Eco Friendly Food Hacks
We think respecting the environment is incredibly important, and want to talk about some of the easiest ways in which consumers can reduce their carbon footprint in terms of simple food practices. Keep in mind this blog post is meant to address what individual consumers can do to help, even though changes in business practices and policy change on an international cooperative level are going to be vital in the coming years.
We also want to make it clear that we aren’t trying to tell anyone what to do. What we are trying to do is offer solutions for those that would like to put in the effort.
- Consider not buying foods that come wrapped in excessive packaging. This could mean simply putting those apples in your cart and not in a plastic bag AND THEN your cart. Or maybe you could cut down on microwavable meals that come in those little plastic trays. The point is, avoid buying overly packaged food items. It will really help cut down on waste in the long run.
- Eat less meat. Honestly, this is one I need to work on as well. Maybe I could do this one in baby steps. Perhaps I could start off with a rule where I am only allowed to eat meat past 6:00 PM at night, a part time vegetarian so to speak. To be clear, we want to support the tendency to eat less meat and NOT simply the idea. More specifically, we're not trying to promote any -ism, -ian, or -ist. We encourage you to create better habits because they are good habits to maintain. Not because we want you to support a certain ideology.
- Reduce food waste by saving leftovers for the next meal. This is probably the easiest thing to do on this list, and requires very little effort to accomplish.
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“5 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Eating.” GustoTV.com, www.gustotv.com/food/5-tips-for-environmentally-friendly-eating/.
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