Food and shopping
The production, transport and consumption of goods contributes significantly to climate change and other environmental concerns such as water pollution and land degradation. The rubbish we put out every week can be traced back to the products we buy. See below for more information on what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint from food and shopping.
What can I do?
Say 'no' to plastic
Don’t forget to say ‘no’ to plastic bags when out and about shopping. Instead try taking your own re-usable bag(s) with you.
Reduce your food miles
Visit local shops to avoid creating your own food miles and buy regional and seasonal products or directly from producers to cut out lengthy distribution chains (e.g. at Farmers’ markets).
Visit a farmers’ market
You can buy high quality fresh, seasonal and regional produce directly from farmers and producers at any of the borough’s three Saturday farmers’ markets.
- Barnes - Essex House, Station Road: 12 noon to 4 pm
- Richmond - Heron Square: 11 am to 3 pm
- Twickenham - Holly Road Car Park: 9 am to 1 pm
For more information visit the Certified Farmers Market website.
Look at the label
Green labels can help you identify products which are less harmful to the environment. Each will have a different sustainability focus. Phrases like “environmentally friendly” and “kind to nature” as well symbols of globes, trees and flowers mean nothing unless they come with a green label or explanation of what is being done to help the environment.