CONSCIOUS CHRISTMAS EATING
Lyzi Unwin is back with tips for how to eat GOOD food this Christmas.
EATING ETHICALLY AT CHRISTMAS
For most of us, the whole month of December will be crammed full of fun festive parties, many of which will revolve around feasting on delicious food.
There are a few ways to make sure our glutton doesn’t create a huge impact on the environment:
Buy an organic, free-range turkey.
Turkeys are big birds – they need plenty of space, light and food. Around 10 million turkeys are eaten in the UK at Christmas time, and there is no EU legislation for the amount of space per bird, meaning they can be kept in spaces far too small for them. Source an organic, free-range turkey from a local butcher.
Consider going meat free.
Organic, free-range meat can be expensive. A much cheaper option is to go veggie, or even vegan! It’ll benefit the environment in the long run as well. And, let’s face it – the potatoes are the best bit anyway.
Buy organic, local veg.
Head to your local farmers market or greengrocer, and buy the most local veg you can find, preferably without any plastic packaging too! If you can buy directly from the producer and ask questions about the farm, do it! Cut out the middle-man and buy seasonal, organic products.
Trust us, it’ll be so much tastier, and much better for you and the environment without all those nasty chemicals.
Buy an organic veg box.
If you don’t have a local veg market or greengrocer, companies like Riverford will deliver. They don’t use unnecessary packaging, and items such as clementines are shipped in rather than flown. They also do a special vegan Christmas dinner box - complete with nut roast, veg, gravy, Christmas pudding and mince pies – as well as an organic meat box, and recipe ideas.
Buy fair trade.
It’s not really Christmas without a bit of chocolate, but make sure it’s fair trade. Look for the Fairtrade logo, and do some research into the companies who deal in direct trade with producers.
Have eco-friendly Christmas crackers.
We all love the tradition, but we don’t love the rubbish and the plastic toys so much. Now there are many other options on the market – handmade, recyclable, plastic-free, with prizes such as seeds to plant when spring rolls around.
You could also make your own!