Food and the Environment

Ideas to make your food more sustainable

You may not realise it, but the food you eat takes a lot of energy to reach your plate.

Growing, harvesting, producing and transporting ingredients takes time, labour and travel miles. The food industry is one of the largest in the UK so it uses a huge amount of water and energy.

The more non-renewable energy we use, the more carbon emissions we release into the atmosphere and the more we contribute to climate change. That’s why it’s vital to find more sustainable ways of producing, packaging, distributing and disposing of our food.

Grow your own

Growing your own food is the ultimate way to eat sustainably. Your fruit and vegetables could travel as little as a few metres from garden to kitchen.

Buy local produce

When you buy food from a local farm or market, you limit the distance it has travelled and reduce the amount of packaging you need too. Local produce is better for you as it’s fresher. Buying locally also boosts the local economy. Join the Bournemouth Food Assembly to buy fresh local produce every week.

Buy Fairtrade

For things like bananas and coffee, which we can’t grow locally, we can still buy more sustainable options. Fairtrade products give more back to the communities who grow them. They enable communities to grow more sustainably with less damage to the environment. Bournemouth has proudly been a Fairtrade Town since 2014.