Sustainable guide for grocery shopping

Use this infography as a sustainable guide of good practice to change your weekly grocery shopping. If you keep reading you’ll find more information about each section.

GOING THERE. If you avoid oil to go shopping the environment will thank you for it, and your health too!, furthermore you will be burning many calories so you can afford a price on your way back home.

¿CARRYING GROCERIES?, plastic is just partially recyclable and mostly a product derived from oil, recycling it is an expensive energy waste and far from simple. It must be avoided, as much as possible. Use reusable bags, a trolley or a wicker basket.

PACKAGING generates a huge quantity of residues. If it’s made of mixed materials is worst than if is made of just one material. By choosing glass packaging or even better, bulk product, we will be saving plastic, tin or cardboard materials. The glass recycling is the cheapest to recycle.

FRUIT AND VEGGIES. Be aware of the distance that the product have to cover in order to reach you. Having oranges all year and buying fruit that grows a thousand miles away has a higher cost that it seems. The transportation of goods takes its toll on our planet and consequently on us as well.

EGGS. Category number 3 is highly unwise. The chicken are stacked in cages and they are fed with feed that often contain animal protein. The herbivorous animals cannot digest protein, that causes damages that indirectly affects your health. The category number 2 do not improve the feeding but the chicken have room to move. Categories 1 and 0 are the best, both for the kind of feed and dignified space for the animals.

FISH. If you don’t bother making questions, probably you will be eating fish caught using bottom trawling. Is a method that basically destroy the ocean floor and kill many species that are not a target and won’t be consumed like dolphins, turtles, corals…
Fish produced on fish farms help the bottom trawling but many of the species kept there are carnivorous animals, so they have to fish for feeding them. Then again, ¿Why are we not consuming directly the fish used to feed these species? Like the sardine or the anchovy?. If you want to eat carnivorous fish get sure it was caught by an angler method. However you can also eat mussels they are a good source of iron and folic acid.

MEAT. We eat more meat than we need, leaving diets like the vegan/vegetarian a side. I’ve seen and read to much to dear eating non ecological meat. If you don’t believe it, do a quick search and you’ll see it for yourself. The easiest way is just reducing the meat consumption as far as possible. You can find nutritionists that work with diets low in animal protein.

CLEANING are products are an unending source of trouble for the environment. You must avoid products with dangerous labelling. You can reduce the different cleaning products to three or four that work for almost everything. If you want to go one step further, find ecological cleaning products or buy refillable packaging. If you feel nostalgic you can use the old methods like vinegar, bicarbonate and lemon, they work quite well.

COFFEE. Single-dose capsules are really bad. Because they’re made of high environmental expense materials and for the quantity of residues they generate that have no real need behind. Now you can find compatible biodegradable capsules, but the paper single-dose is the most effective option and save energetic costs reducing residues. If you buy coffee in bulk you’re doing it right. If you can also watch fair trade when buying, you are the best!

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