1. Eat Local and Seasonal
Eating local and seasonal limits the number of kilometers traveled between the field and our plate. Joining the local solidarity market or organic baskets in your region is a medium-term commitment to discover new vegetables and encourage the local economy while eating fresh food! An easy step to reduce your environmental footprint.
2. Eat Organic
Eating organic can reduce pesticide exposure while having a lesser impact on the environment. Conventional agriculture uses chemicals that damage biodiversity and endanger critical species such as our friends bees. It is also one of the main sources of pollution of rivers and groundwater.
3. Avoid food waste
Balances push us to buy in bulk. Unfortunately, we all know that some of this food will end up in garbage cans. The trick is to plan menus to buy only the necessary. It’s good for his budget, his belly and the planet. We can also participate in the movement by buying ugly vegetables and send the message to the industry that it is time to change the way it works.
4. Avoid overpacks and single-use products
The most effective is to limit the problem to the source. The Zero Waste Challenge made me realize how much of what you eat is overpacked. Avoiding processed foods, buying in bulk, saying goodbye to coffee capsules, washing your Ziplocs and using cloth napkins are examples of small things that help reduce waste. The secret is to become aware of its old reflexes to better change them. For women, Divacup is an ecological, economical and health option to reduce waste each month. It’s not necessarily for everyone, but it’s worth a try if only for the freedom to hike or camp!
5. Consume responsibly
The temptation to procure low-cost items is strong. Unfortunately, it encourages an industry that exploits its workers to produce short-lived goods that will be quickly discarded. Buying biodegradable household products or making them yourself from natural products is another example of responsible drinking. The idea is not to feel guilty every time you take out your wallet. Life is too short for that. Let’s just be aware that every purchase is a vote. Every little thing done to reduce your environmental footprint is a move toward a greener earth.
And if rather than just criticizing the leaders of the world we tried, a small gesture at a time, to improve oneself? To adopt a responsible behavior is to transmit it to our children. If everyone goes, these little things will become big. I like to believe that humanity still has a little good in it.