1. Shop and Support Local
Big-box retailers will always be around, but your favourite local coffee shop that's committed to sustainability might be struggling during the pandemic.
If you shop local, you're supporting the local economy, reducing your carbon footprint by travelling less and increasing job opportunities in your community. Reach out to your favourite local businesses or find new ones offering curbside pick-up and prioritize local businesses when shopping.
2. Pay Attention to Certifications
Many companies these days have a section about sustainability on their website, but how many actually have any sort of certification to demonstrate their commitment? Certifications can help hold companies accountable by outlining certain steps they need to achieve and maintain. Some trusted certifications that we look for are B Corp, Fairtrade Canada and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
3. Buy Used When Possible
When buying used or second-hand, you're preventing another item from entering a landfill. One of the biggest landfill culprits is textiles! Did you know in Canada, the average person throws out 81 lbs. of textiles every year?
It's a bit tricky to buy second-hand items at the moment, so try to repurpose items you already have and prioritize used items once businesses start opening back up.