Many shoppers have become more aware of the impact they’re having on the planet when making purchases, with sustainability high on the agenda and increasingly important.

But at a time when households have become particularly cost-conscious, some may be concerned they can’t necessarily afford to pay for goods which have been produced in a way that’s kinder to the world around them.

Shopping sustainably doesn’t always have to mean paying much more at the till, however. Some small tweaks could make a significant difference, even for those on a budget.

Here are some tips from Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi, for sustainable shopping on a budget…

1. Buy what’s in season
Fruit and vegetables can often be cheaper – and tastier – if they are in season, as there is simply more of them available. Buying food that originated in Ireland will also help to Irish food producers and help cut ‘food miles’ – the distance the food has travelled to get to your plate.

Over the summer months, for example, you may find supermarkets are stocked up with certain in-season fruit and veg such as strawberries, rhubarb, and aubergines so it can be a good idea to research recipes in advance to inspire you.

Read more: 7 meal prep hacks to make life easier

2. Cut food waste
A great way of saving money is to eat everything you buy, as it’s estimated that households throw away one-fifth of all the food bought every week. Be wary of ‘multi-buy’ deals that might lead you to buy more than you actually need.

Buying in bulk and cooking up meals that can be frozen and consumed at a later date is an easy way to make the food you buy go further and reduces the chance of having to throw away anything unused. 

Read more: How to cut down food waste at home

3. Go ‘cruelty-free’ when you clean
Many shoppers will look for cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries, but household cleaning products may also be tested on animals. Cruelty-Free International awards its gold standard ‘leaping bunny’ certification across household cosmetics and toiletries.

Ireland has a great selection of eco-friendly stores including The Kind, EverGreen, EcoStore and Little Green Shop.

Aldi has a wide range of budget-friendly recipes to help you do more with your leftovers, click here for more info.