Happy Earth Day everyone! If you’re like me, you’re always searching for ways to minimize your effect on the environment. Using reusable shopping bags (I love the bags that come with Butcher Box monthly deliveries!), cleaning with less toxic materials, and recycling anything and everything are big help. But did you know there are super simple things you can do in your everyday foodie life that make an impact? Here are 3 easy ways you can green up your routine.
Say goodbye to plastic straws
Plastic straws have long been vilified as an environmental nightmare, and rightly so. The viral video of a sea turtle getting a plastic straw pulled from its nose is heartbreaking. This report from CNN is a must read. Stainless steel, bamboo, and glass straws are widely available and surprisingly affordable. After a few dozen uses they pay for themselves compared to plastic.
Earth friendlier coffee
Have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact of your daily coffee habit? If you buy your coffee at the local coffee or donut shop you’re using a lot of paper or plastic cups, not to mention stirrers, cup sleeves and the above mentioned plastic straws. And let’s be honest, how many of us recycle all of that? Ask your favorite coffee joint if you can have your own tumbler or flask filled (they may ask you to buy one of theirs but that’s a small price to pay for something you can use again and again). They may even give you a discount on the coffee when you BYOC (bring your own cup)!
If you’re a home coffee brewer, great job! But….oh those disposable coffee pods. Very few are truly recyclable but reusable filters are becoming easier to find and even the coffee companies are making compatible reusable filters. Over time not only is this more environmentally friendly, but using ground coffee can be way more frugal than buying pods.
Going plant based for the planet
Evidence abounds that plant based diets are not only better for you, they’re better for our planet. Wait!!! Don’t leave!!! I’m not saying you have to go full vegan or even vegetarian to reduce the impact of diet on the environment. We’ve all heard of Meatless Mondays. That’s just one meal a week. You can do that! If you’re feeling really motivated, pick one meal a day to be plant based. Pinterest has loads of plant based recipes and there are so many talented plant based food bloggers to get inspired by. If you’re a book person (like me) bookstores and libraries have just what you need.
And that’s it. 3 pretty easy ways your food and drink choices can reduce your impact on the environment. There are so many more out there so I encourage you to check more out. One of my favorites is The Environmental Working Group . What are your favorites? Comment below 🙂
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