When you are at a restaurant you should of course enjoy a delicious and well-prepared meal. With just a few minor changes you can still enjoy a good steak or a deliciously cooked fish and still reduce your environmental impact. Many restaurants already work with reducing their environmental footprint with the right ingredients and products as well as by minimizing waste and optimizing the cooking.
Also when cooking at home or arranging a party with catering it is good to keep in mind what you can do for the environment with just a few small adjustments.
With the following advice you make conscious environmental choices when eating out, cooking or ordering food:
- Choose a venue that serves a la carte instead of buffets. If you do go to a buffet, take only as much as you can eat to avoid excess food waste. If allowed, use doggy bags for left overs!
In Denmark, we throw away over 700,000 tons of food every year. Food waste can be reduced when shopping, cooking, serving as well as after the meal. Reducing food waste is not only good for the environment , it is also common sense and you can even save money.
- Eat less meat and more vegetables. If you do eat meat, choose free range and organic animal products.
The conditions for farm animals are not always humane and sustainable. By choosing animal products that are free range and organic the animals have had a more natural upbringing and not been fed with unhealthy alternatives. This also correlates with a sustainable meat production industry and is also the healthier choice for you.
- When eating fish, make sure it is ASC or MSC certified.
Overfishing, certain fishing methods, extraction of marine resources and contamination pose a major threat to a large number of fish stocks. Purchasing the right fish helps avoid severe damage to your oceans and these fish populations.
- Choose local, seasonal and organic produce. Look for the organic cuisine label to ensure a responsible process and products. Local and seasonal produce often creates less of an environmental footprint than the produce shipped from the other side of the world, and it usually tastes better too. Seasonal produce is less likely to be grown in a artificial way and is therefore also the environmental friendly choice. Make sure to enjoy what the Nordic seasons have to offer also in the kitchen. Organic produce means products grown or produced with the environment in mind, using less toxic repellents and more environmentally friendly production methods. Safer for both you and the environment. Nowadays it is even possible to get organic beverages, beer and wine.