120. Eco shopping
Ethical shopping – what is it, and how can you do it? The answers are trickling in slower than organic honey.
Local or Fairtrade; organic or free-range; line-caught or netted?
No wonder a trip to the high street gives your conscience a battering. Going eco-shopping means knowing more than just what’s on your groceries list. On the one hand, we’re told that we should eat food that is locally produced and not air freighted hundreds of miles; on the other we’re under pressure to support producers in far-away developing countries. We’re expected to know the difference between organic and free-range foods, stay abreast of flashpoints (palm oil, bluefin tuna, PVC), and only buy goods with certain eco-labels attached.