• Judith Newton

Going green at the grocers Part 3.

This week we're going to look at a couple of things you can easily do to shop a little more ethically at the supermarket. I believe in taking little steps that eventually grow and lead you towards your goal of living in harmony with your personal beliefs and values. If we try to do it all at once, it's so easy to become overwhelmed and we give up under the weight of it all. Here's to little steps, to making a start, a new beginning!

1. Buy free range eggs

We all know about the horrible way battery-caged hens are kept, with the space they have to live on being around the size of an A4 piece of paper! No room to stretch, flap their wings, or exercise - they're just a machine that pumps out eggs for us to eat. It just isn't right, no animal deserves to live like this. So let your dissatisfaction with this treatment show by only purchasing free range eggs. Sure it might cost a little more at the checkout but it is worth it knowing that you don't support such cruel practices.

2. Choose fair trade, cruelty-free products and organic products if possible.

Again this can get a little pricey but it's definitely worth making the change to fair trade, cruelty-free and organic products. One way you can get over the increase in price is to use less of the product. You'll usually find that the quality of these products is much higher than the others and therefore you can reduce the amount you use. And when it comes to cruelty-free products, we're mainly talking about how some companies test their products on animals. This is not on in my opinion! These products are mostly cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning items. Do yourself and animals a favour and do your research first before you buy! Have a look at organisations like Choose Cruelty Free Australia for more information.

3. Eat less meat

I'm not a vegan but I do admit that their principle of living a lifestyle that "excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life" is a mighty good way to live. (Quote from Donald Watson, creator of the term 'vegan', 1944). While it may not be our choice to live a completely vegan lifestyle, we can certainly do our bit for animal welfare and the environment by eating less meat. Think about halving the amount of meat you use in your recipes and bulking them up with more vegetables and legumes. Still tastes good and healthier too! Also think about adopting a couple of meat-free days each week like Meat Free Mondays and perhaps using a day on the weekend to go shopping at the markets for the ingredients to make that new vegan recipe you've found.

4. Buy in bulk when you can.

This isn't always a easy thing to do because a lot of the items we use everyday are prepackaged and our supermarkets don't support the concept of buying in bulking and using our own containers. Health food shops and organic grocery stores are the places to go to buy things like flour, nuts, and household cleaning products. Have a look at some of the products available from The Source Bulk Foods. They have stores in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and if there's not one near you, you can always shop online. The beauty of this type of shopping is that you only buy what you need so there's less wastage - good for the environment and your wallet too! https://thesourcebulkfoods.com.au/shop/

Well that's about it for this week. Hope you enjoyed this series of "Going Green at the Grocers". I'm sure I'll have more to add in the coming weeks and months. I'll be offline next week because I'm having surgery on my hand today which means no or slow typing for a while.

Until next time


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