Green Eating: How to Eat More Sustainably in London

Living and working in a city like London has many benefits, one of which is the sheer volume of options available to those looking to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle.

With a huge range of local and sustainably sourced produce markets, shops and eateries on your door step, finding what you need is really easy.

It may be true that for everyone ethical shop there are hundreds more that are not, but it is where you choose to shop that makes the difference.

Your choices as a consumer can and do have an impact on the environment we live in. So, in its simplest form, sustainable eating comes down to your decisions and actions.

It is about doing what you can within the realms of individual situation.

Green Consumer

Where you choose to purchase your food from can make a huge difference on the environment. Choose restaurants, caterers, cafes, shops and supermarkets which are environmentally conscious and sustainability focused.

As a conscious consumer you can be sure you are doing whatever you can to help protect the planet.

At PenniBlack, we reduce, recycle and reuse wherever we can. Waste is something we take very seriously, so you can be sure our eco-friendly approach to catering and event management is aligned with your values and ethics.

Meat Consumption

It is hard to get away from the growing vegan movement, as it is rapidly increasing as a diet choice. One of the main reasons for this is because of a recent report from the United Nations.

The comprehensive study looked at the impact of livestock farming on the planet. The results placed meat and dairy consumption as the number one contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Therefore, it would seem that reducing the volume of meat and dairy you consume could help alleviate some of the pressure our planets finite resources.

Sustainable Eating

Opting to eat with the seasons and support local farming is an important part of the green diet. However, choosing to eat green is more than simply what you eat. It is the whole package, literally!

There is so much unnecessary packaging in the food industry. Single use plastics are rife in supermarkets and this can be a challenge to avoid unless you shop at smaller grocers.

Thankfully, there are more and more plastic free and zero waste supermarkets opening up around the city.

You can of course, consider growing your own fruit and vegetables. It is far easier than you might think and if you don’t have much space, that doesn’t need to stop you – just growing some cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket is a step in the right direction.

Reduce Food Waste

The amount of food that is wasted every day is astonishing. To avoid contributing to this needless situation, buy your groceries as and when you need them. Carefully plan your meals and purchase perishable items with care.

Pause before you through something in the bin and think about if it could be used for something else.

Think about how to utilise food waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings – these can make great bases for stocks and soups.

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