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
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.
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.