By being a tourism business you are a consumer, therefore you have purchasing power. By your purchasing behaviour, you can modify (at your level) your local economy in a positive way and more generally the global market.

Changing your purchasing behaviour does not necessarily mean buying more expensive items, but it can, because it is your choice to pay more for something you think fair and worth it.

Customers – green issues are high on customers’ minds. They expect businesses to take a visible, responsible approach to the environment as standard.

Aim to purchase sustainable and ethically sourced products and materials, as this will not only benefit your business, but will be good for the environment.

In the Causeway Coast and Glens area there is a rich diversity of local craft and food and possibilities to buy green product for your business, why not try them?

How to buy more responsibly

  • Offer your visitors quality products
  • Look for labels on products before buying, there are several which guarantee that these products are organic, fair, local, energy efficient, as Fairtrade, European ecolabel, European organic logo or energy efficient rating
  • Buy fruits and vegetables in season; avoid the transportation and the products which are grown in greenhouses (these may use a lot of energy and pesticides)
  • Provide or promote vegetarian food (need less energy to be produce)
  • Buy in bulk to avoid heavy packaging, thus reducing your waste
  • Buy from the local producers to support your local area hence reducing transportation costs.  The quality of the produce is often better and you can be sure that you are paying a fair price for the goods. It can also help to preserve our green space and farmland landscape
  • Buy organic products in order to avoid pesticides, pollution and to take care of your health.
  • Avoid disposable products, to reduce the waste
  • Buy recycled paper for your office or paper from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or PEFC (Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme)

You can find further advice on the followings websites:

European ecolabel: this logo assures that the products which carry it are environmental friendly.

Fair-Trade: works in poorer farming communities and aims to ensure sustainable development through trade agreements which are equitable and fair. For information on products and suppliers check out.

NI Good Food: taste of Ulster “provides a single promotional voice for Northern Ireland’s food and drink”, creates events to promote NI’s food and drink, provides help to find local producers.

Naturally North Coast: “encourages the use of the local produce and promotes local producers who offer an exceptional  range of goods on the north coast of Northern Ireland”, provides information about traditional recipes and local producers in the north coast.

Ulster Farmers’ Union: regroup farmers who want to work for sustainable agriculture, they have produced a food seasonality calendar

Energy Saving Trust: Look for the Energy Saving Trust recommended label to find products that will save energy in your home. These products have to meet strict energy performance criteria, so you know you are getting the best for your money.