lot of research, we recommend you download the app Good On You, which provides ratings for businesses based on their sustainability.
Reduce what you’re buying
Quite simply: if you buy less, you’ll waste less. Clothing, electronics, and other items going to landfill sites not only creates their own set of environmental problems – such as toxic chemical leaching, decomposition gases, and limiting space availability – but it also means that more products need to be made. This adds to the global carbon footprint. Try to ignore passing trends or commercials telling you that you need the latest gadget. Instead, be yourself and make the most use out of what you already have.
Choose specific materials
When you’re out shopping, look at the labels on products to see what they’re made of. Synthetic materials like polyester ordinarily release microplastics into the environment, which can be particularly harmful to marine life. Silk, hemp, and organic cotton are all examples of much more sustainable clothing materials. They are also more breathable, so you’re likely to find them more comfortable to wear as well.
Environmental awareness is high on many people’s agendas in the modern world. By taking the simple steps suggested in this article, you can lower your carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable lifestyle regarding your purchasing behavior.