Ethical shopping

Permaculture is rooted in the idea of that individuals can reduce their environmental impact by producing things themselves, be that food, homes, or power. However, very few people are able to achieve self-sufficiency and so their shopping choices will have a significant impact on the planet and its people.

By thinking carefully about how and where they shop and what they buy, people can ensure their money has a positive social and environmental impact rather than a negative one.

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La Poubelle Vintage - Inhabitat on Flickr, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license

Buying clothes

Cotton is the world's most polluting crop, while many western fashion houses use sweat shop labour in the developing world to manufacture their clothes.

Buying DIY

Avoiding toxic products is becoming much easier with alternative green options widely available to buy.

The WEEE Man. Photo: Catlouise on Flickr. Shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 license.

Buying Electricals

The manufacture of electrical goods consumes large amounts of energy and raw materials. They can also use a lot of energy when in use.

Supermarket checkout Image: Terry Freedman, Flickr, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 license

Buying food

The current global system of producing and transporting food uses huge amounts of energy, is highly polluting to land, destroys biodiversity, and exploits growers and producers.

Jose cuts cacao pods from the tree Photo: USAID_images on Flickr, shared under CC BY-NC 2.0 license

Fair trade

Fair trade products offer a higher price to developing world producers of commodity crops than what is available to them on the world market.

Farmer's markets

Farmer's markets use traditional market stalls and market days to sell locally produced foodstuffs direct to the public.

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