Ah, summer. Months filled to the brim with picnics and barbeques. But have you ever considered how all of this food you’re consuming is impacting your carbon footprint? Bringing our food to the table equates as a quarter of all human carbon emissions on our planet.
With this in mind, there has been no better time to take advantage of local produce and reduce the impact of your food. Here at Shopappy, we’re passionate about our planet, and want to minimise our carbon footprint wherever possible. Part of this is through encouraging people to shop local.
Making use of your local high street not only helps the shopkeepers and their businesses thrive, but it’s also a more eco-friendly way of going about your weekly shop, here’s why:
How far does your food travel?
When we talk about the carbon footprint of food, the first thing we should consider is the distance it travels, or its “food miles”. Did you know, shopping local can reduce the carbon footprint of your food by up to 70%? Independent high street shops usually stock locally produced food – and food that doesn’t have to travel as far often tastes better!
Whilst supermarkets stock certain types of fruit and vegetables all year round, you’ll tend to find your local greengrocers sell whatever is in season at the time. Seasonal fruit and veg not only tastes better, but is likely to be grown locally too. We’re not bluffing, next time you’re tucking into your big brand supermarket Strawberries in the middle of December, have a look at the label to see where they’ve come from.
Of course, the further your food has to travel, the more packaging it will need to protect it from getting damaged. The average UK household produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Combined, this equates to 31 million tonnes of packaging waste which is equivalent to the weight of three and a half million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two and a half times. Local produce is often delivered with minimal packaging, as it has less distance to travel, and more often than not your local shops will package your shopping in brown paper bags or in simple boxes which you and they can reuse…
Some perfect examples of local shops doing their bit to save the planet are:
Field to Fork, Saltaire & Baildon
Jonathon owns Field to Fork which supplies top-notch locally sourced produce, you can find them on Shopappy here.
Weigh to Save
It does what it says on the tin. Weigh to Save allow you to fill your boots (or own bags/jars) minimising the amount of packaging used. Find Weigh to Save here on Shopappy.com.
With this in mind, why not shop your local high street or market at your convenience on Shopappy.com? You’re just a few clicks away from creating a happier planet.