Be a responsible consumer when traveling Be a responsible consumer when traveling

The aspiration of leaving this world better than as we found it, especially applies to the touristic places we visit.

For this purpose, some simple actions and practices can be applied, as those recommended by the FAO, an organization attached to the United Nations that promotes efforts around feeding and avoiding famine, and which are summarized in four basic points: helping small peasants to go to markets and fairs in the cities; tasting local products in order to better understand their culture; maintaining alive those traditions that bring ancestral memories and avoiding food wasting. “Be careful with ration size, expiration dates and making good use of leftovers is one of the simplest manners to save natural resources”, explains the web site of the feeding and agriculture organization.

In front of this issue, the trend is that on the side of the consumers it is also the possibility of promoting an ethical and solidary consumption. In accordance with a site in Spanish, Eroski consumer, it is important to ask questions that talk about the origin of a product. For example, what social and environmental repercussions the products have had during their manufacturing; and reflexing about the type of commerce required to be favored. Among the keys for making a responsible purchasing is to ask oneself key questions before consuming, such as the following: Do I need it? Is this a compulsive purchase? How many do I already have? When will I use it? In this way you can assess the suitability of your new acquisition. You can also apply the following rule: when I buy something new, for example, a shirt, give one you are not wearing any more.

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