Woher kommt mein Produkt? - NIKIN EU

Where does my product come from?

Do you actually know where, by whom and under what circumstances all the things you consume every day are produced? Open your eyes and be aware of what you are buying.

Keep your eyes open when shopping – for nature

Hand on heart, many of us don't really know where everything we consume every day comes from. Do you know who made the clothes you wear? Who is involved in the supply chain of the delicious chocolate that is currently on sale? What side effects does the cultivation of certain products have for people and nature? Admittedly, it is tempting to buy from the discounter. And who doesn't have to watch their money these days? 
Nevertheless: once you know what consequences the production and distribution of many mass products have, you might think differently. And at least it restricts itself a little. 

Where does everything that ends up in our shopping basket every day come from?

Good question - it's often not that easy to understand which route some products take. The outrageous logistics of the inexpensive frozen shrimps, which are fished in the North Sea, pulped in Morocco (really true!) and then shipped back to Germany, have only become aware of consumers through well-designed research and a TV documentary. 

Fashion from eco-hell

Clothing, for example, is now produced in incredible quantities in poorhouses around the world, preferably in Bangladesh, but also in China. Some customers may not even want to know what working conditions there are. And of course, a lot of chemicals are used for fashion-to-go, which eventually end up in the wastewater - and then in the groundwater. Mostly where people live in close proximity, farm, fetch well water.  

Child labor and environmental pollution in many consumer goods 

The chocolate we all love so much often comes from cocoa farms in West Africa or South America. The working conditions are suboptimal, child labor is not uncommon, and the use of pesticides or herbicides is often concealed by the operators. The same applies to growing cut flowers - the beautiful, colorful bouquets that are often offered so cheaply come from far away. Very often from South America. The workers - mostly female workers - are, like many unskilled workers in the Third World, exposed to the environmental toxins used in cultivation. On top of that, everything that is sprayed generously so that we have beautiful flowers in the vase seeps into the groundwater or even wafts into the surrounding villages. 

Large-scale environmental destruction – for profit 

And we don't want to talk in detail here about the palm oil plantations that devour huge areas of rainforest, at least this is known and even the manufacturers of food, such as nut nougat cream, are increasingly swearing off palm oil.
You see, the world is not beautiful everywhere. And our consumption – especially our affordable consumption – has its price. But others pay that. Somewhere where we don't see it. 

YOU can do something – and it doesn’t take much effort 

You can do a lot. The most obvious thing, of course, is to shop in your immediate area where you can see how your food, juice or wine is produced. That's definitely possible - many farmers run farm shops and go so far in transparency that they even offer farm tours. And some of them are committed to sustainable farming, so you can buy organic food in season. This means you buy fairly and support regional producers. And when it comes to food, you can taste the difference! 

Fairtrade – sustainable, ecological, fair 

It becomes more difficult for items from other parts of the world, but also for clothing or toys, gift items, cosmetics and the like. But don't worry, you can also buy this with a clear conscience. That's why the global Fairtrade network exists. Fairtrade means, first of all, that producers are paid fairly and appropriately. At the same time, Fairtrade also strives for sustainability in production. In this way, education and training are provided in the countries of origin and important support is provided so that producers learn to produce high-quality goods for which consumers in Europe are happy to pay a little more. Since Fairtrade producers can often use the concept to break out of the vicious circle of poverty, the first step is often to better educate their own children and thus pass on the effects to the next generation. 

That's why: keep your eyes open when shopping

Fair trade products are marked with the Fairtrade seal. Some of them can be found in conventional supermarkets or drugstores. In addition, you can browse to your heart's content in the so-called world shops. From clothing to chocolate bars, there are only goods here that could survive the strict scrutiny of world store buyers. 

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