1. Eat More Greens instead of Meat
Reducing the amount of meat we eat has a direct impact on natural resources required to rear livestock. For example, if we were to reduce red meat consumption by 25%, greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 8% according to a study conducted by A*Star & Deloitte in 2019. Pistachio Tip: Replace animal protein with plant-based proteins such as tofu or vegetables!
2. Say no to highly processed foods
Besides the fact that highly processed foods like potato chips and cup noodles are detrimental to one’s health, manufacturing them has a higher carbon footprint as there are several steps in the food supply chain before it hits the supermarket shelves. Pistachio Tip: Grab a handful of unprocessed nuts or fresh fruit!
3. Opt for whole-grains
Non-refined carbohydrates require less time to produce as there are fewer steps in processing involved. In turn, this reduces the amount of energy required to produce a loaf of bread! Pistachio Tip: If you’re not a fan of whole-grain foods, try mixing it with a cup of yogurt to acquire the taste for it; Or sprinkle them in your oatmeal!
4. Reduce food packaging
Often, food packaging is not biodegradable and remains in landfills for decades. Chemicals from the packaging materials may contaminate our water bodies too. Pistachio Tip: Choose products with minimal packaging or bring along your own reusable bags instead.
5. Limit the number of grocery trips made
Instead of driving to the nearest grocery store, try walking instead! Cycling or public transport improves fuel efficiency as well.
Pistachio Tip: Write out a grocery list of what you need; this will help you be more mindful of what you spend on too!