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We have created the above guides to help you to reduce your own impact by becoming a more informed consumer.
Every purchase you make makes a difference and collectively as consumers your choices can make a huge difference to global warming.
Use your local independent shops – you will be supporting the community in which you live, you will be actually seeing the faces of the people whose businesses you benefit, rather than the corporate suits at major supermarkets that allow your money to seep into their pockets via stocks and shares in addition to their disproportionate salaries. In addition, by utilising your local shops you will not have to use your car to go out as often, reducing carbon emissions!
We are creating the most comprehensive Greenwich and Blackheath Directory allowing consumers to purchase produces and services more easily from local organisations and traders. Until its ready you can view various Directories here.
Health food shops – these are the best places to support, stocking organic products, fair trade products as well as vitamins and healthy snackfoods.
Organic produce – why do we recommend organic produce? Simple – organic food is free from chemical treatments, meaning that as it is grown and farmed no chemical fertilisers or pesticides were used in its production. The Soil Association symbol is the watermark you should look out for.
Deciding which bank to go for can be tricky as you will be having to choose directly between getting the best interest rates or going for the most ethical bank as sometimes the two do not correlate.
Charity shops/eBay and recycling
Recycling is becoming more and more important as land-fill sites become hazardously full and resources used to create new items are depleted. By buying second-hand products you save resources and can contribute to a growing movement away from the idea of buying everything new all the time. It doesn’t have to be that way!
Energy – energy efficient brands are out there, you just have to know where to look. A great company called Ecotricity has won major awards for its wind farm projects – a clean, renewable energy source. The Energy Saving Trust provides rating and labelling systems to aid your decision making.
Avoid the bad brands in our Good, Bad and Ugly section! If people stop buying from them, they will sit up and listen.
Pay special attention to looking out for products marked as ‘not tested on animals’. Contact the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) or Naturewatch for an approved product guide.
Two thirds of the population do not want to consume GM food yet it is increasingly finding its way onto our plates, more often than not without us realising. Look out for the GM-free label and the Soil Association label both of which guarantee that what you’re buying has not been genetically modified.