I have decided that my next challenge for My Year of Eco Challenges will be to give up shopping at supermarkets for the rest of my challenge year. This challenge has been inspired by bloggers such as Team Pugh from A Year Without Supermarkets and Jade Beecroft from My Year Without Supermarkets.
- Packaging – although there are some foods that I could buy loose if I went into the supermarket, most of the organic produce comes in packaging.
- Greater knowledge of where my food has come from – by buying food that I know exactly where it has come from i.e. with a short supply chain wherever possible I feel there is less room for food fraud – think horsemeat scandal (although I accept that if someone wants to commit fraud it can always be done somehow…)
- Reducing food miles – by trying to buy as much locally grown and produced food as possible. Yes supermarkets do stock some local foods, but the majority of their produce is not local.
- Supporting local businesses and individuals
- Cost – although it is easy to think the supermarkets are going to be cheaper than other options actually they aren’t always. There are very few foods sold in bulk in the supermarket which often means extra packaging and greater cost. Plus supermarkets are very specifically designed to get you to spend more than you had planned.
- There are other online options for buying food outside of the mainstream supermarkets.
I have already started scoping out some of the local and online places I can transfer my shopping habits to and I will be writing about them soon!