The way we eat makes a big difference on our environmental impact. Here are some ways that you can eat more sustainably and reduce your food-related eco footprint!
Eat seasonal produce
Eating produce that’s in season helps local farmers and business, it's usually cheaper and better quality, and it’s the more sustainable choice. Seasonal produce isn’t stored as long and generally isn’t transported as far as out-of-season produce, which significantly cuts down on food mileage and therefore our carbon footprint.
The best way to shop seasonally is by heading to your local farmers market! Otherwise, do some research on the internet to see what is in season where you live, a big hint is: if a food gets a hefty price hike, then it’s probably out of season!
Eat less animal products and more plant-based foodsIt takes a huge amount of natural resources to mass produce animal products! Going vegan can dramatically decrease your carbon footprint, but even if you don’t commit to the vegan lifestyle 100% of the time, you could make a big difference by simply eating only plant-based foods a few days a week.
Filling our plates with plant foods should be a priority at every meal. The production of whole plant foods generally has much less of an environmental impact than animal foods.
Buy fair trade
When you buy fair trade foods, you’re supporting a cause that’s invested in improving the working conditions of farmers and holding farms accountable for the environmental standards they must comply with. Whether it’s a small chocolate bar or a box of cereal, buying fair trade means you’re purchasing products that were made with no GMOs, and with sustainably sourced soil and water.
Compost your food waste
Instead of tossing a lot of your food waste, start a compost bin! Composting allows minerals and nutrients to be recycled, so instead of creating trash, food becomes soil, which grows more food, which can be turned back into soil!
Start a little veggie gardenGrowing your own food reduces how much food mileage you imprint on the earth, as well as how many resources are used to get the food to your table. If you live in an oversaturated city, look for community garden spaces where you can participate.
If you have the means, always choose organic! By doing so, you’re not paying into a system that mistreats the planet with harsh chemicals.
Shop in bulkYou’ll waste less packaging and the food you get will have required less transportation to get to you.
Plan your meals and food shoppingPlanning your meals before going shopping and only buying as much as you need can help reduce household food waste, helping the environment and saving you money.
Eat less processed and packaged food
These foods tend to be more resource intensive to produce. Also, if packaging isn’t recyclable, it goes into landfill, contributing to our overall waste problem.
Use recycled and reusable kitchenware
Thrift shops and garage sales are a great place to pick up cheap perfectly good crockery, utensils, cookware and much more! It’s much more sustainable to use what’s already been produced than to require new products every time you have a kitchen need.
Purchase kitchen products that are made from recycled natural materials, like COCONUT BOWLS! Our bowls are made from 100% recycled coconut shells that are discarded from the coconut water, flesh and oil industries. Learn more about how bowls are harvested and made here.