If you’re looking for something that can have a big impact on your carbon footprint, look to your belly.
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Cut down on meat and dairy
The carbon footprint of a vegan diet is about 60% lighter than those with a load of meat in them. So try meat-free Monday, or vegan Thursday and see what new flavours you discover.
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Make it seasonal
Producing food out of season needs loads of energy to grow and then store it. In the right season, Mother Nature can just do her thing. Check out this handy guide to see what’s in season right now.
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Try to buy food that was grown and farmed near where you live. Lots of food you buy in supermarkets is labelled with where it was grown and your local market might have some real local farmers selling their wares.
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Be ruthless with waste
Any food we chuck out still had to be grown and stored and shipped, meaning lots of carbon emissions - not to mention a waste of money.
So plan your meals in advance, only buy what you will eat and save leftovers for lunch. You can put any odds and ends in curries, soups and pies.
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Be smart about energy use
Your oven uses a lot of energy. Get all your housemates to put their dinner in at the same time, or bake that birthday cake while dinner is cooking. You could even invest in a low-energy slow cooker.
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Low carbon Come Dine with Me
Share recipes for low carbon food with your friends (here are five of our faves), set up a plant-based Come Dine With Me with your mates, or a vegan Bake Off at work. There are some amazing veggie and vegan recipe swap sites on the internet too.
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Badger your favourite brands
If your favourite restaurant or cafe doesn’t do vegan, ask them why, and what they’re doing to tackle climate change. If you’ve got a canteen at work or at uni, badger them about making the food more sustainable, or if they’d be up for doing some meat-free days.
This blog post was written by our climate activist pals over at 10:10.