A sustainable purchase is not governed only by choosing seasonal and proximity products, other aspects come into play and that is not always valued. If you realize, plastic bags are still present in many supermarkets and most of the products we buy are packaged in plastic. Plastic, plastic and more plastic, seems to be a miracle when not carried.
Concern for sustainability and respecting the environment has already modified consumer behavior, which asks questions about the product’s production process, the resources used for its packaging and conservation, and its transportation to the point of sale.
Guide to buy in a sustainable way
Despite the tempting messages from the food industry, you are the customer and you decide what to buy. If we chose organic and sustainable products, leaving behind those that do not respect the environment, perhaps we could get a reaction from the market. If we want to change, we must be part of it.
Increase the consumption of vegetable protein
Although the trend of following a vegan and vegetarian diet is booming, many people who do eat animal products are clicking on a more vegetable diet. And all this should be done with a primary objective, to reduce the consumption of products of animal origin since the environmental cost of its production is very high.
Plan the purchase
How much food do you end up wasting and throwing away? If we plan the purchase before going to the supermarket, we will reduce waste and waste. Organize your menus weekly and avoid going out to buy hungry, because if you do not fill the car with more food than you need and, also, they will surely be less healthy.
Take your bag or taper
Yes, you read it right. Some people take up the bottle to use reusable containers and avoid unnecessary waste of materials harmful to the planet. In the same way, reusable bags prevent us from paying those cents more than plastic ones cost us and we avoid wasting the latter.
Opt for foods that are packaged with recyclable materials such as glass and avoid plastic, you know that it ends up flooding the seas and oceans.
In bulk purchases, they usually carry their containers, so the amount of waste generated is reduced and, even, this will help you better plan the purchase. If you buy in bulk, your fridge and your pantry will include fresher and higher quality products. You will also be favoring local consumption, as it is a common alternative among small merchants.
They are the products that the earth provides us naturally at each time of the year and, consequently, they are at a more affordable price. Ingesting seasonal foods we provide the body with the necessary and specific nutrients from the respective season. On the contrary, if we buy those that are not seasonal we will be abusing a good that at that time is scarce and that has had a high production cost or that can have a huge environmental footprint if it comes from the other side of the planet. Also, when we prioritize non-seasonal foods ahead of those that are, we may be harming the latter, as they end up being discarded.
The best option is zero kilometer products, that is, those that require minimum transport from the point of production to the point of sale and consumption (less than 100 km). If you buy proximity you will favor the local economy, reduce the environmental footprint of your purchase and enjoy the seasonal products of your area.
Join consumer groups
If together with your neighbors and friends in the neighborhood, you bet on shopping in small businesses, you will be promoting the local economy and acquiring local food, because most do not import raw materials that come from afar. In this way, pollutant emissions from transport are reduced and a more sustainable consumption model is enhanced.