Guest Post by Kevin Gannon
As a recent college graduate, I enjoy being part of a generation that seems to be taking a true interest in living naturally and supporting the environment. Both for personal and societal well-being, the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle are being emphasized more and more.
However, while the consciousness is there, many young people are unaware of some of the specific steps they can take to live more sustainable lifestyles. When budget is an issue and you’re trying to find your place in the “real world” for the first time, these issues can take a back seat. In this article, I’ll share 5 valuable food-related tips I’ve compiled to starting a sustainable lifestyle.
1. Eat Seasonal Foods
Of course, you can diversify your diet as well, but consuming seasonal foods is a great way to start building a sustainable lifestyle with regard to food. Enjoy foods when they’ll taste freshest and best, and often when they cost the least. ABC notes it’s also a way to get to know local farmers and farmers’ markets, as these are excellent sources of seasonal foods.
2. Grow Food At Home
Don’t think that this isn’t an option simply because you don’t have your dream garden yet! There are plenty of foods, from simple herbs to things like tomato and strawberry plants, that you can easily grow in small space, such as on a window sill or in hanging containers in the kitchen. This ultimately saves money on shopping and provides you with fresh, natural ingredients.
3. Check Out Sustainable Eating Apps
If you’re simply looking for specific tips – what to eat, where to find it, how to shop with sustainability in mind, etc. – consider downloading a few related apps on your smartphone or tablet. For example, there are apps that helps you find, and get to, local farmers’ markets, or apps that suggest recipes for the food you bring home.
4. Ease Away From Processed Foods
Not only are processed foods less healthy – they’re also more expensive and involve more waste. Cut back on unhealthy foods, packaging, and unnecessary expense by opting instead for “real food” ingredients. Coming out of college, things like granola bars and things of that nature seem like great snacks – but a few pieces of fruit, veggies or some nuts will do the trick as well!
5. Buy Reusable Shopping Bags
Reusable shopping bags – which come in handy at the farmers’ market - cut back enormously on plastic and paper waste. If you’re living in a tiny apartment right out of college, you may even appreciate that in your own home! Less waste and clutter are always good things.
Kevin Gannon is a recent graduate with an English degree pursuing online journalism. Experiencing the changes in the world, Kevin supports the importance of a sustainable and organic lifestyle.