“But this is a nutrition blog, what does this have to do with sustainability?” I hear you cry!
There are so many ways to contribute, not just on Earth Day but everyday.
Consider where your food comes from. Often using local farmers markets and greengrocers for example can ensure that your food is locally sourced, reducing transportation, reducing packaging, and supporting local workers.
Only buy what you need. It may sound obvious
but have a look at your bin at the end of the day. Are you putting too much food on your plate and it’s wasted when you can’t eat it? Maybe you’ve bought too much fresh veg and it’s gone off so you are throwing it away. Again, using those local shops and markets means that you can buy just the quantities that you need. Or in the supermarket could you choose the loose fruit and vegetables rather than the prepackaged options?
This will also help to reduce the plastic in your shopping trolley. I challenge you to unwrap all of your items when you get home from your next food shop and pile up all of the plastic. It’s quite shocking to see it there all together. When you look at the type of plastic you have there you might be surprised at how much of it is not recyclable. Take a look at the labels and see which items you can send to the recycling bin and which will go to landfill. Find lots of lovely reusable shopping bags too. There’s no need for plastic bags any more when there are so many other options for carrying your shopping.
The dairy and meat industry uses chemicals in farming, production and packaging which, along with the chemicals emitted into the environment in those processes. Choosing a smaller but better cut of locally farmed, more organic meats will have a positive impact on the environment, and by default on your overall diet and health.
With a little bit of thought you can make some small changes in your shopping and eating habits and contribute to a bigger issue being tackled by many. Happy Earth Day everyone. Let’s do what we can to keep our Earth beautiful, green, healthy and providing for us.