Climate change and the threat of food shortage in our world today are two alarming issues that scientists and governments around the world continue to work out. Several campaigns to preserve our planet earth have been published, calling for global action to act more responsibly towards our surroundings. Responsible consumption and production is one of the Sustainable Development Goals that the UN adopted to reach by 2030. The question is how can you contribute to reach this goal?
One of the easy changes you can make in life is to start cooking sustainably. What we eat, how we source our products, how we package them and how we cook, all affect our health and that of our planet. The only way to be able to make sustainable choices at every step of the process, is to cook at home. Learn how to use your food, minimise food-waste and actually save a little buck! Make decisions that are better for the environment, animals and people.
There’s a lot of ways to make your kitchen greener. First of all, avoid plastic. Prioritise shopping loose products, then pick anything packaged in glass as you can reuse them as storage containers. Tins would be the third choice, followed by carton / paper. When there are really no other options, plastic would be the last one to consider. With Bolsita Verde you’ll be assured of a waste-free service as all our products are either placed loose in the reusable delivery bag, packed in glass jars or come in biodegradable paper bags. The glass jars and delivery bag will be returned and reused for your next order.
Buy local, seasonal and environmentally friendly products. Buy produce from your local farmer. Eat the veggies that are in season and check for recognised fair-trade or eco labels on your products. Keep your carbon footprint as low as possible by choosing your food wisely. At Bolsita Verde we carefully put together our weekly menus by focusing on seasonal products and prioritising local and organic products.
Avoiding any food-waste is another very important factor. Use the whole vegetable from stem to leaf and compost any leftover scraps. Plan your meals, so you don’t end up with a fridge full of unused products. Not sure what to make from your leftover veggies? There’s tons of recipes for stocks, jams or pickles out there to get inspired. With a meal kit delivery service like Bolsita Verde you’ll minimise your food-waste as you’ll receive the exact right quantities needed to cook your selected recipes.
Shifting to a plant-based diet or even implementing it only a few days a week, is the best thing you can do to make your kitchen more sustainable. The impact that cutting out meat and dairy from your daily meals has on your carbon footprint is just insane. That’s definitely one of the main reasons why we decided at Bolsita Verde to only offer plant-based meals. It’s not that we want to turn the entire world vegan, but changing to a plant-based diet for a few days a week would already make a big difference.
Last but not least: don’t be afraid to buy ugly looking vegetables. They will never make it to the regular supermarkets, but they’re still completely fine to consume. All chopped-up you won’t even notice the difference.
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