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Buying responsibly sourced ingredients is an excellent way to reduce your environmental impact.

Whether that’s Fairtrade coffee for your morning cuppa, that also supports producers across the world, or seafood for your supper, sourced from a fishery that helps protect the marine eco-system, there are lots of ways to fill your trolley with responsibly sourced ingredients.

Here are our top reasons to feel great about buying ingredients that have been responsibly sourced.

It looks after the planet

Responsibly sourced ingredients aim to be grown, harvested and transported in ways that minimise their impact on the planet by being mindful of deforestation, water waste, environmental pollution and other supply chain risks.

So when you buy something that’s been responsibly sourced – or made with responsibly sourced ingredients – you know you’re helping to make a difference.

It supports communities

When you buy something that’s been responsibly sourced, you’ll know it’s been produced with farmers’ and workers’ rights in mind, prioritising their welfare through good working conditions and fair wages.

We’re proud to support the amazing work that the Fairtrade Foundation does in this area. Back in 1998, we were proud to become the first UK supermarket to stock Fairtrade products in all our stores, and since then, we’ve continued to champion the amazing work Fairtrade does. At Co-op, we see Fairtrade as the gold standard, and believe it is the best way of doing business with our producers.

It’s protecting the world for future generations

Unsustainable farming practices, unrecyclable packaging and over-farming exhaustible resources are damaging our planet. But when you choose ingredients from responsible sources, instead of ones from unsustainable sources, you’re helping to reduce the risk of any long-term impact on the environment.  

It’s easy to do at your local Co-op

An easy way to fill your kitchen with delicious, responsibly sourced ingredients is to shop at Co-op, where we’re working hard to improve sustainability credentials and reduce the impact of 30 key ingredients like rice, coffee and sugar.  

That includes ingredients used to make our own-brand foods too. For instance, the palm oil we use to make delicious products like our chocolate brownies and our fish pies is covered by RSPO standards. Plus, 95% of the wood and paper we use in our products is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or recycled sources, and by 2025 we aim to make 100% of the soy used to feed animals in our supply chain sustainably sourced.

Alastair Pattrick
Food Policy Officer

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. You still use too much plastic! This particularly applies to vegetables.

  2. Although “unsustainable” farming practices are mentioned, there is no clarity regarding factory farming and the extreme cruelty involved. Avoiding produce from factory farms, full of antibiotics and possibly growth hormones, and with a high possibility of disease, is just as important as avoiding produce from chemical laden monoculture.


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