Enjoy an eco-friendly diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides all kinds of benefits from ensuring we have sufficient energy levels to keeping our organs working properly.

What we choose to buy and eat has an impact on the environment through global transportation, the use of plastic packaging and the complex process of production.

Read through the tabs below to find out how you can shift to a more sustainable diet.

Most people buy their food from large supermarkets, where all groceries are under one roof.

This can be easy and convenient, but you might wish to consider shopping at smaller, independent food stores that have an interest in reducing food miles (how far the food has to travel to get to the store), and packaging. There are lots of places that now sell loose fruits and vegetables and offer refill services.

It’s also a good idea to think about quantities of food you’re buying, to avoid over-buying and running the risk of the food going to waste. A simple meal plan and shopping list can help you to manage this.

You may have noticed an increase in the number of people choosing to eat vegetarian and plant-based diets. There are many reasons for people making these decisions, from supporting animal rights to the less direct impacts such as deforestation (to produce animal grain), and the resource-heavy process of meat production.

Although we can do our best to avoid creating food waste, it’s difficult not to create any at all! Banana skins and potato peel are common examples of food waste that can be rotted down and turned into compost.

Crates of fruit and veg