Sustainability Code 9. Recycle and Adopt Conscious Purchasing

Recycle and Adopt Conscious Purchasing
We all know about recycling now! It’s fair to say that we all have our recycling bins, food waste, domestic waste. Find out more about recycling in Ireland by clicking on the links below.

We are conscious of purchasing products with an eco-label BUT do you look at the label? People like to shop with one eye on the planet, but it isn’t easy. Some products appear to be friendly but is there any evidence to back up the claims?

• The solution is to look out for eco-labels—recognizable, reputable symbols that guarantee a basic level of environmental friendliness. What are eco-labels and how do they work?

• An eco label is a symbol that manufacturers can put on the things they sell to demonstrate that they are genuinely better for the environment than comparable products. Eco labels can be misleading you need to check are they registered are they externally audited etc.

• Fairtrade is an ethical trade system that puts people first. Fairtrade offers farmers and workers in developing countries a better deal, and the opportunity to improve their lives and invest in their future. Fairtrade gives consumers the opportunity to help reduce poverty and instigate change through everyday shopping. Fairtrade is an example of a reputable ecolabel.

• Electrical Appliances must have an energy rating system from A-G. A is good, G is bad.