We can no longer ignore the impact humans have on the planet. We hear about extinction, global warming, and see the effects of plastics on the ocean and sea life. So what can we do as foodies to help? No, you don’t need to become vegan (that’s up to you), but by making small changes, you can make a difference!
We all know we should be more eco-conscious. But how? Where do we start? We’ve become so accustomed to the comfortable life we have, that many of us don’t know that even small changes can make a difference. Here are a few ways you can start.
When you’re out and about, keep a reusable travel mug with you. This means you won’t have to use a disposable cup every time you get a coffee to-go. Some coffee shops even offer a discount if you bring your own cup! There are many different types of flasks and mugs available, it all depends on your lifestyle. Plastic is affordable and easy to carry, but it isn’t as durable. So you will end up buying a new one more often. Metal flasks offer great insulation (for both hot and cold drinks), but they are more expensive and heavier.
If there is one thing you shouldn’t be without, it’s your own straw. It is estimated that 500 million straws are thrown away each day, in the US alone. These days there are many reusable straw options ranging from bamboo, stainless-steel, and even glass! Glass and stainless straws are dishwasher safe, but bamboo straws need to be washed with a small cleaning brush. If you have children, you should note that glass straws could be a hazard as it breaks easily. The stainless-steel straw can also become very hot and very cold.
Plastic shopping bags take years to break down. Keep a few reusable fabric bags in your car when you go shopping. Also buy loose fruits and vegetables whenever you have the option. Try buying in bulk. Buying a large container once makes more sense than buying several smaller ones. It might not seem like much, but all the plastics you use can add up with every weekly shopping trip.
It’s said that a US household wastes about 238 pounds of food per year! To reduce this number, start by repurposing your vegetable scraps instead of throwing it in the bin. By composting vegetable scraps, you can reuse it in your vegetable garden to improve water retention and add nutrients.
We know you will love this tip! If you ever needed an excuse to buy a dishwasher, you now have one. Dishwashers only use 13 liters of water, whereas handwashing needs up to 140 liters! It therefore saves money, time, and water.
What is your favorite earth saving tip?