Living on a planet that just keeps getting hotter (and not in a fun way), it’s difficult to not feel overwhelmed by how to be a force for good. A great place to start is our plate, which is a path I’ve been following for most of my life. I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who have always taken the health of planet seriously and put it at the forefront of our family values. Here are some of my favorite ways to eat sustainably:
- Eat more planets, eat fewer animal products. In many ways, it’s that simple. Perfectionism doesn’t help; you don’t have to be completely vegan to make more plant-based choices.
- Waste less. Try to just put the food on your plate that you’re going to eat. Pack up what you don’t eat. Eat the food you buy.
- Eat less fast food. Not only is fast food often produced with less sustainable and/or ethical methods, it also comes with packaging that almost always ends up in landfills. (And it’s usually not great for you, anyway.)
- Don’t order takeout or delivery. I’m sorry, I really am, because who on earth doesn’t love delivery? But the packaging impact is awful. When possible, dine in or make your own meals. When you do order delivery, be sure to request no utensils and napkins and use your own, to minimize the waste.
- Compost your plant-based food scraps. As illustrated by one of my all-time favorite ad campaigns, composting can happen pretty much anywhere these days. I live in an apartment, but I keep my compost in biodegradable bags in my freezer, then take it to my local compost collector when the freezer gets full.