Ready to embark on a shopping adventure that's both eco-friendly and entertaining? Get ready to explore five delightful and understated steps that will make your shopping trips more sustainable and enjoyable. Let's dive in and have some eco-friendly fun!

Step 1 - Bag the plastic blues!

Of course you knew that one! Despite UAE banning free plastic bag in supermarket, there is still a lot of plastic bags in the market (for your veggies, when you go get a pair of sock in a clothe shop, when you need panadol at the pharmacy... ). Do not be scared to break free from the boring plastic bags and say no when they offer them to you! 

Plastic bag are a major contributor to environmental pollution. By bringing your own reusable bags when you go shopping, you can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. Keep a stash of reusable bags in your car or carry a foldable one in your everyday bag to ensure you're always prepared. Also do you really need a plastic bag for each type of veggies you will buy? Get everything in the same totebag and get all the price label to be put on your biggest veggie (watermelon?!).

Also customizing a totbag can be a very fun activity to do with kids ;)!


Step 2 - Check the packaging or buy in bulk

When possible, opt for products with minimal or eco-friendly packaging. Look for items that are packaged in recyclable materials (that can go in the yellow bin) or choose products with no packaging at all. This simple choice can help reduce massively the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Not all supermarkets offer the option to buy in bulk and it can get crazy expensive. I find the most affordable are Carrefour and Lulu! For this very simple, bring with you your glass contenant, textile bag or box and stock up on your fav lentil and nuts !

When I do not have time to cook I sometime stop by at the ''caterer'' part of Carrefour or Spinney and bring my own Tupperware, they are always so kind and they always ensure they remove the weight of my Tupperwares before! So do not be shy and bring your cute Mickey mouse lunchbox for a biryani refill ;)


Step 3 - Buy local and seasonal 

Supporting local farmers and businesses not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. Visit farmers market, look for veggies from UAE, Oman...

Here is my top local farms :

- GREEN HEART : https://www.greenheartuae.com/

- EMIRATES BIO FARM : https://emiratesbiofarm.com/


Step 4 - Embrace second hand shopping

One person's unwanted item can be another person's treasure. Explore thrift stores, consignment shops, and online platforms that offer second-hand goods. Buying pre-loved items not only extends their lifespan but also reduces the demand for new products, conserving valuable resources.

My favourite places to shop 2nd hand : 

- Thrift for good https://thriftforgood.org/

- Baby bazaar https://www.babybazaar.org/

- Facebook market of course ;)

Embrace the thrill of the hunt and let your sustainable swagger shine. It can be soooo much fun AND also a family activity!


Step 5 - Shop mindfully

Ouuups am I gonna be a party pooper by saying the following?

Shopping is fun, and shopping sustainably is possible, but the best way to be sustainable remain to reduce our consumption of goods. So before I get this new boots, I am gonna ask myself some question : Do I really need this? Do I have one already? If not it is maybe because I do not need it. What value it will bring to my life?

I am proud to wear the same clothes all the time, I care for my things and try to give them the longest life possible. When I go shopping I keep in mind that this item must be very special if I want to buy it, and most of the time I live the shop empty hand, and with an happy wallet!


So next time you hit the shops, remember to bring your reusable bags and Tupperwares, seek out stylish eco-friendly brands, and explore the world of second-hand treasures. 

With your enthusiasm and conscious choices, you're making a positive impact on the planet—and doing it all with a playful spirit. 

I know I need to improve on step 2 massively (hard for me to say no to the industrial candies aaaaargh). And you, wich one you want to tackle? Are you doing all of this already?

Any good adress to share?


HAPPY SHOPPING!


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