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What can you do for World Environment Day?

Today is World Environment Day – a global event designed to help us reconnect with our planet and ensure we take care of it.

 

World Environment Day Planet

 

The website states: “In recent decades, scientific advances as well as growing environmental problems such as global warming are helping us to understand the countless ways in which natural systems support our own prosperity and well-being.”

 

UN Environment’s Erik Solheim encourages us to connect with nature and “make the planet great again”

 

So in today’s blog post we want to talk about ways you can be environmentally friendly in your home without breaking the bank!

 

Not that we wouldn’t love everyone to live green all the time in all the ways they can, but let’s face it, for some of us the thought of installing solar panels and upping the specification of your house’s energy efficiency can be a big task. Rather than covering this we will focus on changes that are quick and easy.

 

  1. Use rechargeable batteries!
  2. Make use of your brown and green bins and recycle all the items that your council collects
  3. In the office and at home – ensure you turn off any computer/laptop monitors at the end each day
  4. Get some exercise and walk or cycle your local trips to the bank/post office/shops and walk up stairs instead of using a lift or escalators (good for our bodies too)
  5. Use Green businesses when possible – this extends to buying non-toxic household cleaners like ecover or Method and use eco friendly beauty products.
  6. Take your packed lunch in an insulated bag rather than plastic containers or bags and keep a water bottle and re-use instead of buying bottles continuously (this is another great money saver)
  7. Get a smart meter installed and see how you can save electric and money too by not having unnecessary lights etc. on
  8. Buy seasonal British produce which is cheaper than unseasonal imported produce and better for you!
  9. When doing your weekly shop remember to use re-usable bags and not disposable ones
  10. Try growing your own veggies and/or herbs – a window box is great for growing your own herbs
  11. Avoid food waste by cooking batches of food and freezing some portions – this is a double dose of goodness as keeping your freezer full makes it more economic to run
  12. Use a roasting dish in the oven and not disposable ones and use a metal platter rather than disposables on your BBQ

 

Not only will these small changes help the planet but a lot of the above will also save you money. Win-win!

 

At eco cuisine we use a fully electric van to deliver our clients event catering.

 

eco cuisine electric van world environment day

 

In the kitchen we use Norwex cloths to clean and shine our worktops and use ecover products to clean/wash-up. We carefully monitor our water usage and ordering is done by each event so as to avoid food waste. We recycle all cardboard packaging and tins we use. We don’t over-cater to avoid food waste -that’s not to say we are mean with portions by any means but at the same time don’t give huge portions that are not needed and inevitably thrown away. Bills are paid online and invoices sent by email. Business cards and flyers are printed on recycled card. We use British producers to avoid food miles and seasonal produce for taste, cost, and food miles considerations.

 

We hope these quick and easy tips provide some food for thought. Until next time…

Thanks,

Sonya



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This week is British Tomato Week 2017  and I am excited to share with you some of my thoughts on tomatoes. They are so versatile and a fantastic British produce that offers good nutritional value. Not only are they a source of Vitamin C when eaten raw, they have Vitamin A (Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant), Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting as well as many other vitamins and minerals which can reduce cholesterol and are proven to help fight different forms of cancer.

All in all, the humble tomato is not to be sniffed at!

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Have you heard that this weekend is the Vegan Summer Fest, in Earl’s Court London and next week is National Vegetarian Week? I wonder how many of you are participating?

People choose not to eat meat for a variety of reasons and the complete avoidance of all animal products is on this rise (veganism).

Some people choose a vegan or vegetarian diet because of faith and religious reasons, others for health reasons – diets rich in plant foods can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, and many others choose it for ethical reasons – helping prevent the exploitation of animals and help protect the environment.

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Slab of beef meat eco cuisine

As you probably know, here at eco cuisine we care deeply about our environment and ensuring the food industry is sustainable. We do everything we can to ensure that our carbon footprint is minimised and that sustainability is considered through every facet of our catering business. You can read more on what sustainability means to us here.

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