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Food and Drink

Food and drink accounts for some 25% of the average UK person's carbon footprint. Reduce your footprint by following the advice below

Over the coming weeks, we will be creating a series of blogs and articles to explain how what you eat and drink impacts on your Carbon Footprint. Here are just some of the topics we hope to cover

  • Why shopping locally and seasonally is important

  • The impact on greenhouse gas emissions of food waste

  • From Farm to Fork - where is your food being wasted?

  • Growing Your Own (See below)

  • Eating Out

  • How to reduce your food waste

  • How carbon footprints of different foods compare

  • How farming and food production practices vary around the world

  • How far has the food you buy been transported?

  • How packaging of food drink impacts on greenhouse gas emissions

  • Meat vs Plant based food - how do their Carbon Footprints compare

If you would like to suggest a topic for us to cover, or if you would like to write an article for us, do get in touch

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Top Tips for Reducing your Carbon Footprint


Here are 3 simple tips relating to what you eat and drink to get you started.

  • Try cutting down meat consumption to only a couple of days a week

  • Shop locally and seasonally as far as possible

  • Avoid buying fruit and veg that are wrapped in plastic. Take along your own bag and buy them loose

  • Have a go at Growing Your Own fruit and veg - Zero Transport, Zero Packaging, and, as long as you use organic gardening techniques,  Zero Chemicals (see below)

We will regularly be adding more tips to the list, so do keep coming back to check them out. If you have any top tips you would like to share, do let us know

Have A Go At Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg

Even if you have a small garden, or perhaps only a balcony, you can have a go at growing your own fruit and veg. The many varieties of salad leaves, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, and herbs can all be grown successfully in containers or grow bags. And everything you grow will be Zero Transport, Zero Packaging, and, if you use organic gardening techniques, Zero Chemicals

You can start things off as seeds on a window sill before planting them out, or these days, you can buy small plants ready to plant out straight away from many garden centres. The following sites give you all the information you need to get started:

Maybe you are looking for a bigger space to grow fruit and veg, and are thinking about getting an allotment. There are 5 allotment sites in Market Harborough, and many of the surrounding villages have a site too. In all cases, there is quite a long waiting list, so if you want to go down this route, get your name on the waiting list as soon as possible.

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