At Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival this weekend I heard Nick Ray of the ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ Supermarket Tours speak with passion – as usual – about food miles, products, companies and related issues that are all part of our weekly supermarket shopping AND for $3.00 I bought the newly launched Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping.
You can also download the Guide free online.
Bearing in mind, the comments PWF articles on the topic have attracted,
the fact that
“With every dollar you spend you have an impact on the planet and its people,”
this neat and sturdy booklet should appeal to a lot of shoppers,
passing the word on to friends and colleagues will help ‘get it out there’.
It will fit neatly in a glove box, handbag, or jacket pocket, and for a complex topic it is quite straightforward to use.
There has been a huge amount of research, time and effort behind the publication. Congrats to all involved!
I see in the Fight Back Newsheet (No 57) currently being distributed at IGA supermarkets that, according to a recent government report:
“When local residents…spend $100 at a major national grocery retailer, their purchase generates $14 in local spending by the retailer. That same $100 spent at a locally owned business generates $45 in local spending, or three times as much…
A typical big box store spends 14.1% of its revenue within the local and state economy, mostly in the form of payroll. The rest leaves the state, flowing to out-of-state suppliers or back to corporate headquarters.”
Shopping is so ordinary but so vast and so complex. There are huge ramifications and this new Guide is a good place to start if we as individuals want to do our bit…