What you eat, where it's from, and how it's packaged can have a major impact on the environment.
At least three times a day you make a choice about what to eat, why not include choices about sustainability at the same time? Think about minimizing packaging on foods, about eating local, organic, and Fair Trade options, and about composting any food waste when you're done.
Each year in the United States, enough disposable cups, forks and spoons are thrown out to circle the equator 300 times. Replace disposable products with reusable items and eliminate unnecessary items (such as coffee stirrers).
Buying in bulk reduces both packaging and cost. For example, switch out individual sugar packets for a sugar jar. Some bulk retailers allow customers to bring their own containers, which reduces packaging even more.
Organic foods use no petroleum-derived pesticides and fertilizers. Fair-trade products enhance equity in international trade. Local food helps reduce the distance that food travels, which averages 1,500 miles in the US.