We’re all for going green, and reducing environmental impact! It may surprise you to learn that one of the best ways to look after the environment is through food. In our books, that’s a win- what could be better than combining a love of food with a little TLC for our planet? Look below for some of the best (and easiest!) ways to go green.
Stay with us… we love this tip because of the great health benefits you will see- all from eating the “same” food! Unfortunately, the rise of agribusiness has seen a serious decline in the sustainability and health of a lot of common foods. (Organic fruits and veggies contain far more nutrients than their counterparts… 27% more vitamin C, 30% more magnesium, and so on!) One huge environmental issue that stems from industrial farming has been the use of synthetic pesticides, which wreak havoc on our ecosystem. While it isn’t always reasonable to buy everything organic, there are a few easy and affordable ways to replace some of the most environmentally and physically damaging grocery items.
Try… Pfenning’s Organic Farms! This fantastic farm is located in New Hamburg, and they deliver fresh, organic baskets of produce to your doorstep– at completely affordable prices! Check out our article on Pfennings to learn more about their meat and grain items. Another simple way to cut back on your environmental impact is to reduce the amount of meat you eat… skipping meat once a week over the course of a year can have effects comparable to keeping your car off the road for several weeks! With delicious, affordable places like the Queen Street Commons Cafe, it’s almost too easy to skip meat once in a while.
Don’t buy bottled water
Ok, this one is a no-brainer. Everyone knows that the plastic waste produced by disposable water bottles is far from eco-friendly. But did you know that bottled water also represents a massive waste of water? A study by the Pacific Institute found that it takes 3 litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water! (Not to mention findings that the process of bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide).
Instead, try… Investing in a filtered water pitcher for your house, so you always have clean, cold water available at home! For the office, pick up a reusable water bottle in a style or pattern you love. Try putting mint, raspberries, or cucumber in your bottle for a bit of flavour.
If you buy local, you help boost our local economy and support family-owned businesses. Plus, by purchasing some of your meat, produce, furniture, and other items locally, you help reduce the emissions produced by transportation and import. A lot of great restaurants have risen to the challenge, working with local farms to bring you delicious meals you can feel even better about!
Try… The Berlin, Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, Borealis Grille & Bar, and other fantastic local restaurants! Of course, Pfenning’s, Fresh Garden Produce, and local vendors at the Kitchener Farmers Market also offer great opportunities to buy local.
Ok, this isn’t food related… but it’s still a great way to enjoy yourself while going green! Your yard will look better, your air will be fresher, and you can always lay out a picnic dinner in the shade to keep the food theme going. Trees clean the air, release oxygen, and can even cut air-conditioning costs by up to 50 percent! Strategically placed trees will provide shade and help keep your home cool during the hot summer months. Plus, what could be better than settling in under the shade of a beautiful Japanese maple or oak to read? Select the tree that’s right for you, and get planting!
Try… setting up a hammock between two good-sized trees! We love these deluxe picks for 2016.