The key to being ‘eco-friendly’ is the creation of more sustainable lifestyle habits. To encourage this Foodsake have collaborated with Leicester’s NADA zero waste and bulk food store who pride themselves on being 100% sustainable, stocking local and ethically sourced produce. NADA aligns with Foodsake’s mission, not just by stocking ‘Freefrom’ goods, but goods that are ‘Freefrom’ single-use plastics and aim to minimise waste. Together, and with your help, we can take greater steps towards creating a more environmentally friendly world. Below are our 3 top tips on how to incorporate more sustainable habits into your lifestyle.
1. Manage waste
The two main sources of waste that are currently creating a large impact on our global environment are food waste and product waste. The UNEP Report (2021) on food waste estimates that in 2019 931 million tonnes of food waste was generated; 61% of this waste coming from households , 26% from foodservice, and the final 13% by retail. To manage and minimise food waste opt to use leftovers, compost, store food properly, only buy what you need, and take advantage of food surplus apps such as TooGoodtoGo.
Regarding product waste, we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. According to UNEP (2021), only 9% of plastic waste ever produced has been recycled, 12% incinerated, while the other 79% is found in landfills or the natural environment. If this is to continue, it is believed that by 2050 our oceans will be more plastic than fish. The simplest steps to take when managing these forms of product waste are to reduce, reuse and recycle. This also involves avoiding single use utensils and containers, and in place, elect to use more biodegradable, or previously recycled products. For some inspiration, why not start by taking a look at our range of sustainable kitchen products:
Wax food wraps – These are the perfect reusable and plastic-free alternative to cling film which keeps your food naturally fresh for even longer!
Coconut bowls – These bowls are made from the waste product of coconut fruit, giving new life to discarded coconut shells.
Reusable metal straws – These rainbow stainless steel straws will brighten up your day, as they’re not just colourful but they are also the perfect alternative to plastic straws.
2. Consider a more Plant-based diet
Over the past decade, multiple studies have shown that the environmental impact of animal farming creates an overwhelming contribution to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions more than half (58%) of food emissions come from animal products. By considering adopting a more plant-based diet could help protect the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and can also be beneficial for your health. The smallest behaviour change, over time, can make the biggest difference. Why not start small by trying out “Meatless Mondays”? If you’re looking for some inspiration take a look at our recipe for Hoisin Glazed Tofu, or, if you fancy something sweet why not try our recipe for Vegan Chocolate Mousse.
3. Shop small and shop local
“Food Miles” is the distance between where food is sourced and grown, to where it is eaten. By reducing these food miles will help to reduce the percentage of carbon emissions that are produced by the overseas haulage of fresh produce. To increase awareness of the carbon footprint associated with food products some brands, such as Quorn in 2020, introduced carbon labelling to their products which gave an indication on the products total carbon footprint which is certified by the Carbon Trust. Changes to your lifestyle could include looking out for Carbon labels and shopping local such as at farmers markets (which can even be cost-saving!). Additionally, if you live in the Leicestershire area, why not take a trip over to Leicester’s NADA Zero waste store sell a large range of sustainable food items including nuts, seeds, pasta, cereals, flours, chocolates, and spices which are sourced as locally as possible. Alike NADA many other small businesses with a mission for sustainability often take pride in supplying British produce and source stock locally to reduce carbon emissions.
Together, we can protect the planet by living life a little greener to reduce the harm to the environment. Meaningful change can be small. These simple tips are just a few of the numerous slight changes you can make to your lifestyle to begin making the biggest impact.
So, let us embrace and nurture the beauty of our natural world by making change today for a beautiful tomorrow.
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