Green Elephant Show
Green Elephant Show
004 Supermarket sustainability, Heroes or villains?


The last 50 years have seen a fundamental shift in the way we all shop for groceries. We used to go to the bakers, the butchers, the grocers, the chemists and the newsagents but instead we now go to Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Sainbury’s Walmart, Carrefour and Yonghui!

In this episode Mike and Russell discuss the good and bad side of how supermarket sustainability affects all of us in our everyday lives.

Take away actions
  • Buy local (in country), seasonal products
  • If you can afford it, buy organic
  • Look for fairtrade and sustainability labels
  • Re-use bags
  • Buy loose produce instead of pre-packaged
  • If you can, walk there – or go to a local shop – you’ll save money on petrol!


01:40 – Integration to daily life
09:10 – Areas affected by supermarket sustainability
15:05 – Community aspects
19:25 – Striking a balance
23:15 – Actions to take

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Special thanks as always to Harriet Teagle for her Green Elephant artwork.

Watch 004 Supermarket Sustainability