Can you be green? What has ‘green consumerism’ got to do with me?
How should I travel to the shops? Will I be able to buy locally grown food? Where is my local farm shop? Should I avoid su...
What is green consumerism? <ul><li>It concentrates on the things people buy, encouraging us to: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce o...
Where do you shop? <ul><li>In the UK the 5 largest retail chains account for 80% of the market </li></ul><ul><li>Their dec...
Reduce, recycle, reuse, renew, respect <ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>...
Recycle and re-use
What can we do? <ul><li>Ecover:  http://www.its-ecological.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Not buy this! </li></ul>
Fair trade
Bio-degradable
Farmers markets- why so good? <ul><li>Advantages for the consumer: </li></ul><ul><li>Good quality produce, often organic, ...
Farmers markets- why so good? <ul><li>Advantages for the farmer: </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate payment </li></ul><ul><li>No ...
The future? <ul><li>Farmers’ markets are doing very well </li></ul><ul><li>They have grown quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Probl...
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R8 Can You Be Green

  1. 1. Can you be green? What has ‘green consumerism’ got to do with me?
  2. 2. How should I travel to the shops? Will I be able to buy locally grown food? Where is my local farm shop? Should I avoid supermarkets? Don’t packaged foods generate a lot of waste? Should I buy food in season rather than imported food? Can I buy organic food?
  3. 3. What is green consumerism? <ul><li>It concentrates on the things people buy, encouraging us to: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce our consumption of all products, including energy, water and food; </li></ul><ul><li>Buy products that are environmentally friendly, this includes a wide range of things from washing powder to organic food and clothing. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where do you shop? <ul><li>In the UK the 5 largest retail chains account for 80% of the market </li></ul><ul><li>Their decisions about what food to sell and where to get it from have a massive effect on producers, retailers and the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers have power when it comes to green issues, e.g. is more people bought organic food, then the retailers would stock more to sell. </li></ul><ul><li>Consumerism is ‘the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions.’ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reduce, recycle, reuse, renew, respect <ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Renew </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Which of these affect your life at present? </li></ul><ul><li>Which of the 5 Rs do you consider to be the most important in our drive towards a sustainable society? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recycle and re-use
  7. 7. What can we do? <ul><li>Ecover: http://www.its-ecological.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Not buy this! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fair trade
  9. 9. Bio-degradable
  10. 10. Farmers markets- why so good? <ul><li>Advantages for the consumer: </li></ul><ul><li>Good quality produce, often organic, always seasonal </li></ul><ul><li>Low food miles </li></ul><ul><li>Low packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Supports local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the producer and find out about the product </li></ul><ul><li>Certified (by FARMA: as fresh and grown within 30 miles of the market) </li></ul><ul><li>Try before you buy </li></ul>
  11. 11. Farmers markets- why so good? <ul><li>Advantages for the farmer: </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate payment </li></ul><ul><li>No high costs of transport </li></ul><ul><li>No costs of retailers (cuts out the middle man) </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face selling, with the chance to explain the product </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to find out, first-hand, what the customer wants </li></ul>
  12. 12. The future? <ul><li>Farmers’ markets are doing very well </li></ul><ul><li>They have grown quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Problem for farmers: how long they can spend running the stalls, some farmers have switched to farm shops on the site of the farm. </li></ul>

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