Sustainability is something we’re all becoming more conscious of, and as an active society, we share the responsibility to reduce our personal contributions to global waste. This has encouraged many to become more mindful of the food we buy, cook and eat. However, we might not realise how easy it is to help the environment when we are cooking.
stainable cooking is a method of cooking that is beneficial to one's well being, the environment, and, ultimately, the broader world.
This article will talk about how we all can create a more sustainable society by reducing our carbon footprint, through sustainable cooking.
Benefits of sustainable cooking
- You’re supporting your local community by purchasing local produce, thus improving the local economy, especially smaller businesses - and helps keep them running. This is helpful as we bounce back from the pandemic.
- Similarly, supporting local and seasonal produce means that farmers abroad do not feel pressured to farm and yield large quantities of crops.
- If going meat-free (doesn’t have to be permanent) you’ll reduce the emissions that often come from meat production.
- You can save money. According to a study conducted by the University of Sussex, the average UK family wastes 20% of all food purchased, amounting to £800 per year .
How to cook sustainably
Looking to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen? Waste-free cooking is one of the best ways to save money and reduce your environmental impact.
Check out these sustainable cooking methods to help make your meals more eco-friendly.
1. Shop local and in season. Not only is this better for the environment (think fewer food miles), but it’s also typically cheaper and the produce will taste better. Win, win, win!
2. Reduce food waste. In 2018, the United Kingdom generated approximately 9.5 million tonnes of food waste . See if you can cut down on your food waste by meal planning, making use of leftovers, and composting.
3. Use less water. Water is an important natural resource, so using less of it in the kitchen is a great way to be more sustainable. Some easy ways to use less water while cooking include boiling only as much water as you need, using a microwave or steamer instead of boiling vegetables, and using a pressure cooker for recipes that traditionally require a lot of water (like stew).
4. Choose energy-efficient appliances. If you’re in the market for new kitchen appliances, look for energy-efficient models that will save you money, e.g. Instant Pots and pressure cookers.
5. Shopping for ingredients in bulk, buying more than you need for a recipe so that you have leftovers for new recipes later on. It lets you reduce the amount of packaging.
6. Going meat-free for even a week can help you improve your sustainability efforts by lowering emissions from meat consumption and striving to improve animal welfare.
7. Reuse or don’t use plastic bags or packaging. Plastic often ends up in landfills abroad.
8. Purchase Fairtrade products, as a result farmers are paid a fair price for their crops and work in better conditions.
9. What is the most sustainable cooking oil I hear you ask? The most sustainable cooking oil has very mixed opinions I’m afraid, your best bet is to buy Fairtrade, unrefined or cold pressed oils.
We hope you enjoyed these sustainable and waste-free cooking tips. Cooking at home is a great way to save money and reduce your environmental impact. By using some of these tips, you can make your kitchen more sustainable and waste-free. Do you have any other tips for sustainable or waste-free cooking?