At Planet Organic we championways to be more eco friendly.For example we offer unpackaged refills in most of our stores, where you can bring your own containers and fill up on grains, rice, nuts, dried fruits and coffee beans. We have also have new unpackaged beauty and toiletry refills including shampoos, body washes, hand soaps and conditioner in 7 of our stores.
Eco friendly livingis choosing to prioritise a lifestyle that is not harmful to the planet. Here at Planet Organic, we want to empower you to live aneco-friendly lifestyle.
Sohow can you be more eco friendly? A great way to start is by making greener choices through the food you eat, including choosing organic food, making sure not to waste anything and composting food scraps.
Let’s explore different examples onhow to be more environmentally friendlywithin your lifestyle and food choices.
Consider purchasingorganic produceas organic fruits and vegetablesare full of nutrients, and antioxidants, whilst free from nasty chemicals and preservatives such as sorbic acid, benzoates, sulphur dioxide or nitrates; to name a few of the 10,000 chemicals that can be found in foods. By choosingfresh, local fruit and vegyou are supporting organic farming and since November last year, we are offeringlocal fruit and veg deliverystraight to your door across the UK. Our range oflocal organic fruit and vegstays fresh and cool due to sustainable, insulated packaging. You can nominate a specific day of your choosing for yourlocal fruit and vegetable deliveryto enjoy all the benefits of organic produce.
Food wasteis at dangerous levels in the world, “the global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tons”.Food waste has a large environmental impactcontributing to solid waste, greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of natural resources such as water. We need toreduce food waste to save the environmentfrom the irreversible effects of climate change.
So,how to reduce food waste?Be mindful of what you buy andbegin a zero waste food shop. What are ways to reduce food waste?Planning ahead what you are going to cook and checking the use-by date are greatways to reduce food waste.Cooking in batches to freeze and getting creative with your leftoverswill stop food wastein your household.
What to do with food waste?Compost your food scraps.
You canrecycle your food waste into compost, which is a great way to enhance your soil quality. Compost is created by organisms found in the soil that decompose plant and food tissue through biological processes which become commonly known as “humus”.
If you don’t have space for a compost bin, make sure to separate your food waste into a food waste bin, if your council offers this service. This ensures your food waste gets composted and does not end up in landfill.
To start your own compost journey, follow these simple steps outlininghow to start a compost binandhow to make compost from waste food.1. Poke holes in the bottom and sides to create ventilation2. Place some leaves, cardboard, newspaper, vegetables, fruit and grass clippings in the bin3. Add some water to moisten the ingredients4. Secure the lid and roll it around to mix everything together5. Ensure there is airflow and find a sunny spot6. Layer your food with some grass clippings, leaves and soil7.Turn over the compost every week to aerate the ingredients8. Mist with waterHow long does it take for food waste to turn into compost?This depends on the size, type of food waste, how often you turn it and the temperature of the environment.