1. Avoid the high street and keep it local
When you shop at local independent stores you are more likely to buy locally produced goods with a much smaller carbon footprint. Local products often require less plastic packaging, food goods tend to be fresher and items are generally cheaper. So by shopping local you get many benefits while adding value to your own community and protecting the environment!
2. Plan ahead for efficient deliveries which reduce emissions
If you are shopping online, plan ahead and make your orders all at once so you will receive everything in fewer shipments. Multiple deliveries increases emissions, so make sure that you can take your delivery first time by getting deliveries to your work address or using postal lockers in your local area. Some companies even offer incentives if you choose a quieter delivery time!
3. Offset your shopping with donations to environmental projects
Everything you buy will have a carbon footprint, big or small. But make sure that you offset any negative impact of what you are buying by donating to good causes at the same time. Through EasyFundraising and Amazon Smile you can donate while you shop at no extra cost to you. Find out how to donate to Raleigh International when you shop.
4. Buy experiences, not things
At the root of over consumption are highly manufactured material goods which harm our natural world. So if you are buying gifts this year, why not seek out bargains on memberships (for gyms or museums) or classes (language, art, cookery) instead. They are much less likely to clog up the oceans and may be educational!
5. Take part in the Climate Strike
This Black Friday thousands of young people will be standing up against over-consumption at Climate Strikes across the country. So consider avoiding the shops altogether and share your voice on the climate emergency. It may have a bigger and more positive impact on the world we live in. Find out more about Climate Strikes near you.
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