8 Environmentally-Friendly Ways to Consume Food

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Oh, the planet Earth. It is a beautiful world filled with wonder and awe-inspiring places, yet many of us take it for granted.

Eat Clean and Save the World

With the huge movement to protect the planet and in celebration of Earth Day, we thought it was best to go over some ways you can make an impact! After all, the more you minimize your carbon footprint, the better.

Try reusable bags.

By simply using a reusable bag, you’re already making an impact on the planet. Did you know that the United States uses a whopping 100 billion plastic bags per year? And because of its massive production, about 12 million barrels of oil is utilized. Unfortunately, only about 1% of those bags are recycled meaning the rest are found in oceans and landfills. Knowing this stat is important because plastic bags are not biodegradable which poses a threat to the animal kingdom and the world.

Skip the bottles.

Tons of plastic are used to produce bottles every year. Lessen your waste by consuming tap water. If you’re concerned about your health, purchase filter water instead. You can also get a reusable water bottle to help you conserve.

Buy from your farmer’s market.

The best way to lower your carbon footprint is by eating locally grown food. This also guarantees that your food is fresher because it hasn’t been sitting in transit for a long time compared to produces that come from out of state.

Select organic food.

You’ll know which ones are organic because they will have food labels on them. These certified foods will have processed and grown with the farming methods that don’t use pesticides, petroleum, or bioengineered genes. Not only that, but they promote biodiversity and recycle resources.

Make a vegetable garden.

Vertical gardens are a thing now! You don’t have to own large farmland to grow a thriving plant life. You can also start a community garden in your complex if your landlord allows it. Using this method, you’re not only making a huge difference in your carbon footprint but also eating organic produce!

Don’t use disposable utensils.

If you decide to eat at home, don’t use disposable plates and utensils. Reduce your waste as much as possible because every piece makes a difference.

Understanding the label when eating seafood.

Wild caught or farm raised? Figuring out between the two can be confusing, and while wild caught sounds a bit more enticing, it’s not always the most environmentally friendly. The best way you can figure this out is by watching out for a label called Marine Stewardship Council which guarantees that the product meets the required sustainability.

Consume dairy without hormones.

Did you know livestock are pumped with antibiotics? And just like them, dairy cows are fed artificial hormones to ramp up their milk production. This industry is also linked to massive greenhouse gas emissions which is a no-no to Mother Nature.