Goods and food often make up over 50% of an individual’s and home’s ecological footprint. There are also environmental issues associated with food and goods production relating to resource use (including land use, water use and mineral extraction), hazardous and/or toxic ingredients, production waste and post-consumer waste.

Goods

including clothes, cleaning products and garden products.

There are a multitude of sustainable practices relating to goods consumption outlined in this section, click on the links below for more information.

(Please note that electrical appliances, lights, heaters and vehicles are dealt with in other sections.)

Goods vs BadsMaking the right choice

This checklist of factors will help you make the right choice between ‘goods’ and ‘bads’. Making the right choices are crucial for your well-being and for the well-being of the planet. Read more»

Cleaning and LaundryCleaning and laundry

Cleaning improves the performance and efficiency of most items and usually extends their life. Cleaning improves the healthiness of your home reducing a variety of health costs but making your home and clothes cleaner you may inadvertently pollute the air and water. Read more»

Vegetable gardeningGardening

Growing your own fruit and vegetables, done sustainably, will help the environment (as well as your health). It is the ultimate in local food helping reduce greenhouse gases. With so much agriculture given over to industrial-scale monoculture home gardeners may be the saviours of biodiversity. Read more»

Clothes and shoesClothes and shoes

Choosing sustainable options when shopping for clothes and shoes is is a complex and difficult process because of the range of factors. We provide a guide to help you. Read more»

Cosmetics and toiletriesCosmetics and toiletries

Cosmetics and toiletries are often made non-renewable ingredients and in some cases toxic, synthetic ingredients. The best options are products made from natural, renewable ingredients that are non-toxic and biodegradable. Responsible products will also feature minimal, recyclable packaging. Read more»

Furniture and furnishingsFurniture and furnishings

Making environmentally smart choices for the furnishing of your home or office can make a big difference to your impact on the planet as well as your health. Read more»