Sustainable Consumption: Sustainable Nutrition And Green Shopping
If you are someone who cares about sustainable consumption, who worries about the environment and doesn’t know everything about green shopping, this is your article.
One of the challenges that our society is facing is to obtain a socio-economic development compatible with the safeguard and protection of the environment. All consumers can maintain resources, save energy and avoid waste if they buy products that consume energy through efficiency, use or reuse items made with recycled or recyclable material, using the least possible packaging. We must be clear that everything we buy has effects on the environment, but some choices are better than others.
What is Sustainable Nutrition?
Sustainable nutrition is a balanced and varied diet that also protects natural resources. Sustainable foods are those that are grown and processed under correct environmental conditions without using phytosanitary products of chemical origin. They are not transported over long distances and their manufacture or transformation has been carried out saving energy and without using additives harmful to health.
Organic farming is a sustainable agricultural production because it protects the environment and respects the laws for animal protection. The main objective of organic farming is to produce foods that have a high nutritional value and are healthy without compromising the natural resources. Specifically, this means that both the organic farmer and the organic system of production prohibit many means which are allowed and commercialized in conventional sectors for the benefit of the economy, such as the use of pesticides.
What are the main advantages of this agriculture?
The main advantages of this agriculture with respect to the conventional concepts of the economy are the following:
- No use of chemicals for remedial treatment and / or disease prevention in plantations.
- Respect of protection laws for the treatment and handling of animals.
- Soils, plants and animals belong to the ecological life chain.
- Prohibition on the use of genetic engineering.
- Prohibition on flavor stabilizers, synthetic colors and artificial flavors, such as antibiotics as a food additive and all kinds of chemicals that influence the growth of the animal.
There are hundreds of products in the market, that cover all food categories with the organic certification. Thus, we can find everything from vegetables and fruits to non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, sausages in general, meat, cheese, milk and its derivatives, sweets and pre-cooked or frozen foods.
We can always recognize them by their labels showing an organic certification seal, made by an authorized certifier (see these details before making your purchase).
What is green purchasing?
The expression “green purchasing” means intellingent shopping, that is, buying products that help conserving natural resources, saving energy and avoiding waste. This procurement of products involves learning about all the ways in which a product can affect the environment over its life cycle. The materials that were used for manufacturing, the way they are used and their recycling or disposal; everything so we can make smart eco-friendly choices.
We must keep in mind the following points when talking about “green” purchasing:
- Buy long-lasting products, instead of disposable items.
- Avoid excessive packaging.
- Buy recycled products, for the manufacture of these items use less natural resources. Always check labels to recognize them correctly.
Shop sustainable home products
The market offers an infinite variety of general consumer goods. To make a wise decision when choosing those products that promote sustainable consumption, selection guidelines are needed.
A wide variety of products that are labeled as sustainable can be found. The offer of these products, however, is not so wide as to cover all areas of the market. We should also add the fact that a large part of the population is not aware of the existence and purpose of such labels.
Thus, and regardless of the existence of special labels, suggestions and general advice have been included in the description of each product, which must be taken into account when purchasing and using the products.
What must appear on the label?
The easiest way to choose a product is by reading labels. They are usually placed on a visible part of the container or in the advertising section and can include a legend or be drawing labels.
In this analysis, the fundamental labels are those that identify sustainable products. They are aimed at making a difference between the sustainable products and others that offer the same service, but that do not provide benefits to promote responsible consumption.
The sustainable product concept encompasses all products or services that protect the environment and / or consider social aspects. In addition, we refer to products that lead to considerable energy and water savings. According to this, you can differentiate between:
Eco-labels (for products or services that preserve the environment).
Social eco-labels (for products in which social and ecological aspects must be taken into account).
Energy labels (they are helpful when purchasing appliances or services that impact energy consumption).
It is also very important to clearly differentiate between labels that are mandatory by law (for
example, a uniform labeling of energy consumption and other resources for household appliances) and voluntary labels.
I hope that after reading my article you have clarified your doubts or confirmed the information you already had on this topic. As you know I own a restaurant, thus it is very important for me to provide quality products. This is why I take care of every detail in my purchases, so that I can contribute to sustainable consumption.
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