Sustainable eating and drinking; if this had been mentioned ten years ago, people would have turned a blind eye and carried on living life under their existing habits. Now it’s 2021, and more people than ever before are adopting a more sustainable, healthy, and eco-friendly lifestyle one way or another.
We understand that it’s difficult to swap out all old habits for new ones, but doing your bit certainly counts. It helps us all take a step in the right direction to achieving a healthier and happier planet.
Here are a few simple things you can consider changing regarding eating and drinking to help contribute to a more sustainable way of living.
Reduce your meat consumption
David Attenborough has warned us already in the documentaryA Life On Our Planet, “The planet can’t support billions of meat-eaters. If we all ate only plants, we’d need only half the land we use at the moment."
Something to consider is that even if we made an effort to cut out meat from one or two meals a week, it would make a difference to the planet. Think of the bigger picture, one or two meals a week really isn’t a lot at all!
Why not try swapping out chicken for tofu or Quorn? There are also millions of delicious vegetarian recipes out there to substitute your meat-filled dishes, such as potato curries, vegetable lasagnas, hearty pasta, and tasty stews.
Order fewer takeaways and cook fresh food instead
Let’s stop for a minute and think about how much packaging is used when we order a takeaway. From plastic boxes and plastic bags to foil and cardboard… It all seems a little unnecessary, doesn’t it?
Instead, cooking fresh food doesn’t involve nearly half as much packaging or wastage. Especially when you can buy fresh, loose produce from your local grocery store or even grow your own fruits and vegetables. Shopping locally or growing your own food at home provides you with a much better insight into how food is produced, so there is actually a huge educational advantage to this as well.
Plus, if you really want to maximise your fresh ingredients, cook more than you need and cover up the leftovers to eat another day using our beeswax wraps.
Swap out your seafood for something new
Fish can generally be a good part of an overall healthy lifestyle and is an excellent source of protein. However, these days, some species are often ‘overfished’ and can be produced in ways that harm the marine environment.
To help do your bit, consider swapping out certain species of fish for others. For example, choose farmed salmon, hand-picked cockles, and north-east Arctic cod over swordfish, plaice, and conger eel.
Keep drinking tea and squash
Tea is quite a good option for drinking eco-friendly because it’s a lightweight product that usually only requires you to add water. Although, some brands of tea do actually contain plastic. So, it’s important to choose brands that don’t use plastic in their products, such as Tea Pigs, PG Tips, Pukka Herbs, and Twinings pyramid range.
Similarly, drinking squash only requires adding water, which makes it a great eco-friendly option, especially when packaged in a glass bottle instead of plastic.
Enjoy a drink at the local pub
If you think about it, popping by the local for a beer cuts out the need for any drinks packaging. Enjoying a glass or two of freshly-drawn draught beer from a keg is a much more sustainable way of drinking than buying a four-pack of beer cans or bottles from the shop. You’ll also find that many pubs and bars offer on-tap wine from recyclable key-kegs, so there is no need to package in glass bottles.
Finally, ditch the cling film and foil and use our eco-friendly beeswax wraps!
Another super-easy way to be sustainable is to swap out the use of cling film or foil and wrap up food and leftovers using our useful beeswax wraps. We have loads of beautiful designs to choose from, plus they’re reusable and washable, so you can make sure you get 100% out of them.
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