Food

carrots growing

Grow your own! 

Growing your own fruit and vegetables gives you control over the practices used to grow the food you eat, providing a great opportunity to effect positive environmental change. It can be fun too, and very satisfying.

You can prevent pesticides and harmful toxins contaminating the food and have organic produce literally on your doorstep. 

Tending to your own homegrown produce means less plastic packaging is being disposed of in your household, and gardening can help improve mental health and wellbeing. 

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips from the Royal Horticultural Society

Eat less meat and dairy

Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact on the planet. Studies suggest that a high-fibre, plant-based diet is also better for your health - so it can be a bonus for all involved!  

Eat fewer or smaller portions of meat, especially red meat (which has the largest environmental impact) and reduce dairy products. Consider making a switch from themtonon-dairy alternatives. If the amount of meat people eat decreases; so do the emissions from livestock and the amount of fertilizer required to raise them.

Try to choose fresh, seasonal produce that is grown locally to help reduce the carbon emissions from transportation, preservation and prolonged refrigeration.

For tips on how to reduce food waste, check out the Food Waste page of Sustainable Surrey Heath.

Whynot try a vegan diet for a week? It’s easier than you think!For tips and recipes, check out the Vegan Society website (link is external).

Why not try a vegan diet for a week? It’s easier than you think! For tips and recipes, check out the Vegan Society website.