Ethical purchasing involves purchasing food that supports local farmers and minimises the need to transport food over long distances. It also involves purchasing products that have recognised independent, third-party certifications that demonstrate a company’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility. These certifications include MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), Free Trade, Organic, and FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council).
- Ethical Investment - Ethical investment relates to investing funds in organisations that act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Many companies, including banks and superannuation funds have strong commitments to social and environmental sustainability, whereas many others do not. For more information visit the Market Forces website.
- Collaborative Consumption is the term used to describe people sharing, borrowing, renting, swapping and trading items instead of purchasing them, thus not depleting resources unnecessarily.
Sustainable actions by individuals include: supporting local farmers, purchasing locally made goods, buying organic produce, growing food, purchasing second-hand items and avoiding products with excess packaging. Avoid companies with a negative track record, be a conscious consumer, invest ethically.