How to be­come a con­scious con­sumer

Eastern Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

a more con­scious ap­proach to shop­ping by omit­ting some­thing from your shop­ping bas­ket be­cause you’ve found out it was pro­duced in a fac­tory with un­safe work­ing con­di­tions for em­ploy­ees, for ex­am­ple.

As you make your pur­chases this month, con­sider what part you play in the chain of but that are un­ac­cept­able to us. I en­cour­age you all to act on what you care about.

Here are some other sug­ges­tions to help you be the pos­i­tive change the world needs to­day:

Take out pack­aged, pro­cessed foods and keep adding in lo­cal, fresh pro­duce.

Source lo­cal, sus­tain­able cafes and restau­rants to dine in.

Switch plas­tic con­tain­ers and bot­tles out for glass.

Re­cy­cle as much as you can and start a com­post bin.

Shop eco-friendly, cru­elty-free beauty prod­ucts and fash­ion lines.

Switch to chem­i­cal-free clean­ing prod­ucts.

Use re­us­able al­ter­na­tives to items com­monly thrown out af­ter one use, such as nap­pies, plas­tic wrap, pa­per tow­els and bat­ter­ies.

Source the ma­jor­ity of your gro­cery items and fresh pro­duce from lo­cal farmer’s mar­kets and shops.

Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional.

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It costs noth­ing to take a more con­scious ap­proach to shop­ping.

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