Technology has given us a window on the world; people, places and events once out of reach are now at our fingertips. It’s also given us a better understanding of ‘big issues’, such as climate change, politics, poverty and health.
Technology and the exchange of information has given us a better understanding of how our eating habits affect the planet and its inhabitants.
You’ve probably noticed the cultural shift towards buying and consuming food more ethically. Most recently movements powered by social media #Veganuary and #Localanuary have, at opposing ends of the scale, championed the benefits of eating well and sustainably.
Whether you’re a vegan, a staunch meat eater or something in between, if you’ve been thinking about eating mindfully in 2020, here’s a few tips to get started!
Buying meat from your local butcher is viewed by some as a luxury; there’s a misconception that it’s pricey. While it can work out a little more expensive per kilo, there’s no denying the quality you get for your money. Choose to cut down on how much meat you eat on a weekly basis and buy better, buy local; you’ll taste the difference.
Buying from your local butcher is also sustainable, with many products sourced within a few miles of the shop – in many cases your butcher will be able to tell you which farm your meat was reared on.
Eating fish is really good for us. Low fat and packed with healthy oils, it’s a tasty and versatile alternative to meat. However, overfishing is a worrying global issue. Around 85% of the world’s fish are overfished. In simple terms, we need to eat fewer endangered fish, such as cod and haddock.
Check the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide and find out which of your favourite fish are sustainable. The most sustainable are usually more unusual species. Varieties like coley, pollock or ling are just as tasty as the popular varieties and super cheap too.
It won’t have escaped your notice – the humble, single-use plastic water bottle has become the scourge of the environment. This is a really easy fix – buy a BPA-free water bottle that you can refill! This is such a small change but has the potential to really make an impact.
Local movements such as Plastic Free Snowdonia are promoting ways we can be more mindful of our plastic consumption, offering useful, practical solutions for everyday use. Elsewhere, Colwyn Bay’s ‘Refill Colwyn’ project allows customers to claim free water refills from participating pubs, shops and cafes.
Join the #MealPlanningMonday revolution and save yourself some cash while doing your bit for the planet. Spending some time to plan meals for the week ahead isn’t just a great budgeting tool, it helps minimise food and packaging waste too.
Whether you choose to batch cook and freeze meals, try a new recipe a week, use leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or just theme your weeknight meals, a bit of forward planning can reduce your shopping bill, the contents of your recycling bins and help the environment – a win-win we’d say!