How Can I Be an Eco-Friendly Shopper?

How Can I Be an Eco-Friendly Shopper?

Oct 12, 2021, 8:39:45 AM Creative

From supermarkets and local farm shops to fashion brands and homeware, the retail industry is booming. Both business and customers alike are aiming to do their bit to minimise their environmental impact whilst shopping, making smaller changes that all contribute to the bigger picture. We’ve pulled together some easy ways to make your shopping trips more sustainable, helping you make easy switches that will go a long way.

Minimise plastic bag use

Single use carrier bags are a huge contributor to the amount of plastic that makes its way to landfill sites and harms our local wildlife. Although many businesses have made the positive swap to custom paper bags or cotton bags instead of traditional plastic bags, bringing your own bags along can make a big difference. We recommend leaving a bag or two in your handbag or car so you can quickly grab it if you find yourself doing a bit of unexpected shopping.

Provide a new lease of life

As much as we hate to say it, one mans trash really is another mans treasure! Rummage around your local charity shops, car boot sales or even online to see what gems you can get your hands on. As well as being great for the environment, you can find some truly unique pieces that will set you apart from the rest at little cost. Also look a bit closer to home, arranging a clothes swapping session with your friends to give old clothes a new burst of life without spending a penny.

Look a bit deeper

By having a better understanding of your favourite brands, you can get to know how your favourite clothing is produced and reconsider whether you are shopping as ethically as you think. Where possible, steer away from non-biodegradable materials such as viscose and polyester and favour more sustainable materials such as cotton which is produced in a more eco-friendly way. Most brands will also discuss their environmental policy on their website, detailing their commitment to the environment and the steps they are taking to improve their operations.

Buy for the long run

Fast fashion is a huge market that is contributing to a lot of waste, with consumers buying trendy clothing that they will only wear a handful of times before disposing of it. When you are looking to buy some new clothes, consider whether the pieces will compliment the rest of your wardrobe and whether it will get sufficient use. If you are unsure, it is likely that it is not going to be a long lasting staple and there are better options out there.

Shop more local

We’re surrounded by unique business ventures in our local area, so show your support and see what they have to offer. As well as helping out independent businesses, cutting out the brands who rely on overseas importing and high travel emissions can have a great impact on the planet. You never know, you may also discover a local gem which you wish you’d have found sooner!

Published by Rahul Pandey


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