3 Ways to Make Smarter Shopping Choices

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

Welcome to the October 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Ethical Shopping Choices
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they make purchasing choices.

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Buy Fair Trade
October is the ninth annual Fair Trade Month, and in honor of this, I would like to share three ways to make smarter shopping choices. We all want to save money, but the following shopping choices will also enhance your health, provide you with quality products, and allow you to help the lives of your family members, as well as the lives of people around the world.

1. Buy fair trade.
When you buy fair trade, you are bettering the lives of other people. It’s as simple as that. In addition, you are making a choice that will help to protect the environment and to empower women.

What kinds of products are available through Fair Trade?
- Cotton
- Coffee and tea
- Cocoa
- Herbs and spices
- Sugar
- Produce

Remember the Fair Trade motto: Every purchase matters!
Visit this post on the Fair Trade web site to learn about 10 EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE FAIR TRADE MONTH IN OCTOBER.

2. Shop the farmers’ market.
Michelle from Everything’s Abuzz gives great advice about why you should shop the farmers’ market here, but to sum it up:
- You help the environment by cutting down on the transportation and packaging of food;
- You get to know the farmers in your area. What would this world be without our farmers?
- You’re helping to build your own community.

3. Buy organic.
This is the most important shopping decision I make each week for my family. By buying organic:
- We avoid dangerous chemical pesticides in our food;
- We ensure that our food does not contain GMO’s;
- We keep unnecessary antibiotics and synthetic hormones out of our bodies.

Learn more about why it is worth it to buy organic.

Do you typically buy organic, fair trade, or local? Why or why not?

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1 Greta October 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

These are great ideas… Shopping n these three suggested tips is really effective. I am more of shopping on fair trades…
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2 Mendy Boyd October 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

I have been trying to buy more organic lately. It can be expensive but I’m learning to look for deals and sales and stock up then. I’ve only recently learned about Fair Trade products and now use Dr. Bronners Magic Soap which is readily available where I live. I’ll definitely be trying to add more Fair Trade products to my list!
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3 annie @ montanasolarcreations October 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

We try to buy local, organic and fair trade when possible. The majority of our clothes are second hand so if I purchase something “new” I always try to make sure it is fair trade, makes me feel better spending my money on something and knowing I’m not supporting a sweat shop!
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4 Leigh October 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Farmers markets are really a great place for you to get great food, meet other local vendors (not just farmers), get outdoors and see your neighbors. My daughter and I go every Saturday morning together to get a homemade donut and all our other goodies. One day a local brought her backyard chickens and my daughter still talks about that experience and hopes to see them every week!!
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5 Becky October 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

We always buy organic to help ensure we are not buying GMOs. Fair trade is an area that we need to take more care to do though.
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