PLAN all shopping
Make INFORMED choices
planning your shopping trip ~
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.
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
Organisations like Greenpeace, the OZbuy Guide, & the Global Education Centre will help you find out more about these issues
buy locally produced goods whenever possible.
Buy second- hand if you can.
DONíT BUY ANYTHING YOU DONíT NEED.
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
but as developing a less costly, more self- reliant, meaningful & satisfying lifestyle.
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