Thursday, March 23, 2023

Why shopping at the market means more sustainable shopping

What Kind of Consumer Are You? When buying everything from clothes to food or cosmetics, do you think about the environment and sustainability? do you throw your clothes in the trash or buy second hand clothes at flea markets,

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Is your food imported or local? These and other factors are those that were taken into account in the study of the forum. crowdfunding Savu which compared shopping habits among 30 European countries to find out which of them have the most sustainable shoppers.

If you are wondering what place Spain occupies, our country has scored 6.1 out of 10 and secured the ninth position in the list. But don’t be discouraged. Finland, the champion country for sustainable shopping, scored 7.2, while recycling-obsessed Germany came in tenth with 5.9.

The study took into account the position of each country in the following indicators:

  • sdg scoreIn areas such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the fight against climate change and the promotion of renewable energy, a list in which Spain ranks 16th out of 193 member states.
  • recycling rate: The proportion of waste that is recycled in each country.
  • Textile, Household and Food Waste: The amount of waste produced by each country between 2020 and 2021. For comparison, it was taken into account which country has registered the largest reduction in its waste generation over the past decade.
  • consumption footprint: A measure of environmental and climate impact calculated from the area needed to produce the materials a country consumes, relative to the area needed to absorb its subsequent waste.
  • number of markets: Number of flea markets and antique shops listed on TripAdvisor by country.

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Street markets? Indeed, the possibility of shopping in markets such as the Rastro de Madrid, Charm Barcelona or Saint-Ouen in Paris are signs of more sustainable consumption.

On the one hand, they offer the opportunity to buy vintage clothing items, local handicrafts and items made from reused or recycled materials. On the other hand, they are generally managed by local communities and provide a platform for small businesses and artisans to sell their products, away from multinational companies.

Finland, the first country on the list for sustainable consumption, gets the spot for its high score on the SDGs, but is still poorly supplied with street markets, with a total of 53 to serve its five and a half million inhabitants. .

compared, The country with the largest market is the United KingdomWith 1,300 markets for a population of 68 million people. Why is street market such an influence on sustainable shopping?

The consumption of clothes is the main reason for this. The fashion industry is to blame more than 10% of carbon emissions and consumes about 100 million tons of oil per year.

The manufacture of virgin polyester, which is the material from which more and more “fast fashion” garments are made, cheap clothes that are worn and out of style in a year, is a process that is greenhouse gas emission intensive.

For this reason, the study took into account the tonnage of textile waste generated by each country in a year. Other than this The climate impact of each new garment manufactured is estimated to be The average consumer throws away 60% of new clothes in the same year. when you bought it. Here Italy is one of the EU countries with the highest per capita textile waste: it produces more than 200,000 tons per year.

Other factors of sustainable consumption

Food is another area where there are large differences between consumption habits, and the study measured this in terms of kg of household waste generated per person per year. it should be taken into account Nearly a third of the world’s food rots in landfills before being used.

Finland is still winning here, but Spain generates less food waste Compared to countries with the best scores in the SDGs, such as Norway or Sweden. It is estimated that Slovenia produces 34 kg of household waste per person per year, the lowest figure of any European country.

Austria follows close behind with 39 kg per person per year. At the opposite extreme is Greece, where per capita household waste is estimated at 142 kg, while Spain generates 77 kg per capita.

The level of recycling in each country is another deciding factor. Nobody can beat Germany here with a recycling rate of 67% compared to 36.4% in Spain, which on the other hand is not far from Sweden at 38.6% and Finland at 41.6%. Countries like Cyprus and Romania have recycling rates below 20%

most of the countries reduced its consumption footprint over the past 10 years Italy wins, with a reduction of 26.03%. They are followed by Sweden (21.99%) and Greece (20.75%), while Spain narrows it down to 10.85%.

At the other end is Ireland, which has increased its footprint by 42.86%. Ireland is also the second worst country on the list of sustainable consumers. At the bottom is Malta, which had the lowest SDG score of any country on the list and saw its consumption grow by 10.5% between 2010 and 2020.

Altogether, EU consumption footprint to decrease by 4% between 2010 and 2020, However, this general trend resulted in a substantial decrease of 14% between 2010 and 2016, followed by an increase of 11% between 2016 and 2020.

What can we learn from this report? As consumers, there are various Things that can make our purchases more sustainable,

  • Avoid buying fake fashion.
  • Reduce food wastage.
  • Recycle our waste.

In short, consume less, recycle and reuse more, and spend Sunday at our city market.

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