ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE SHOPPING

To reduce the impact shopping has on our environment:

PLAN all shopping

Make INFORMED choices

Minimise PACKAGING

planning your shopping trip ~

LARGE PURCHASES:
talk these over with everyone concerned. Donít rush into buying. Give yourself a cooling-off period after making the initial decision - you may find you donít need it after all. Before replacing an item, find out if it can be repaired or renovated.
Though the cost may seem high, you will often end up with a better quality item than you can buy new.

CHOICES -
become an informed consumer. Find out the real costs of the things you buy.
How much energy was used to make the item & deliver it to point of sale?
Where was the raw material from?
Cleared forest land?
land desperately needed by indigenous people to grow food rather than cash crops?

Who really owns the company that made the goods?
What else are they involved in?
Do you want to support a company that makes weapons?
Or clears rainforest to make hamburgers?
Or tropical forest to make soap, toothpaste, & Ďdisposableí napkins?

Would you rather support huge supermarkets run by multi-national corporations, or the small business person & the local grower?

REMEMBER - THE MONEY YOU PAY OVER THE COUNTER DOES NOT REFLECT THE
true cost of your purchase


Many companies & Governments will go to great lengths to conceal the full & true costs.

When assessing any information or advertising, ask yourself who gains or loses by getting you to believe it.
Organisations like Greenpeace, the OZbuy Guide, & the Global Education Centre will help you find out more about these issues

Basically -
buy locally produced goods whenever possible.
Buy second- hand if you can.
DONíT BUY ANYTHING YOU DONíT NEED.

PACKAGING -
shop where you can buy unpackaged goods.
If forced to have unnecessary packing, remove it at the point of sale, leave it there, & tell people why!
Choose glass bottles & jars rather than plastic, wash & re-use them.
Always take your own bags & containers.
An insulated bag or container is easily made from re-cycled materials & is useful for perishables.

FINALLY - DONT DESPAIR!
Much of the information in this pamphlet may seem depressing,
but if you use your energy to do the things you CAN, you don't need to feel guilty about things you can do nothing about at the moment.

Your awareness & ability to make changes will grow with time, especially if you seek the friendship & support of like-minded people.
Why not meet regularly over a cuppa to discuss the issues & the challenges this new awareness raises?

It is important not to see yourself as making painful sacrifices,
but as developing a less costly, more self- reliant, meaningful & satisfying lifestyle.

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