This is a post from last year about mindful shopping but it is still on my mind. That is why I post it again. I need to update something, though. We do not shop with Riverford anymore. Unfortunately, the lovely person who delivered the boxes to us from close around stopped working for Riverford. The new delivery comes from further away which affected the quality of the veg. However, I am on the lookout for a new box scheme. But we live in the sticks and there aren’t many or so far none who deliver here. So it’s back to the organic veg from the supermarket but I am on a mission here 🙂
(Update later in September 2016
Riverford has reached out to us and has amended all issues we had with them. We are ordering with them again and I am happy 🙂 )
Last week I spoke about synchronicity and today is another example of it :-).
I have not been online much in the last week. Have been working lots and at the weekend the children were here so I try not to spent my time on the computer but rather sit with them have a chat or play with them. The husband takes them back to their mum’s now and I wondered what I could write for Coleen’s Mindful Monday. Before I started the computer up I decided to write about my changed shopping habits and about food and alas what did Coleen write about?
Food glorious Food and the mindful act of eating. Now, if that isn’t called synchronicity!!!!! 🙂
I have no idea what started it last year but I realised that my shopping habits were not in sync with my beliefs and values. Even though I work in a supermarket I do not like their way of shopkeeping, treating producers and championing unhealthy foods. No matter how much they tell us they want us to be healthy in the end a supermarket is usually owned by shareholders who are mainly interested in making money. Their way of making money is keeping products at about the same price but making their portions smaller or use less quality produce, flour etc to keep the prices down and ensure the shareholders a good income.
I heard more and more about shopping locally and we realised that it got harder for us to buy good organic produce in our supermarket which probably started my thinking process. I also remembered that I had tried one of those fruit and veg box schemes a few years ago and had a look into it again.
The price of the organic veg box scheme I chose was pretty much what I paid for our weekly fruit and veg shopping anyway so we decided to try it and it was a big success. The fruit and veg are much fresher and for about the same money we get a lot more variety than we ever allowed ourselves or were able to at the supermarket.
That made me think. You usually assume that shopping outside the supermarket means its a lot more expensive. My experience is though that it either isn’t or it is a little more expensive but you get better quality products which stay fresh a lot longer and feed yourself much better.
So what else have we changed in our shopping behaviour since last year?
My husband is a baker and he bakes all our bread. We use an awful lot of flour and the quality of the flour we got at the supermarket was not very good. For years I wanted to visit the watermill close by because I knew they sold flour so one day I just did. And I was pleasantly surprised that I could get organic flour there, a huge variety of seeds and that the prices are ok. Yes, it is more expensive I admit that. But it lasts longer and it makes so much better quality bread that I decided to save up somewhere else and support the last watermill in Norfolk on a monthly basis.
No, I do not buy the coffee locally. Not that it grows in Norfolk lol. But I found out that Kenco’s coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified and they have started a scheme to train young people on their plantations which prevent them to fall into the hands of gangs. And they have many eco-refill possibilities which help to prevent rubbish. Good enough for me :-).
Since a long time, I am a fan of Clipper Tea. Unfortunately, it got harder and harder to get it anywhere. So I googled and found out they have an online shop. Many of their great teas are both organic and fair trade and that is something I certainly want to support.
Original Source has wonderful shower gels and they are vegan approved which means no products are tried on animals. As we are vegetarians (including the kids) that fits us well.
I am still on the lookout to change my shopping habits more and more to support local shops, fair trade and organic shops and I believe that it won’t break the bank. My next change will be shampoo. I have my eyes on Faith Products but am not sure if they are really that good and where to get the ones I need. Maybe I start making my own shampoo then I know exactly what is in it and can get rid of any unwanted chemicals. The same goes for washing powder.
I know I have been writing about this before. I believe though mindful shopping is important if we want to prevent the total breakdown of our world and our health. It needs just a little thinking, searching on the internet and maybe going to one more shop to change little things. These little things count, though. As this little story shows:
Taken from Events for Change
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
This post takes part in Coleen’s Mindful Monday. Please head over to find her mindful post about eating and other interesting posts in the comments. Thanks!