Energy Diet

Adventures in Sustainable Shopping

This time when I visited local shopping mart I carried reusable jute/cloth sacks with me and while at the mart, all those shiny plastic boxes didn’t look so attractive. I was looking at the packaging type while picking up the stuff and I preferred paper packaging over plastic wherever feasible.

Though it is not easy to find organic food in this part of the world and it was all imported stuff, still i had a good look at the organic food section and picked a few, Once I try cooking these and if like the taste I will be able to take further buying decision.

In choosing any product, I am looking for these five things:

  • what ingredients are in the product
  • how the product is made
  • where the product is made
  • the company making the products
  • what happens at the end of the product’s life

I have also reduced buying vegetables from the marts. I prefer visiting farmers market.

Already eliminated purchasing three imported items:

  • Certain type of Tea ( won’t tell the brand name as I was loyal to them for more than a decade )
  • Various nuts ( they come in small ploy pouch and cans )
  • Canned Sardine (proud of this step, as this will also reduce my non-vegetarian intake)

Instead of buying chemical based detergent and cleaning liquids I am trying to find ways if I can make such cleaning material at home, so I additionally bought these items

  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • White  Vinegar
  • Tea Tree Oil

To my surprise I found these items very effective in cleaning. I followed some of the procedures from

OI Shopping List

Last week only I started using OpenIntents Shopping List for Android™ which lets me create multiple shopping lists, this is a smart way to do only necessary shopping based on the categories I create. Now I can also make sure that I am not buying unnecessary stuff or something that I don’t need for another month.


  1. Dave Chameides
    February 14, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Great stuff. It sounds like you are zeroing in on what really makes a difference. The food miles (how far the product travels to get to you) are one of the things that people seem to consider the least so i am heartened to see you considering that so high on the list. Were you surprised at how many things are packaged in plastic that you never even realized before you started looking?

  2. Yogesh
    February 16, 2011, 10:14 pm

    You are right, I was even surprised that i was buying everything in plastic packaging, only when i became cautious about what i am gonna buy and what are other alternatives, i started taking Green decisions.