Tuesday, 20 September 2011

What does purchasing have to do with the environment?

When you shop, the decisions you make really do matter.  The products that we buy, including the food we eat, has taken energy to produce and transport it to you.  Energy produced by burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change, which can lead to devastating floods or droughts in developing countries. 

As the customer, you have a lot of power.  Ask for what you want!  If you’re looking for greener products, want to know how something was made or can’t find the information you need, ask the manufacturer or retailer.  Keep asking if you have to.  If more people ask, retailers are more likely to start stocking greener products and providing the information you want.

Over the next week, we’ll be looking at how buying locally, buying recycled and buying Fairtrade can make a huge difference to our world. 

Eleanor Course

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