Guest post by Stella Reynolds | Have you ever thought about going green? Choosing eco-friendly family meals actually has a major impact on our environment. It helps us reduce waste, conserve more natural resources, and even improve the quality of our air and water. Overall, going green has tons of benefits for our planet, but it’s also great for our bodies as well.
By going green, you’re able to be more conscious about the foods you eat and where they come from. Smarter choices like that means you’re putting more organic foods into your body and ditching things like pesticides, hormones, and other harmful ingredients.
The good news is, making more environmentally-friendly changes doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few simple things you can start working on today to make a long-term impact. And to help you out, I’m sharing how to make your own eco-friendly family meals!
- Start a Family Compost
Eco-friendly family meals start with healthy soil. One great way to make your family meals greener is to take up composting. It’s something that you can easily get started with doing right at home, which will also provide tons of benefits for the foods you’re growing. The reason being, compost can be added to soil to help your plants grow. Plus, it’ll help cut down on waste since you can use certain food scraps in your compost pile.
Composting also helps to enrich the soil, which can aid in retaining moisture, as well as preventing plant diseases and pests. It even reduces methane emissions that come from landfills and will ultimately help in lowering your carbon footprint. So, you get to organically grow healthy plants at home and reduce your family’s waste, while also helping the environment to flourish.
- Grow Your Own Vegetables & Herbs
Another fantastic idea is to start growing your own vegetables and herbs. It’s even more reason to start composting at the same time! This was something that we turned into a family activity. It taught our kids about the value of hard work and how our produce is grown.
One of the main benefits to having your own vegetable/herb garden is that you don’t have to worry about your produce being treated with mystery pesticides. After all, pesticides can contaminate our soil as well as other vegetation. It can even be harmful to other animals and insects, not to mention it’s not great for your body either.
- Stop Buying Overly Packaged Foods
Unfortunately, most food packaging isn’t biodegradable and it winds up just sitting in our landfills. This contributes to tons of waste our country alone produces every year. To avoid making matters worse, your best bet is to avoid buying foods that come inside too much wasteful packaging, especially if it’s not able to be recycled. Try supporting companies that make smart choices with their packing materials and recycle or reuse everything that you can.
- Try a Meal Delivery Service That Prioritizes Sustainability & Organic Ingredients
There are also numerous organic meal delivery services that can help make it so much easier to eat eco-friendly family meals. Not to mention, they’ll make weeknight dinners easier too! And if you’re really committed to bettering the environment, you’ll want to choose a service that makes it a priority to use organic ingredients that come from sustainable farmers.
Many of these services proudly share how they obtain the ingredients for their meals. You can research to figure out where each one gets their meat and produce. Plus, you’ll also want to look at the packaging they send their meal kits in. Ideally, you’d want a company that encourages recycling through the materials they use if you're aiming for eco-friendly family meals.
One company that our family uses on a regular basis is Green Chef. This is because they are actually the first USDA-certified organic meal kit company and pride themselves on transparency when it comes to their ingredients. Not only that, but they support family farms and those who are committed to sustainable practices. And the “cherry on top” is that all of the packaging materials they use can be recycled, reused, or even composted.
- Shop at Local Farmers Markets
Lastly, you can also start shopping at your local farmers market. This is actually a great way to support your community as well as eat healthier/greener. One of the favorite things our family loves about shopping at the farmers market is being able to meet the people who grow your food. Unlike when you shop at the grocery store, it’s fun and educational to learn about what they do.
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