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5 ways to eat sustainably

Eating sustainably matters. It is one of the ways we can contribute to making the world a healthier place to live. According to WWF, food is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. If we don’t start thinking twice about what we put on our plates, we might be seeing our planet’s demise sooner than we think. So let’s do our part for the good of our planet. For starters, here are five ways to eat more sustainably:

 

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Go local

Supermarkets offer variety and convenience. However, when you purchase locally, you’re making a significant difference. Buying local means less greenhouse emissions from having them imported from elsewhere, meaning less carbon footprint. Also, locally-grown foods are fresher and grow naturally according to season, compared to year-round produce found in supermarkets. Plus, when you choose local, you’re also helping local businesses thrive.


 

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Eat mindfully

How often do you find yourself still feeling hungry after a meal? If this happens quite often, perhaps it is time to inculcate mindful eating in your lifestyle. Mindful eating means proactively paying attention to our relationship with food consumption. There is no right or wrong way to mindful eating, however it involves a process of constantly being aware of our eating habits – both good and bad.

Some mindful eating habits include eating food served in moderate portions, paying attention to how your body is reacting to certain foods and chewing slowly to enjoy being present at mealtimes.


 

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Choosing responsibly sourced options

Seafood, especially fish is a wonderful source of high-quality protein and nutrients for your overall health. However, it’s important to check on a regular basis where exactly your seafood comes from. Wildly caught or farmed-raised, the source matters. For example, if your favourite fish is harvested through harmful practises or is on the brink of extinction, it’s important to stop buying from those sources and choose sustainable alternatives like farmed fish instead.


 

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Start a garden of your own

By growing your own garden, you get to decide what goes into your soil, you’ll reduce the usage of packaging, plus it livens up the ambiance at your house. It’s not that hard to start your own garden. Start growing veggies or herbs in a pot today and they’ll be ready to eat just a few weeks later! Want to know how? Check out: www.borneotalk.com/six-easy-herbs-veg-to-grow-at-home


 

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Say no to single-use items

According to National Geographic, there are about 8 million tonnes of plastic wastes swimming in the ocean. So, the next time you’re ordering take-out or having a drink outside, remember to ditch plastic takeaway materials (containers, utensils) or plastic straws.  Swap them with sustainable and reusable options such as your own containers and eco-friendly straws.

 

At the end of the day, ‘you are what you eat’. So, let’s all take consideration of these small yet impactful steps for a better tomorrow.

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