Listen, I’m not going to lecture you: we all know that we need to eat way, way less meat – beef in particular. We also need to shop less sloppily to cut down on food waste. That is easier said than done, we can’t all live next to a butcher, baker and grocer and shop every day like it’s 1950. You can’t meal plan down to the nearest scrap, life just isn’t like that. We can only try.
You’re a really conscientious bunch and I’m not saying that just to suck up, I mean it. You could teach me, probably, a thing or too about behaving in a more sustainable way.
These are just recommended services that you might not have heard of, which might put a spring in your vegetarian-shoed step.
Milk & More – this only operates in certain bits of the UK – and is under the umbrella company of the Muller dairy business. It is insanely popular with everyone who uses it. They deliver all sorts of handy stuff in cute vans.
Oddbox – the delivery of wonky fruit and vegetables not up to supermarkets’ cosmetic standards. There are also a billion other veg box schemes that I imagine you’re already signed up to, if you want to be signed up to one.
Halo Coffee – they make and deliver compostable Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules.
Too good to go – this is an App that lets you sort of rescue food that would otherwise be thrown away. Stores upload food that needs to be eaten today or will be chucked – you pay a cut price for it and then go and fetch.
There are also a whole load of pages on the internet detailing the top ten most environmentally-damaging foods, (beef, lamb, shellfish, pork, anything imported), and the top ten least damaging foods, (anything local, peas, beans, broccoli, potatoes, onions). I mean none of it is a massive surprise – and I now have acute anxiety about the amount of kale, courgettes and carrots in our diet – but still.
It sounds to me like the packet-free shopping trial they did at that Oxford Waitrose was such a success I think we’ll start seeing it everywhere.
But until then, I’m particularly interested in knowing if there is a packaging-free store where you are, where you can bring your own container and get refills of olive oil, rice, pasta and other basics.
Mine is Earth, at 200 Kentish Town Road. You?