Sustainable Food & Drink
What we choose to eat and drink contributes significantly to our environmental and social impacts. Therefore, diet is a crucial factor in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. This is one area where voting with your wallet can have a significant, real-world impact. In addition, food is vital to health and well-being and for that reason alone it is well worth your attention.
There are a lot of opportunities to eat sustainably on campus at King's Food outlets. To start your week on an environmentally friendly note, you can try vegetarian options on Meat Free Mondays. Throughout the week there is a delicious salad bar, to help you eat healthily and meat free.
If you're buying takeaway, you can avoid using disposable cutlery by bringing your own. Similarly, all King's Food outlets sell reusable Keep Cups. You get a free drink when you buy the cup, and save 10p per hot drink purchased in your reusable cup afterwards.
King's Food has joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association, seeking to source its products ethically, and has for a number of years been selling Fairtrade products in all its cafes.
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Research suggests that eating organic is healthier for you, and it’s undoubtedly better for the environment through its general rejection of chemicals and high standards of environmental and animal welfare. Organic products can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts, but this is for good reason and one has to consider if the benefits merit the difference in price.
Fairtrade certification indicates a high standard of welfare for producers and allows typically exploited small-scale operations to improve their trading position and returns.
Reducing Meat Consumption
Reduce Food Waste
Supporting local production can reduce carbon emissions while providing a boost to the local economy. Further, it generally means fresh food, which can be healthier, and seasonal food, which is more sustainable. Farmers’ Markets offer cheap, local products with minimal packaging. Better yet, grow your own!
UK households throw away 7 million tonnes of food every year (at a cost of £12.5 billion), largely attributable to cooking too much and not using leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste can help you to plan your portions and give you ideas for re-using leftover food.
You can use this Food Waste Calculator to estimate how much of the fresh food you buy ends up in the bin. The tool works out the environmental impact as well as how much money you're wasting.