To adopt a new green way of life, you must change some of your old habits. Start thinking differently to the way you are used to act and to eat every day since forever. Start thinking about the ins and outs of every single action before you get to buy. Before you get to eat, drink or try something new.
I know it may sound just tad too cautious, too rational or a bit of hassle to apply. But, let me show you how easy it can be.
Whether it gets to beauty products, clothes or food, there are a few easy tricks to adopt and apply to become an ecofriendly consumer. Which basically means to consume with an environmental state of mind and preserve the health of our planet through our shopping methods.
In this series My Ecofriendly Guide, I will present you how to choose better food whose impact on the planet will be close to zero. What if we choose to help ourselves, our wallet, our mind, body and soul and the planet as well ? It’s a win win win situation !
Let’s choose local products according to seasons
By definition, you must forget about grocery stores, at all ! Everything (or almost everything) is imported from somewhere else on the planet. Legumes or vegetables from Spain or South America. Fruits from Israel. Coffee, from Peru or Costa Rica (read my other article about Costa Rica most sustainable coffee). Households from China or else…Only the organic rows can present you local products. But that’s not even a guarantee. Besides, when you buy organic products at your general grocery shop, the bill tastes way too bitter.
Choose sustainable production methods. You must learn to live and feed yourself depending on the seasons. So, let’s go all in for short food chains supply. Go to your farmers market on weekends. Find a vegetables producer who delivers baskets of vegetables (with recipes included please) to your home. To help you out, you can find a very nice vegetables and fruits calendar by each month of the year realized by the talented Claire Sophie illustrator . It’s in French but I’m pretty sure you can figure it out !
Don’t forget, labels are NOT a must. There are several local farmers who do not own a label, not because their methods are unsustainable. Simply because, getting a label is long administration paperwork and requires a lot of time and investment to obtain.
For those of you, who can not attend to any farmers market, the last option is the 100% organic grocery shop. There are more and more every year in every town.
Learn to cook ! And cook ! And cook again ! And cook some more ! Pack your delicious homemade dish in the freezer. Innovate ! Have fun ! Be creative ! There are simply too many blogs or recipes website to use that lame excuse of « I don’t know what to cook tonight.” No more processed foods !
Let’s banish plastic at all costs
This is no news. Plastic ain’t fantastic ! In 2018, there are 3 vortex of plastic waste wandering around the oceans of our planet while we speak. Picture it ! Our trash gathering altogether in the ocean right now. The biggest vortex is located in the northern Pacific area, between Hawaii and California. Some may call it ironically “the continent of plastic”. Last March, scientists declared that this waste seefill contained 80 000 tons of trash and that it is now 5 or 6 times the size of France.
Since we still don’t know how to get rid of plastic, so much that it ends up filling our oceans and the stomachs of fish and cetaceans up , here’s an idea: let’s stop using plastic. Let’s boycott plastic altogether. The most practicable solution is to not buy anything plastic at all, so you’re not taking any chances. Let’s ban it ! From the frozen fish package, to the plastic toothbrush of your kids, to the plastic bags a the grocery store or the straw in your glass at the restaurant. We refuse, politely. And we explain why we choose differently so we can inspire people to follow the lead.
When you go shopping, take your totebag with you always. Use your own reusable watter bottle (not in plastic!). Choose products with glass or tin packaging. Check out different materials such as bamboos, hemp etc…And above all, we explain to others what we know about plastic and why we decide to boycott plastic.
Let’s try a meatless diet
Question. Did you know that livestock farming on the planet is responsible for 14% of greenhouse gases ? That’s only livestock farming.
Other question. Did you know that methane, which is massively produced by digestive acids of the livestock, is 86% times more harmful than carbon dioxide ? Carbon Dioxyde was already on the podium of the most harmful gaz for the health of our planet.
FYI: carbon dioxide is this very polluted gaz produced by cars, motobikes, trains, boats and airplanes.
In short, livestock farming (the way we do it today) is a nightmare for our environment.
And I haven’t even got into the water waste produced for 1 kg of beef (15.500 liters of water). When we know that about 3 million of people die of thirst each year, it makes you wonder…Why the waste ?
All those numbers can give you a headache. To back me up on this, I suggest you to watch this little illustrative video (English subtitles available). WARNING : You might see your steak differently after that.
Nowadays, the livestock agriculture production goes against an healthy planet and healthy living human condition. Choosing to eat sustainably by eating less meat or becoming vegetarian or vegan, is not just a question of morality or awareness regarding the living and dying conditions of the animals. It plays a major role in the making but it is not the only reason. When we say we want to preserve the planet, we can not turn our backs on the problemo uno which creates a major instability on the planet. Our meat consumption.
What about fish ?
Same difference ! There is no such thing as sustainable fishing or sustainable seafood, even if some NGOS create a label to certify otherwise. But it’s a very long topic I can not reach in just a few sentences here.
Let’s try to reduce our meat consumption to only 2 or 3 times a week. For a start. Why not becoming flexitarian at first ? It could be a first step. Look for meat alternatives and plant based foods. Let’s forget the slogan “Got Milk” from the 90’s, because well, if you don’t there is a reason and why would you drink animals milk anyway ? Let’s give a fair chance to different types of food and to different cooking ways. Let’s get inspired by vegetarians countries, athlete’s veggie diets, blogs and recipes etc…You will help yourself from within and help the planet from the outside.
And the bill at the cashier will be less bitter, I’m telling ya’ !