Earth Day

Today everyone is talking about sustainability, reducing waste, and being greener. Together, we can keep the momentum going throughout the whole year! Below are a few tips for reducing your carbon footprint.

Have Google meal nights
Instead of going to the store and buying more food for dinner, choose a few food items that you have in your fridge or pantry and enter them into Google. For example, type “recipe with beans, frozen broccoli, tomato sauce, cheddar cheese.” Scroll through the recipes and pick something that sounds fun! This is a great way to use cans of food or re-purpose leftovers.

Drop 10 pounds in 1 day.
Clean out your pantry and donate the food to your local food bank. Check out www.foodpantries.org to find donation spots in your area.

Make more meatless meals
Red meat can be a great source of protein, but the methane produced by the livestock contributes to America’s greenhouse gases. Choosing plant-based sources of protein for your meals a couple days a week is not only super healthy, it is also more sustainable for the environment. According to the Environmental Working Group:

  • If you eat one less burger a week for a year, it’s like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time.
  • If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week for a year, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks or shortening everyone’s daily shower by three minutes.
  • If your four–person family skips steak one day a week for a year, it’s like taking your car off the road for almost three months.

Shop at the Farmers Market
We have mentioned many times, buying local food is extremely beneficial. Shopping locally can save you money, provide you and your family with nutrient dense great tasting food, and support our local farmers!!! Check out our blog posts to learn about eating seasonally and local farmers in the area. Here and here and here.

Grow your own Food
Growing your own food is the perfect way to live more sustainability. To get started check out our blog post

Recycle!!
If you are in the Fredrick Country area, check out this site for recycling tips and regulations. For Winchester City, check out this site.

 

Resources

https://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/frequently-asked-questions/#question_8

www.Foodpantries.org

https://www.winchesterva.gov/public-works/refuse

http://www.fcva.us/departments/public-works/recycling

 

 

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