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Shopping Locally & Saving the Environment

I was thrilled with the response to my recent Instagram story about shopping locally, and figured there’s a conversation to be had here.

If you didn’t catch it, I filmed a short clip of the fruit & veg at a greengrocers where I live and wrote about how I’ve started shopping locally (aka from independent stores, rather than supermarkets) predominantly for fruit & veg, but to be honest I try to get as much as I can! Afterwards, I had many messages about others trying to do the same thing, which is brilliant! And definitely something we should be raising more awareness about.

Save Monday & Feel Good About It

For me, saving money is brilliant but not quite as brilliant as feeling good about where I’m spending it. We’ve all got to spend money on food, so why not spend it in local places and support local businesses & farmers (particularly in the West Country!).

That aside, shopping at a local greengrocers has been financially beneficial too. I compared what I bought this week to the prices at Morrisons and as it happens I saved about £7. That might not seem like much, but £7 every week adds up pretty quickly! Plus, that’s not a gram for gram comparison. The veg I bought from the greengrocers was definitely bigger than the veg I usually get in Morrisons, so I’m sure if I compared them gram for gram I’d be saving even more!

Shopping Locally & Saving the Environment

Being strict about where my food comes from has always been a big thing for me. Where absolutely possible, I buy produce from inside the UK. Fruit, veg, milk, eggs, meat etc goes without saying, but I’m also conscious of where my cupboard products are from too.

This is so important when it comes to the environment. Now, I’m not one to preach… But I’m going to anyway!

It is our responsibility to be more aware of where our food is coming from. Yes, it’s lovely to have an unlimited supply of out-of-season fruit whenever we want it, but we need to be thinking about how my poison is being spat into our atmosphere from the amount we import from overseas. (I appreciate the topic of imports/exports is a tad touchy at the moment… *Don’t mention Brexit*). Still, we do have to be aware of the environmental impacts.

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Now, let’s talk about plastic… The carbon footprint from imports is only a small part of the environmental impact. We are all aware of the plastic epidemic, and there has already been a huge push to reduce the amount of plastic that are ending up in our oceans. Still, you walk into a supermarket and are bombarded by so.much.packaging. Unnecessary amounts of single use plastic.

Yes, supermarkets have now started trying to eliminate the amount of plastic used in packaging, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

I’ve found that 90% of items at a greengrocers are loose, and they provide paper bags that can be reused and recycled. So, you can do an almost entirely plastic free shop. What’s not to love! Something to consider when trying to reduce your plastic consumption or carbon footprint…

REDUCE . REUSE . RECYCLE – we’ve all heard it before, but are we all doing our bit?

Conclusion

Before I get any backlash, I’m very aware that not every town has a greengrocers or something similar, and not every person is able to shop like this. This post is just about raising awareness, and if you’re able to, then do.

If you’re interested, the greengrocers I’ve started shopping in is Continental Fruits in Tavistock. We’re also super lucky to have many independent food shops in our town, including Roots & Vines, Crebers, Eversfield, and Cakes Bakes ‘n’ Shakes, all of which I frequently buy from!

If you’ve come from Instagram (and read my whole caption) you might be interested in doing the WWF Carbon Footprint calculator, so I’ve linked it here.

I also hope you enjoyed the photos of me unpacking my shopping…! I promise my next post won’t be as preachy, and don’t forget to check out my last post too.

Have a very happy weekend! (Here’s an image for the road…………)

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