I believe that small, sustainable changes are the way to drastically reduce carbon emissions and save the planet. If you try any of these changes, you might discover a health benefit alongside an environmental one. I practice what I preach and incorporate all of these tips in my every day life.
Reduce your meat intake
The industry surrounding the production of meat is one of the worst for greenhouse gas emissions, use of water and deforestation. By lowering your personal demand for meat, you can help to alleviate these consequences. There are so many vegetarian and vegan recipes to try and they’re so delicious! When I do buy meat, I purchase organic and Bristish as much as possible. I like to support local farmers as well as ensure high standards of animal welfare.
This all stands for dairy products too. I personally rarely eat cheese, cow’s milk or yogurt, instead I experiment with almond milk and co-yo. I have meat around four times a week, but not very much of it each time. See Rachel de Thample’s Less Meat More Veg book for some great info around eating meat sustainably.
PS Fish is a whole different kettle of . . . Well, you know. I need another post for this!
When you consider all the energy, the labour, the resources and the time it takes to produce food, it’s a real kicker to just throw it in the bin. Exercising sensible portion control, utilising clever cooking and buying only what you need are all simple ways that you can reduce your household waste and save it from filling up landfills. I’m lucky that Bristol has an excellent recycling scheme so I can dispose my waste responsibly. I would encourage everyone to recycle as much as possible and compost all food scraps.
Look out for buzzwords
Fair trade, British and organic are all labels I look out for when buying food. Fairtrade insists on ethical practice, meaning producers are paid a fair price for their goods. The knock on effect of this tends to be a boost to that economy and therefore, an increased standard of living. British produce means the item has not been flown in from hundreds of miles away (thus reducing emissions) and supporting local businesses, again boosting economy. Organic means the food has been produced to a high standard, protecting wildlife, rejuvenating the soil and normally tastes better!
For me personally, organic is the over ruling arch. Nurturing the soil through organic practice should be top priority all over the world. Products that hit all three buzzwords are my favourites. I like to vote with my purse and use my money to invest in products and businesses that I want to support.