Green Shopping and Consumer Choices

Conference Room August 22, 2015 09.30 - 12.00

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Cameron Little

It has been said that we are what we eat. But even those who are making conscious consumer decisions to buy organic or other environmentally friendly food stuffs can be effectively ‘eating’ the planet with their other shopping choices and consumption patterns. Whether we are conscious or not of the global, regional and local impacts of our consumption patterns they are there. Some are for the better, some for the worse. By practicing Green Shopping and making our purchasing consistent with our personal values and the principles of sustainable development we can minimise the negative environmental and social impacts of our business transactions. By thoughtfully choosing how we spend our hard earned dollars we can use them to maximise the positive outcomes of our purchases and build a more sustainable economy that is viable, liveable and fair. In this presentation you will learn about some critical concepts around which to base your day to day shopping patterns and you will hear about some of the outstanding guidelines, tools and other resources such as eco-labelling programs that have been developed to assist us to turn our interest into action.