1. Commit to reducing your packaging
2. Commit to energy-efficient cooking
3. Commit to green food choices
Organic foods are produced in environments of high animal welfare, low levels of pesticides, no herbicides or artificial fertilisers, and environmentally sustainable land management. The sources are inspected at least annually and standards are laid down in European law. Therefore, organic foods reduce chemicals entering the environment and hence help prevent associated problems.
Go veggie or reduce meat consumption as raising animals requires huge amounts of resources and animal by-products pollute airways and waterways.
Buy local produce to reduce food miles and thus reduce your individual carbon footprint by up to 7%. When choosing these foods, identify those in season since this will mean less energy is needed to grow them, unlike foods out of season which often require hot houses.
4. Commit to value fashion
5. Commit to eco-friendly cosmetics
Furthermore, avoid BHA and BHT; preservatives which bioaccumulate and which are toxic to aquatic organisms, being shown to cause genetic mutations in amphibians. BHT also has a moderate to high potential for bioaccumulation in aquatic species. Several brands consciously reduce their environmental impact, including Burt’s Bees, Clearly Natural, Dr Bronner’s, Kirk’s naturals, Kiss My Face and Palmer’s to name a few.