7 Ways to Start Eating for the Environment
So you care about the planet, and maybe you’re toying around with taking a more environmentally-friendly approach to food. But how? We’ve pulled together a bunch of ideas to try as you figure out what fits.
1. Shop for seasonal produce
Buy produce that’s in season in your area to help cut down on the transportation required to get that produce to you, and the human assistance required to grow that produce (like pesticides and genetic modifications). Check out a local farmer’s market, subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box, or select seasonal produce on your next trip to the grocery store.
2. Eat a few meals meat-free
Cutting down on meat consumption is a step toward cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. Try it by assigning a meal, day, or other time period to be meat-free. Check out Pinterest or #MeatlessMondays for all kinds of easy meat-free recipe ideas.
3. Scale down on scarce resources
Just because a certain ingredient is plentiful in one place, doesn’t mean it’s plentiful everywhere, or forever for that matter. You may have heard some of the news around foods like quinoa, almonds, and avocado. While we don’t always know the full back story of everything we eat, it’s a good reminder to think about stay mindful and act when we can.
4. Bring reusable grocery bags
Plastic grocery bags are the source of a lot of environmental problems, including the pollution of coastlines and endangering of sea animals. Opting for reusable grocery bags is one small way to help reduce waste. Keep a stash in your car or opt for one that fits in your purse just in case.
5. Choose reusable food storage
A good set of reusable food storage containers goes a long way, from reducing food waste (since you now have a place to save it) to reducing trash in landfills. Glass is a good option if you want to get a little more life out of your containers (and they’re dishwasher-friendly).
6. Eat leftovers
According to the EPA, food waste is the number one material sent to landfills and incinerators – more than plastic and metal combined. That means that eating leftovers is as good for your wallet as it is for the environment. Meals in a bowl are a favorite for leftovers!
7. Start composting
Composting helps reduce methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint. Compost containers are easy, affordable, and put your food scraps to good use. You don’t have to live on a farm to compost. You can do it from your home – even if that’s a Brooklyn apartment!