Eco-advice on food and home expenses

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The importance of a short supply chain and buying conscientiously

Although shipping food from one part of the world to another can bring you exotic foods and foods that wouldn't be naturally available in certain seasons, it also causes higher retail prices because of the increased energy resources used in the production of the food and the often very long trip the food must make.
But worse than higher prices is the devastating environmental impact of these two factors; they heavily contribute to raising the percentage of CO2 in the air which is responsible for the climatic disturbances we have been living through in recent years.

If the food need not make a long voyage before arriving at your table, it will produce less carbon dioxide and will cost less

By shopping at local farmer's markets and even at some supermarkets you can support the breeders and farmers of your region.

Savings through eating (ecologically)...

Can we pollute less, eat better and also cut the costs typical of mass production?
Certainly, by getting into good eating habits:

- Eat locally produced food. If the food need not make a long voyage before arriving at your table, it will produce less carbon dioxide and will cost less.
By shopping at local farmer's markets and even at some supermarkets you can support the breeders and farmers of your region.

- Eat fruit and vegetables in season. When it is no longer tomato season the tomatoes you find at the supermarket come from a long way away or they have been grown locally in expensive structures (like air-conditioned green-houses) probably absorbing pesticides and preservatives, and losing a large part of their nutrients.

- Eat food native to your area. The same goes for local, in-season fruit and vegetables that are not native to your area, like zucchini in Iceland.
These foods cost more because of the energy burned while artificially re-creating the environmental conditions suitable for their growth.

It has been calculated that the quantity of energy spent to produce any food according to global commercial methods is about 15 times (in terms of calories) the energy yielded by the food itself.
This gives you an idea of how much you can save the world every time you consume local and unprocessed food.

... and recycling

Recycling is not only about the disposal of refuse.
It's an ecological principle with infinite applications, all of which lead to the concrete cutting of expenses.
Some examples are:
- reusing objects as far as possible: plastic or glass containers to keep in the refrigerator, cloth bags for shopping at the supermarket, etc.;

- reducing your purchases to the bare necessities. Choose durable quality and avoid impulse buying and you won't have to go shopping as often;

- reducing the quantity of refuse by choosing products with less packaging;

- making more conscientious purchases like objects made from recycled materials (which usually cost less), or objects made with materials and processes that have a low environmental impact and when possible, pollute less when discarded.

Finally, always check that the packaging of products you buy carries the symbol that identifies recyclable materials (three arrows that form a triangle).
And that way you will also eliminate any doubts as to which recycling bin to dump your garbage in!

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