Buying Better

Bristol has secured its place as a Gold Sustainable Food City – an incredible achievement that we can all be proud of. But there is still so much more to be done as we recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we look ahead to 2030 and the future of food in our city. The need for a resilient, active and collaborative food community has never been greater.

You can continue to explore the original Bristol Going for Gold themes, and register and log your actions, knowing that every action you take will continue to transform food in our city.

We also invite you to take a look at the Bristol Bites Back Better actions, and to share how you are helping Bristol to #BiteBackBetter from the pandemic on social media.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you and your community about the changes you’d like to see for food in Bristol by 2030, helping to shape the future of food in Bristol for the next decade – Join the Conversation here.

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

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