The great expansion of agriculture and food production is having a significant impact on climate change since it contributes to land degradation and water pollution, causing loss of biodiversity. Think about what you eat and check where these products come from.
Buy local products
When buying food, make sure it's from your area. If it comes from remote locations, the journey for the product to reach your hands will be longer, and therefore more fuel will be used, which means the ecological footprint you leave in the planet will be larger. Eat seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Buy organic food
Organic farming does not use toxic pesticides that end up in land, air, water sources or food itself. By choosing these products you can improve your health and the environment’s.
Carry your backpack
Use your backpack or handbag to avoid paper and plastic bags; this will help to reduce waste. Nowadays, some stores offer their customers biodegradable bags.
Be an informed costumer
When you go shopping read the labels before purchasing a product, make sure it has been produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
Choose certified wood
When buying furniture, make sure that the wood used is of legal origin, and if possible, that it is certified and bears the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp. This abbreviation means that the forest from which it comes has been managed in a sustainable manner, meeting all international environmental standards.
The less packaging, the better
Packaged products are a waste. What you really want is what's inside; you throw away the wrapping, generating more garbage, which can take a long time to biodegrade.
Try to drink water from home
Buying bottled water is unnecessary if you have it at home. The transportation from its source to the supermarket is a costly expenditure of energy, and even worse if it comes in plastic bottles from a spring in the mountains. If you buy water, make sure it is produced in your area.
Choose biodegradable housecleaning products
These have fewer negative impacts on soil and potable water systems.
Ask for a change
Supermarkets and stores listen to their customers. We have the power to change the things that are not beneficial.