From Our Chefs

Earth Friendly Tips to Practice in Your Kitchen Today

You know we’re big fans of eating green. But, we’re also here for LIVING green! The weight of the climate crisis isn’t something we’re going to “fix” in one blog post. But, as today is a celebration of the amazing planet we all share, we’re giving you our best advice to maintain an Earth friendly kitchen.

Photographer: Maarten van den Heuvel | Source: Unsplash

Cook More!

Ok, ok, we get it! This may seem like obvious advice coming from chefs, but cooking at home has amazing results for your body and environment compared to processed foods! You’re able to avoid much of the packaging that ends up in landfills and preservatives that end up in your body.

Taking the time to cook also allows you to connect with what you’re eating and directly explore cuisines from all over the planet! Name a better way to celebrate Earth Day than eating a yummy meal... we’ll wait.

Photographer: Jonathan Borba | Source: Unsplash

Flex Your Barista Skills.

That $5 take-out coffee habit isn’t helping anyone. Not only does it have a huge impact on your wallet, it also contributes to landfills. Plus you know the old adage, “if you want it done right, do it yourself!”

To ensure you’re getting the perfect cup of joe every time, make your own coffee! Using 100% Fair-Trade beans is another way to ensure that your habits are the best for you, your budget and the Earth.

From hearth to hearth
Photographer: Fahmi Fakhrudin | Source: Unsplash

Eat more veggies!

Yes, we are giving you the same advice your parents gave you as a child. But, not only do vegetables require less energy and water to grow than other food sources, they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Take it to the next level by shopping seasonal ingredients from local farmers and markets to further reduce the emissions to transport food to grocery shelves from the far corners of the Earth.

Clean eating
Photographer: Marisol Benitez | Source: Unsplash

Test out non-dairy milks.

Gone are the days of a simple choice between 2%, non-fat and whole milk. The refrigerator at the grocery store has become a maze full of catchy branding and endless options. It’s easy to get lost in the multitude of choices, but as a group of people who love experimenting with flavor, texture and consistency, we encourage you to venture outside of our comfort zone and try something new!

There are variances in the ecological impact of various milks. But the bottom line? Non-dairy options are significantly less impactful than their traditional counterparts.

impact of different milks on Earth

Dine in style.

Disposable napkins, paper plates and plastic cutlery are so 2020. Using real dishes, silverware and cloth napkins will make every meal feel special AND you’ll create less waste. Set the mood by lighting candles made of natural materials to reduce the amount of energy you use while enjoying your culinary creations.

Candle lit dinners are Earth Friendly
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