Decisions about the things we buy can move us toward being sustainable. Thinking about things like the resources used in the products we buy, how efficient they are and their lifecycle can help us make more environmentally friendly purchases. How can we reconfigure our retail filters to include our environmental responsibilities?

  1. Avoid products with excessive packaging

    Avoid products with excessive packaging

    Give priority to purchasing unpackaged products and save the earth's precious resources.

  2. Buy fairtrade food and products

    Buy fairtrade food and products

    To stop the degradation of the global environment we have to deal with the failings of global trade, namely its tendency to increase poverty and its exploitation of the weak. Buying products labelled 'Fairtrade' is a good start.

  3. Buy paper and wood responsibly

    Buy paper and wood responsibly

    Help make the harvesting of the world's forests environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Buy Forest Stewardship Council certified timber and wood products.

  4. Buy second-hand products

    Buy second-hand products

    By purchasing second-hand goods from an opportunity shop, you are supporting a charity, getting a bargain and reducing the resources required to satisfy your consumption needs.

  5. Purchase recycled products

    Purchase recycled products

    From toilet paper to chairs, jackets to dog leads, there are many recycled products that are excellent quality, so consider buying recycled when you buy.

  6. Use non-toxic cleaners

    Use non-toxic cleaners

    Common cleaning products, disinfectants and air fresheners are creating a toxic environment at home. Try natural alternatives and live longer.