Buying Better

The coronavirus pandemic has already led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, and unimagined resourcefulness from communities and organisations across Bristol. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focusses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater. 

With more time at home in the kitchen and less opportunity to eat restaurant or shop bought food, now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen, learn new recipes and cook for our health. Food Savvy has lots of great recipes as well as food and money saving tips. Try cooking classic dishes with less meat with these recipes from the BBC and find ideas and resources on our Cooking page. 

How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Visit Bristol Food Network– the website has information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response, and how you can support it or find help. 
  • Take part in #BristolFoodKind – follow the hashtag to get practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow food at home in a way that is considerate to yourself and the wider community. Post your own your ideas and tips using #BristolFoodKind to inspire others .
  • Tell us your stories and follow them on the Going for Gold blog. 
  • You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration.

If the little choices you made every time you shopped for food and drink could save the planet, would you change your habits?

It’s easy to feel that we don’t have any control over the way the food and drink on offer in the shops and eateries around us is produced or packaged. As shoppers, it’s often difficult to see how we can influence big corporations to make and sell food that’s good for people and the planet. It fact, modern food supply chains are so long and complicated, that it’s sometimes difficult to see how the food we eat has any impact on people or the planet in the first place.

Together though, our collective buying power is an incredible force for good. Reminding ourselves of the invisible impact every purchase we make can have on the environment, on animal welfare and on the people who grow our food—and making just small changes to the way we shop in response—can send a strong message to food manufacturers and retailers about the change we want to see. Some changes seem to take a long time, but they do happen.

You can be part of that change by taking one or more of the better buying actions below. Click on the links below to discover just some of the simple things you can do to make better buying choices and earn a badge for each action you take. Every step counts, and you can share your progress and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gbuyingbetter. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.

Actions you can take as an Individual

Support higher animal welfare standards and sustainable fishing