1. Know the products good for your health
Depending on your health level, culinary preferences, and budget, you must choose a diet that will benefit you. To do this correctly you will need to consult with professionals in order to understand which products are recommended to you (discuss with recommended doctors, nutritionists, and avoid resorting to the advice of amateurs and charlatans). For example:
- to avoid overeating, you will start using foods with fewer flavor amplifiers, ingredients that increase appetite;
- in order to increase your physical and intellectual work capacity, you will consume more vegetables and less sugar and fats.
2. Choose products made and sold by conscious businesses
You will gain directly and indirectly, immediately and over a period of time, if you will buy products from companies, that manage their business in such a way to:
- protecting the buyer pocket and health, by designing food products that are qualitative;
- protecting the environment by saving natural resources and reducing waste and toxic emissions in their production, logistic, and storage processes;
- practicing ethical business (legal finance activity, honest marketing, decent wages, and working conditions for employees, etc.).
Further are recommendations to identify such products:
- ANALYZE THE ADVERTISING:
Choose products that were advertised without urges to practicing excessive consumption. Excess is harmful to the environment because it increases the volume of production, and as a result, increases the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated. Usually, these products are overestimated and aggressively promoted. Here you can find more information about toxic marketing.
- READ THE LABEL:
- The product description.
This will help you choose the right composition of the food products. You can identify the quality also visually, smell, and taste, but because our senses can mislead us, we must first rely on the information on the product label. Practicing this daily, in a short time, you will start to easily differentiate the products by quality. To better understand the forms on the package, use the Internet and specialized applications.
- The product certifications
This is proof that the company applies in practice certain recognized technologies and standards (this was verified by a recognized evaluation company).
Because many logos and text on the labels are a marketing move (fakes like eco, green, bio without any proofs), it’s important to know which certifications are appropriate. Here are some examples with recognized certifications:
- EU organic – the logo can only be used on products when they contain at least 95% of organic ingredients (without pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals) and additionally respect further strict conditions for the remaining 5%. This means that products have fulfilled strict conditions on how they must be produced, processed, transported, and stored.
- ISO 22000 – all processes in the company are managed in such a way as to ensure the safety of their products and the well-being of their consumers.
- ISO 14001 – all processes in the company are managed in such a way as to improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste;
- Fair Trade – Fair Trade empowers consumers to have a positive impact on farmers, and farmworkers through their everyday purchases.
- Click here for more certifications.
- The product description.
- FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
Here you must find out the following information about the Manufacturer and Retailer:
- history – find information about the activities in which the company was involved, for example, social or illegal activities;
- strategy – find on the company website their mission and objectives. Developing and promoting innovative technologies to solve local and global problems is a good sign.
Most likely you will not find the ideal products or businesses, but it is always possible to choose the best ones.
3. Choose local producers
By doing this you will have the next benefits:
- faster delivery and less carbon footprint because of shorter transport distance;
- in most cases cheaper prices, because there will be no expenses on transportation, storage, and other financial expenses incurred by the retailer;
- a more dynamic local economic development because part of the money earned by the company will be invested locally.
Learn to cook a few tasty meals well. This will help you:
- eating delicious food even if you are on a diet;
- eating fast food and visit restaurants less often and thus save health and money.
To do this successfully, take a few cooking lessons from a good teacher-cook (online or offline).
5. Take the optimal amount
- The volume of purchased products, and the quantity of prepared food, should be optimal so that it is not necessary to throw away spoiled products. Fewer discarded products mean:
- less industrial waste, because of the decrease of cultivation, production, logistics, and storage of products;
- less consumer waste, because the spoiled product that was thrown away has packaging. Thus, throwing away a spoiled product and buying another one instead, doubles the volume of this packaging;
- money saved.
- Choose the product and packaging ratio in such a way as to decrease the amount of packaging.
For example, instead of buying drinking water in small bottles buy it in large bottles because it will reduce emissions from plastic production and plastic waste.
- If you have little money, follow the rules:
- better a little but good quality;
- better nutritious than bulky and beautiful;
6. Transport and store correctly
Also, transport and store food correctly to keep them fresh, otherwise you will end up with spoiled products. As mentioned above, fewer discarded products mean less waste from production and consumption.
If you think this is little, then multiply a billion people by the amount of food you throw every day. And then count how much comes out in a year. And if take into account all the people on earth?
Also, don’t forget to have a sustainable bag for transportation. Otherwise, you will contribute to the increase of the production rhythm of the packaging and of the waste generated by this production. You can identify such packaging by visual analysis or reading the information written on it.
7. Dispose of correctly
Here are some variants to do this right:
- donation. If the food to be thrown away can be consumed you can donate these products:
- to institutions for the homeless
- to livestock farms,
- to dog nurseries,
- compost. Thus, instead of the food waste ending up in landfills, it ends up in gardens. There is a lot of information on the internet about compost. Depending on the volume of waste and the infrastructure you have, you will be able to choose the right option.