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You are what you eat: with these tips you reduce your ecological footprint

The choices we make about what we eat, have an important ecological impact. Yet, even for people who consciously deal with them is not always easy to make the right decisions to make. We will put you on your way with some angles.

Choose a reusable packaging made from beeswax. © Bee’s Wrap

Plan your purchases

Everything starts with conscious shopping. First, look at what you still have in-house. The problem in Flanders is the large number of two-income households that only once per week, a foot in place in the supermarket, where they misguided all their shopping for the rest of the week, they do. Don’t be fooled by the promotions and great packaging, buy only what you really need. Creating a weekly menu can help.

Buy organic, local and seasonal

Choose where possible for organically grown vegetables and fruits, so support your farmers with respect for the environment work. So use bioboeren for example, no pesticides, which are consequently not on your food environment.

Try also seasonal products to buy. Not only the flavors of these vegetables and fruit are much better, so you also know that they are not half the world have traveled before they are on your board are up to. On the price tag you find almost always the country of origin.

Avoid packaging

In addition to growing food, provides the packaging for an environmental impact. Ask yourself if you really need individually wrapped servings and or your fresh vegetables or fruit in a separate bag should do. A lot of vegetables and fruit all by itself, a natural packaging.

You can always choose your own reusable boxes, jars or containers to bring when you go to the (super)market. Also, there are more and more package-free stores, such as, for example, Robust in Antwerp or Ohne in Ghent, where you eat your food in bulk can buy.

Keep on the right way

It is also important to food, the right way, to keep. Some fruits and kinds of vegetables it is best to keep outside the refrigerator, just think of bananas, kiwi and avocado. On the internet you can find a lot of lists of what is and is not in the refrigerator.

Do you have a half onion or cucumber? Grab them in the reusable Bee-Wrap made of beeswax.

Work with overschotjes

If there is still overschotjes arise, handle them in a creative way in a court. You have too many of the ingredients purchased? Boil and bake them already, then you can last longer in the fridge. The Fruit almost over-ripe, you can also perfectly handle it in a delicious smoothie.

There are even a few restaurants, such as, for example, Instock in Amsterdam or Rekub in Antwerp, which for their specials exclusively with overschotjes work.

More tips or inspiration on sustainable and ecological living, you can find on Ecolifestyle.be

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