As much as I'd love to shop exclusively at local, Fairtrade, organic, free range farm shops the reality is that more often than not I'm in a chain of supermarket buying my food and household items.
Supermarkets are often portrayed as the evil monsters in the consumer story but are they really that bad? They have such great marketing power than when used for good it can change markets around the world and change industries, benefiting thousands. But like superheroes and villains it all depends on whether they accept the great responsibility that comes with great power.
I've found, and have been reading with interest, a few different articles on different aspects of supermarkets ethical and environmental credentials and policies. Whether it's giving leftover products to charities, working in partnership with organisations, having ethical credentials or sorting out their in-house greenery there are a lot of opinions and a lot of different policies from all the different supermarkets. They're not all completely bad, but none of them are perfect either. A bit like people really, and it's probably wise to remember we're not greener than green all the time, before judging others!
Here are the articles I've found so far:
Supermarkets giving old products to charities-here
Tesco working with the RSPB-here and here
Plastic bags (horrible things!) and the Prime Minister's thoughts- here
General green credentials of the supermarkets- here
If you find anything else on supermarkets I'd love to hear about it, just leave a comment below.