Shop sustainably

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By shopping locally, not only do you boost the local economy, but you help to build local communities.  Taking a reusable bag to the shops saves on carrier bag charges, which soon adds up.  Shopping locally also cuts down on transport costs to get your shopping home – there is even a student cooperative shop and a regular food market on campus.

You can bring your own mug to any cafe on campus, or join the YORCUP scheme.  You can bring your own food containers too.

When buying tea, coffee, sugar, bananas and other food items, consider buying Fairtrade to give farmers and producers better prices and working conditions.  York is a Fairtrade city and there are a large number of cafes, restaurants and shops that sell fairtrade products.  The University is also fairtrade certified, so look out for fairtrade options on campus.

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