Ethical Consumer: FOOD

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For many of us hoping to become an ethical food consumer, turning vegan can feel overwhelming. Although we like the idea of it, totally cutting out dairy, eggs, fish and meat can be too difficult for some of us to keep up long term, as we love them too much. However, reducing our consumption of these products and eating them as a treat will still make a big difference to reducing our carbon footprint on the environment.  There are so many options out there so decide what works for you.

 

‘Grow your own’

If you have garden or a sunny windowsill in your kitchen have a go at growing your own herbs, fruit or veg.

 

‘Eating by the Seasons’

This is the most sustainable way of eating. Your food has the best flavours during the seasons they are meant to be grown.

http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/

http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/calendar/

Ethical Food Apps:

Too good to go - buying food restaurants would otherwise throw away

Buycott - scan items to make sure you are using not supporting unethical companies

 

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When you’re off to the supermarket, here are a list of sustainable, ethical and tasty brands and products that we recommend. We have tried and tested some of the products rated highly on the Ethical Consumer, to find great alternatives for you to switch to whilst never feeling like you’re missing out.

 

SUPERMARKETS

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Top rated supermarkets: ...................................The Co-op, Ocado, followed by M&S, Aldi and Waitrose.

Worst rated Supermarkets: ...............................Asda, Lidl, Iceland and Morrison’s

BREAKFAST

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Oats: ..........................................top rated supermarket brand (sadly Quaker and Scott's have low ethical ratings)

Bread: ........................................buying from a local independent bakery is best. But if you only have a supermarket in site go for a top rated supermarket.

Eggs: ..........................................hen nation - most ethical, Waitrose, M&S and the Co-op look after their chickens better than other supermarkets

Baked Beans: .............................Geo Organics Fairtrade beans

Veggie Sausages: ........................VegiDeli Sage and Marjoram

  • Check out Jess's discovery of why Hen Nation's eggs are the most ethical on the market.

MILK

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The dairy production has a considerable impact on global warming responsible for emissions of greenhouse gases from cattle and their waste, production of feed, farm productions and fertilisers. To find out more read World Wide Life's summary and get the statistics.

The is a myriad of milk alternatives in supermarkets.

  • Alpro offers a wide range of options, whilst having a good record for environmental sustainability. 
  • Check out Duncan's blog on Hemp milk and why he believes it is the most sustainable and tasty option on the market.

VEG BOXES

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Veg: ........................try a veg box scheme to support local British farmers...........Riverford or Abel & Cole are great.

 

PANTRY

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Tea: .................................buy fairtrade

Coffee: .............................buy fairtrade - Exchange Coffee

Rice: ............................... Tradecraft

Flour: ...............................Doves Farm - family owned organic flour specialists

Baking ingredients:.........Doves Farm - family owned

Pasta: ..............................Doves Farm - family owned

FISH

 

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If you can’t resist a bit of fish now and then, the Good Fish Guide helps you to find which are the most sustainable fish to eat. Look out in supermarkets for the ‘certified sustainable seafood MSC’ label which tells you that the fish was caught responsibly.

 

Things to Avoid:

PALM OIL

An edible vegetable oil found within many food, household and cosmetic products.

Responsible for deforestation  and human rights abuses in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and central Africa. To find out more check out Ethical Consumer's Palm Oil Report or the Rainforest Action Network summary.

 

POLYSTYRENE

Cannot be recycled and contaminates water.

New York City has become the most recent city to banned it. Find out why.

 

PLASTIC BOTTLES

Although it would be hard to avoid them initially, think about how you can reduce you consumption of plastic bottles.

  • 1 bottle takes 450 years to degrade.
  • the worlds top 6 drinks companies only use approx 7% of recycled plastic in new bottles
  • there are hundreds of millions of tons in the sea right now, plastic will outweigh all fish in the ocean by 2050

Solution: buy a reusable water bottle Camelbak have some fantastic leak proof bottles. Buy cartons over plastic bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

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