Why you should #BeKind when shopping
The only place to buy clothes in the village where I grew up was also the local post office, and the most exotic food available was a tin of black olives. Then I came to London, went shopping mad, ate loads of different types of olives, and had a great time.
These days, like most people, I want to be sure people get paid fairly for their work, and things haven’t been flown halfway around the world for my benefit. The good news is there are now loads of ethical options. And finding them is a great way to get to know the capital and have fun.
Food: I choose Fairtrade in regular shops – look for the label – and also love visiting markets (less packaging and, thus, less landfill, plus they often use local suppliers, so less fuel used). Check out allotment sales and organic produce delivery, and shop locally.
Clothes: If you’re buying new, there are lots of fabulous ethical shops, with high street stores getting in on the act with sustainable lines. If you like a bit of vintage (I do) buy ‘pre-loved’ items for less environmental damage and a look unique to you.
Read more: Why you should #BeKind on public transport