Now that Christmas is almost here I would like to suggest a few ways in which we can all act with consideration for the environment and help reduce waste both over the festive period and in the future.
As well as depriving local businesses of a sale a less appreciated impact of internet shopping is the amount of packaging that accompanies most deliveries, all of which has to be disposed of. By buying locally, particularly for small items such as books, computer games and DVD,s this excess packaging can be avoided.
Buy fresh produce
Some foods have more impact on climate change than others because of the way they are produced, packaged and transported. Where possible try and buy items that have been locally produced, why buy ‘new’ potatoes that were grown in Egypt and had to be flown to the UK and then shipped to Jersey when you could buy tasty locally grown spuds?
If you would like to see a reduction in use of chemicals in the production for food why not think about going ‘organic’ for Christmas. In Jersey we are lucky to have an excellent Organic Shop in town and some of the many farm shops also offer organic options. Generally support food which has been grown organically or has been made according to green standards.
Conserve energy and fuel
Save money on fuel and cut emissions by walking, using public transport or car-sharing with a friend or relative when you go shopping. If you have a farm shop in walking distance why not get all your veg fresh form the stall, this also benefits the farmer, avoids excess packaging and gives you fresher, tastier food. Consider choosing fresh unprocessed or lightly processed products which don't require a lot of energy to produce.
We all like a nice warm home but why heat unused rooms or keep lights on in rooms that are un-occupied? Ask all those at home over the Christmas period to make a effort to turn off un-necessary lights and heating.
Many food items are sold with large amounts of packaging, much of which is unnecessary. Not only does the packaging take up room in your bin but it also uses up valuable resources during both production and disposal. Try and buy food items that are sold with a minimum of packaging.
Did you know that the average UK household spends more than £400 a year on food that ends up in the bin? Throwing food away wastes the energy used to produce, package and transport it.
Avoid food waste by following these tips:
• write a list before you go shopping so you are less likely to buy unnecessary items
• don’t go shopping when you’re hungry - research shows you're more likely to 'impulse buy' on an empty stomach
• plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what you need
• always use leftovers - try using vegetables in a stir-fry or use leftover chicken or beef in sandwiches
• if you can't use leftovers up, freeze them for another time
• get food storage tips, tasty recipes and portion advice from www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
• measure pasta, vegetables and meat out so you don't cook too much - visit www.5aday.nhs.uk for more information
• buy a home composter or wormery so you can recycle vegetable peelings, teabags, egg shells and garden waste into organic fertiliser for your garden and plants.
• stock up with grains, pulses, fruit and vegetables which cost less to produce
• durable food such as pasta or rice can be bought in larger packs to save money and use less packaging
• choose fresh unprocessed or lightly processed products which don't require a lot of energy to produce
• buy food which is in season or made locally
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