As a society, we no longer eat seasonally. Why?
There are many reasons for greenifying your kitchen; it’s good for the environment, it can save you money, and it can have positive impacts on your health.
From recycling to buying local, you can make your kitchen a sustainable place by implementing a few simple changes.
Here are some easy tips to make any kitchen greener:
The shorter the food chain, the less waste created before it reaches your kitchen. Buying locally helps the environment by reducing the distance your food travels and lessening your carbon footprint as a result, not to mention that it’s fresher when you eat it!
Over 75% of Fresh Prep meal kit ingredients and Add-ons are sourced from local suppliers you already love.
EAT MORE PLANTS
Choosing to eat more plant-based foods drastically cuts your carbon footprint, saves water, and ensures vital crop resources are used more effectively. Eating plants also improves the health of your gut so you are better able to absorb the nutrients from food that support your immune system.
BUY SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD
Choosing sustainably-fished seafood helps to relieve the pressure on overfished species and ensures we can continue to enjoy seafood for generations to come. A good way to check for sustainable fishing practices is to look for an Ocean Wise symbol on your seafood.
The majority of wasted food ends up in landfills and then breaks down to produce methane and carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to climate change. Reduce waste by planning your meals ahead of time and ensuring you only buy what you need.
Fresh Prep’s Zero Waste Kit contains pre-cut and pre-portioned ingredients in a reusable tray so you only have the ingredients you need for the meal and nothing else.
ROMAINE CALM AND COMPOST YOUR VEG
Around 70% of household and yard waste can be composted instead of thrown in the trash. Instead of throwing out your kitchen leftovers, gather them in a green bin and compost them. This includes fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, bread and cereal. You can even use used coffee grounds to feed soil!
BUST A MYTH
You’re probably washing your dishes wrong. Yes, you should always scrape off food scraps before you wash plates, bowls, and utensils, but that’s the only step your dishwasher can’t handle. According to studies, pre-rinsing wastes 6,000 gallons of water per year per person, so break the habit and skip the pre-rinse!
CUT OUT PLASTICS
Every year, Canadians throw away 3 million tonnes of plastic waste. One culprit can be found in the increasingly popular meal delivery kits – these services traditionally rely on individual ingredients wrapped in single-use plastic and come housed in a cardboard box with non-recyclable plastic ice packs.
Why not choose three of these tips that you’re not already implementing at home and make them a habit? It’s easier than you might think.
Fresh Prep’s Zero Waste kit aims to eliminate single-use plastics and offer a more sustainable eating solution without the added cost, time or effort.