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May 1, 2019 News, Sustainability Tips

SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

Choosing the most sustainable option can often be confusing and overwhelming. There are many considerations to make, and often times the pros and cons aren’t clear.

Some of these considerations may include:

  • Where is it from? (Did it take a lot of energy to get here? Who was involved in its production?)
  • What is it made of? How is it made? (What resources went into it?)
  • How is it packaged? (Is there an alternative that has less packaging?)
  • How will I dispose of this item and its packaging? (Can the item and the packaging be re-used or at the very least, recycled?)

DON’T KNOW WHICH TO CHOOSE? … GO SIMPLE!

As a general rule – THE SIMPLER THE BETTER

Choose items that:

  • are close to their natural/raw form
  • are made close to home
  • have the least amount of materials/ingredients
  • have the least amount of packaging (if any)

These rules apply to all material goods – including food.

Once you’re able to identify certain products and product types that fit with your sustainability goals, budget, etc., these decisions become much easier. You just need to give a little bit of thought and effort to get it started.

The most sustainable item is one that you don’t buy.

 

GET YOUR TOTE ON!

Check out our new Sustainability totes! These stylish bags are made from 100% cotton and are sturdy and long-lasting.

Many of the products that claim to be sustainable or ‘green’ are often poor quality and end up creating more waste rather than reducing it. Try to be selective with the items you choose and opt for good quality ones that will last years (not months).

Just because something is free – doesn’t mean you have to accept it!

Purchase your tote for $10 at the Old Barn Community Centre or Wesbrook Community Centre

Ways to use your tote:

  • Carry your groceries
  • Give as a gift (or use as gift wrapping for another gift!)
  • Use to carry your laptop to work or school
  • Use for kid’s activities (ballet, music lessons, karate)

 

KEEP IT SEASONAL, SILLY!

Get in the habit of checking where your produce is from – local, seasonal produce will be more nutritious and have a lot more flavour! 

Kale Asparagus Celery
Swiss Chard Green Onions Mustard Greens
Chives Cilantro Radishes
Spinach New Potatoes Mushrooms

 

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