Sustainable eating isn’t so hard if you’ve got these 10 hacks up your sleeve

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    Be it the devastating forest fires in Australia at the beginning of last year or the photographs of paradise-like beaches littered with mountains of plastic; it’s clear that we need to start looking after our future and our planet. By educating ourselves on both sustainable living and sustainable eating, and how what we eat impacts the planet, we can all make a difference.

    With so much information to take on board, it can feel hard to know where to begin with sustainability. Do you go vegan? Are super processed plant-based alternatives worse for the planet anyway? Is eating organic meat actually a more realistic approach than cutting it out altogether?

    That’s where the team at MOB Kitchen come in. The chefs are on a mission to help us make more environmentally-conscious decisions with our food shops, storage and cooking. It’s really quite simple: champion seasonality, prioritise plastic-free, where possible, and do your best at aiming for as little waste as possible.

    For more tips, keep reading. They’ve covered their top ten ultimate (and simple) hacks for sustainable eating every day.

    Sustainable eating: a woman in her kitchen cooking with a pan on the hob

    10 simple tips for sustainable eating

    1. Eat more seasonally

    Put simply, try your best to eat food as it is grown and harvested. This means trying not to buy asparagus in winter or parsnips in the summertime. All it takes is a quick Google and a scroll and you’ll know what fruit and veg is in season in no time.

    Why is seasonal eating important? Well, it not only supports your local economy, but reduces food miles and means your food will be fresher and tastier, too.

    2. Change your eating habits

    At MOB Kitchen, they strive to eat less meat. They also ensure that when they do, they’re buying the best quality they can afford.

    Why not give it a try yourself? One easy way to ease yourself into this style of eating by going veggie (or even vegan) for one day of the week. Read up on all the pros (and cons) of trying the vegan diet for weight loss, while you’re here.

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    3. Buy responsibly sourced

    When you are food shopping, look for sustainability stamps such as the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil), Fairtrade and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).

    Fun fact: these stamps are important to have on your radar as they ensure high standards of welfare and practice. If you see one of the stamps above, the workers were treated fairly when the product was made, and the producers haven’t jumped through any questionable hoops during production.

    4. Make sustainable swaps

    Did you know? Sometimes simple changes like swapping out ingredients is enough to make a difference to your environmental impact.

    Top swap: swap beef for chicken. Why? Beef requires on average 28 times more land, 11 times more water and 6 times more fertiliser than chicken to be produced. Even better? Swap meat for a plant-based alternative. The mob chefs love tofu and chickpeas.

    5. Get organised

    With extra lockdown time on your hands right now, this one could actually be a fun weeknight activity. Try getting every tin, tub, bag and box out of your cupboards and fridge. Then, after a good old clean, set yourself a challenge of using things up and see what delicious creation you can get cooking with.

    Similarly, these food waste apps are great at letting you know when local restaurants or cafes are flogging food that would otherwise go in the bin for a fraction of the price. See, sustainable eating needn’t be boring.

    6. Get cooking

    On the point above, if you’re keen to up your sustainable eating but don’t feel confident enough, we have three words for you: practice, practice, practice. Home cooked food will always be more eco-friendly than store bought, and so becoming a more confident cook will instantly up your eco cred.

    Plus, it’ll massively reduce your packaging consumption and help your reduce food waste, too.

    7. The freezer is your friend

    When it comes to stopping food waste, remember: the freezer is your saviour.

    Be it saving a portion of something you have already cooked or rescuing ingredients from going off, it can help. Nearly all ingredients can be frozen, including hummus.

    MOB’s favourite is to pre-slice bread, freeze, then toast straight from frozen. No bread waste here (which is actually the most wasted food in the UK).

    8. Say no to single-use plastic

    Reducing your consumption isn’t going to happen overnight, so try and think of it as a journey. You can work out what sustainable eating looks like for you over time – it doesn’t need to be in one go.

    Easy changes include buying ingredients in glass over plastic, and ditching clingfilm in favour of reusable containers.

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    9. Give something a second life

    Money saving and eco-friendly? We’re sold. Top tip: give your used glass jars a proper wash with boiling water. Then, once clean, use to make dressings, quick pickles and even overnight oats in.

    10. Recycle properly

    Did you know that any leftover food will prevent all items from getting recycled? Wash and dry packaging before you put it into the recycling bin and read the packaging labels to see exactly what can be recycled. Often you will need to separate the non-recyclable and recyclable bits first.

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