I used to be on the EUFIC occasion in Belgium a pair weeks in the past for his or her Meals Unfolded #EatingTheGap occasion, and the theme was meals sustainability and vitamin.
There may be plenty of buzz within the media about plant primarily based and vegan diets and their affect on the atmosphere, however what about individuals who aren’t vegan? Regardless of your diet, there are steps you possibly can take to extend your individual meals sustainability. We use 40% of our land for meals, and 70% of our water – and but we’re throwing away 1/three of all of it! So listed below are some easy steps you possibly can take to lower your carbon footprint as a result of after-all, there is no such thing as a planet B:
Retailer meals correctly:
I do a meals store about as soon as every week, and once I get dwelling the very first thing I do is retailer the whole lot correctly. Greens get washed, dried (salad spinner is a saviour), and saved in a glass container lined with paper towels. Herbs get the stems trimmed and are saved in a glass jar with water. For those who’re unsure, have a fast google and discover the easiest way to retailer particular meals.
Don’t throw meals away:
This continues on from storing meals correctly, nevertheless it additionally consists of not shopping for greater than you want and coping with it correctly if you do. Make use of your freezer (for instance, freeze bread slices, meats, leftovers), and concentrate on the meals you’ve gotten within the fridge and after they expire. Veggies going dangerous? Make an enormous ol’ stew, chilli, curry, roast them and freeze leftovers. Throwing meals away is an enormous waste of your cash, and in addition a waste of sources.
Both at dwelling, or some locations mean you can convey/decide up your meals waste and so they compost it for you. About 80% of my non-recyclable trash is meals gadgets (egg shells, avocado skins, banana peels, vegetable tops and seeds, and many others), which all results in landfill if not composted. That meals then turns into biogas and contributes to the local weather crises, with an estimated 34% of methane emissions (which is about 20x extra damaging than C02!) coming from rotten meals.
Store from bulk bins and packaging & plastic free retailers:
There was an increase in plastic free buying, which I’m tremendous stoked about. Individually wrapped bananas and apples? No thanks. Some locations go even additional, the place there may be zero plastic and packaging within the store. You possibly can both take your individual containers, or use their recycled paper baggage to refill as a lot or as little of what you fancy. It’s my go-to for many dry items equivalent to rice, flour, nuts, seeds, lentils, granola, oats, dried fruits, muesli, and even popcorn.
Use glass jars and containers:
This isn’t just for plastic free buying, but in addition when shopping for merchandise. Prioritising gadgets that are available in glass jars implies that a) no plastic is used and b) you get a “free” glass jar when you’ve used the products inside it. For issues equivalent to nut butters, pasta sauce, olives, and so forth I at all times attempt to get one in a glass jar.
Purchase native and natural the place doable:
Do what your finances permits, and what’s out there to you. Shopping for native means the chance of the meals being more energizing is greater, however can also be implies that it didn’t must journey far to get to you. Whereas the claims of natural meals being greater in vitamin remains to be debated, it’s true that natural (and particularly biodynamic) is healthier for the atmosphere.
For those who head to my Instagram, I cut back meals waste part on this on my highlights with little video snippets and ideas!