10 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle
Hey! My name is Berend and i am the new sustainability blogger at Enjoy Today. I study nutrition and dietetics at the HvA and am currently busy with my internship. Through my studies i know a lot about food and the production of it. I’m going to provide you with tips/trends/whatever twice a month around the subject of food and sustainability.
Eating is fun, sociable and (hopefully) tasty, but there is one thing comes that with food production. Pollution. That is unavoidable. With everything that you eat or drink, you damage the environment in one way or another. The trick is to keep that damage to a minimum and to minimize your footprint. As a student it’s not that hard to make small changes in your daily lives and make a difference. A better world starts with yourself! Here are ten tips that i’ve introduced into my life in order to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.
- Shower with dry shampoo
I can’t wake up without a shower. In the shower i obviously wash my hair with shampoo. But did you know that one bottle of shampoo contains 80% water? There are now various powder shampoo’s on the market where you need to add your own water under the shower. Often these shampoo’s are even biodegradable and therefore not damaging to the environment.
- Vegan breakfast
After i’ve woken up a bit in the shower it’s time for breakfast. The most important meal of the day! In the morning i can’t eat anything heavy so i have a vegan breakfast. A wholegrain sandwich with muhammara or banana pancakes with oatmeal and chia seeds for example. Good for you and good for the planet!
- Buy your food locally
Food doesn’t just magically come from the ground onto your plate. It needs to be transported and that causes greenhouse gas emissions. The transport of food contributes 1/10th of its emissions, that’s a small proportion but easy to remedy. I always try to buy my food and lunch locally. For example at a local caterer at WBH. The food is fresher and tastier!
- Eat your seasonal vegetables from the Netherlands
All the vegetables and fruit are available in our supermarkets the whole year round. Crazy, because not all vegetables grow in the Netherlands, let alone in all seasons. In order to limit the emissions of the transport of food it is therefore good to eat seasonal vegetables. That avocado needs to fly in all the way from Mexico, which has a huge impact on the environment. Seasonal fruit and vegetables from the Netherlands are fresher and tastier! You don’t know which fruit and vegetables are seasonal? Then check https://groentefruit.milieucentraal.nl/ for a handy tool.
- Bring your own coffee cup
Every year there are 3 billion coffee cups thrown away in the Netherlands. That’s an unbelievable amount of unnecessary waste. Plastic cups are bad for the environment, logic. But cardboard cups aren’t much better! Because of the coating on the inside, they can be difficult to recycle. So bring your own cup and save that waste. You currently get a discount on coffee at all sorts of places if you bring your own cup. For example at the Kiosk at stations.
- Use your own reusable water bottle.
Using a disposable bottle every time for drinking only leads to an unnecessary amount of plastic waste. Filling your disposable bottle with water is also not really that good either. Millions of bacteria can build up on the inside of the bottle. Disgusting! So bring your reusable bottle: for example a kekke Join the Pipe bottle. Additionally, the tap water in the Netherlands is often cleaner than bottled water.
- Take your whole with you
An apple is tasty, nutritious and healthy. It grows in the Netherlands and is therefore good for the environment. Apart from if it’s got plastic packaging in the shops. An apple already has some packaging: ‘the skin’. Unnecessarily a lot of plastic is used to package fruit to-go. For example, a fruit salad that you buy in the Kiosk is in a plastic tub, with a plastic film and a plastic fork.
You look in the fridge and you only see old scraps. Have a look on kliekipedia.nl or https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes to see what sorts of treats you can still make with your scraps. Throwing away is a waste!
- Buy budget range packs
Budget range packs relatively contain more product with less packaging material. Often as well as proportion they’re also cheaper. Ka-ching, means you don’t have to visit Ome Duo as often. You can freeze mountains of food or cook for all your house mates.
- Watch out with meat replacer’s and cheese.
Even though many meat replacer’s and cheese seem like a good and sustainable alternative. That’s not always the case. According to MilieuCentraal cheese is as bad for the environment as beef. If you want to eat meat replacer’s, then use burgers made from vegetables and beans/pulses. Then you’ll also get plenty of protein!
Have you also got some handy tips? Let me know in the comments!