Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Support and advice

Resources to help you eat sustainably.

Producing, transporting, processing, packaging and disposing of the food we eat emits greenhouse gases and contributes to our personal carbon footprint. The global food system can also impact on the environment in other ways, through biodiversity loss, soil degradation, pollution, water depletion and deforestation. Moreover, our food choices can affect the livelihoods of farmers and local communities as well as animal welfare.

What you can do

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Take a look at the 5 Steps to Good Food for more advice

You can make a difference three times a day, by choosing food that is better for people and the environment. Here are some basic guiding principles -

  • Choose local, seasonal produce
  • Buy food produced to a higher environmental standard, for example, products with organic or LEAF Marque certification
  • Eat less meat and dairy produced to higher welfare and environmental standards. Try experimenting with more vegetables, fruits, grains, and pulses
  • Purchase fairly traded products
  • Cut down on the amount of heavily processed food in your shopping basket
  • Reduce your waste from packaging by using re-usable cups, bags, water bottles and food containers and by buying in bulk
  • Don’t waste food
  • Shop at a wide range of outlets
  • Avoid bottled water

Helpful resources