By Nicole Oveisi
As we leave behind 2020 and embark on a new year, Fair Farms has put together some small sustainable, environmentally friendly New Year’s resolutions that can have monumental impacts.
- Cook More Meals
Cooking food at home can reduce food waste and plastic waste, and it also gives you the ability to source your own ingredients. While ordering take out has become the norm, single-use plastic waste has increased drastically. In the United States alone, about 100 million plastic utensils are used every single day. By cooking at home more often, we can reduce the amount of plastic waste that piles up in landfills. It also means enjoying the process of cooking meals with family or a pet!
- Learn to Freeze
Freezing can increase the longevity of your food and cut down on food waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 30-40% (or about 76 billion pounds) of food is wasted every year. Freezing your veggie scraps can be a quick and simple way to reduce food waste–collect enough veggie scraps in the freezer until you have enough to boil and make a vegetable stock! Check out this blog, How to Freeze Your Vegetables, for more tips on how to freeze.
- Go Outside
While 2020 forced us to appreciate being outside, this year we can focus on finding more ways to do just that. Being cooped up can be hard on our bodies and minds. Coming up with creative ways to be outside is not only beneficial to our health, but it is also a great way to unplug and enjoy the beauty of the world. While practicing social distancing, enjoy strolling through your local farmers’ market or a local park. Can you identify any edible herbs/plants around you?
- No More Paper Towels
Ditch your paper towels and replace them with reusable cloth towels. In 2015, Americans generated 7.4 billion pounds of waste from paper towels and other tissue materials. Reducing your disposable paper use also means cutting down fewer trees.
One of the most basic ways to affect change is through education. If we want to see a cleaner, healthier, thriving environment, we must learn about issues and speak up about them. Having uncomfortable conversations or encouraging eco-conscious behaviors can be difficult at times, however, spreading awareness is all a part of the process. Most importantly, there is always more to learn. Pick up a book or make an effort to just listen.