Eat more consciously
Your choice of food is one of the main things you can use to control your impact on the environment. The important step is not to go 100 % vegan or to set up rules for yourself to restrict your desires. The important step is to start choosing food out of awareness and consideration of the planet and your own health. Start weighing the values you feel that you get from a certain food against the consequences it has. Thereby food choices will be a conscious decision rather than an automatic behaviour.
Don’t worry, this all sounds a lot more complicated than it is. We have the complete guide for what you need to know in order to become a true pro of sustainable food choices AND a bunch of tips, recommendations and tools for you to easily get started. The key of changing a habit is to make it really easy to do so.
Veganism and Vegeterianism
One of the major differences you can make to minimize your carbon footprint is to change to a plant-based diet. We guarantee that the journey towards a plant-based life is delicious, fun and full of surprises! As changing your diet might not be the easiest thing for everyone, there are several hacks and of course, delicious recipes. And you won’t suffer from the lack of proteins.
Make plant based food the easy option by putting up vegan recipes on the fridge, plan your meals and get inspired by vegetarian recipe books and online vegan recipes. There are also great food boxes delivering vegetarian or vegan dinner courses for you to cook, we recommend Årstiderna as one of them. Ebbas Skafferi also delivers ready to warm vegan foodboxes that are delicious. Get support and inspiration from others by joining a vegetarian group or follow them online.
If you want to know more about what effect meet production has on the planet there are plenty of good documentaries demonstrating this, for example Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives and Earthlings.
If you still want to eat meat once in a while that is okey, just make sure to choose Swedish meat from grazing cows which actually help more than they harm the environment and see it as a luxury. If you or someone you know is a hunter, wild meat from hunted approved animals is also a good option.
Eating products that grows close to us in season is not only better for the environment, it’s also a lot more delicious and nutritious. Try to buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season in your area and learn how to preserve these to enjoy them on a later time (see the section for cooking skills). Here you can see veggies and fruits by season in Sweden.
Today our food gets transported ridiculous distances, often back and forward before eventually ending up in the supermarkets. These transports have a severe impact on the environment, only so that we can eat mango or avocado all year around. There are ways to avoid this that doesn’t only include stop buying fruits from the other side of the planet.
You can buy super fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, honey and much more from your local farmers through Reko-Ring and Reko-deli.
You can also turn to stores that take in more local products and look for these products when you are shopping. Another option, for the ones that are not afraid to get their hands a bit dirty, is to start growing some vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and sprouts in your own home, garden or through urban gardening. (Read more about this in the free time section). It is a very rewarding feeling to be able to cook out of your own veggies and it might very well reduce stress.
Have a look at where you can buy sustainable food in Lund here
Improve your cooking skills by making more dishes on your own. Here are several things you can start doing, press the links to get more instructions.
Minimizing food waste
Today 88 million tonnesof food is being thrown away in EU per year. Most of this food is as good as any other food but due to bad habits and miss information it gets tossed in the trash any way. The things you can do in your own home to minimize food waste is:
- Eat your food in the right order, regularly check what you have in your fridge and plan your meals to include ingredients that are about to go bad. You could make a shelf designated for those products to make sure they don’t get lost in the back of the fridge and to remind you to eat them. If your veggies has gone soft, you can make a soup out of them.
- Trust you sense of smell. The best before mark only demonstrates that the product is at its best before the date, not that it’s bad after it. Many products like egg and dairy remane good long after those dates if kept at right temperature.
- Use your freezer! You’d be surprised of how many things that work fine to keep in the freezer.
- Choose products with a longer expire date. For example choose plant based milk instead of dairy.
- Eat all of the fruit and vegetable. Keep the peel on them, it’s the most healthy part. Try to include every part of the fruit/vegetable, the fruit house is perfectly fine to eat and contains good fibers. Don’t eat the seeds of the apple though as these are poisonous in larger amounts. Use the peel of the citrus to flavour a cake or a meal, you can save this in the freezer as well.
Restaurants and stores have a huge amount of wasted food. But there are things you can do about this as well:
- Become a member at Food saving lund and line up for free food that the bakeries and stores will throw away otherwise.
- Buy your lunch or dinner take away from TooGoodToGo or Karma and get a cheaper price of the restaurant’s and store’s leftovers.
- Choose the ugly veggies and fruits in the store when you shop, these usually gets thrown away even though they taste the same as the others.
- Go Dumpsterdiving and pick up the food that the stores throw away.