02 Mar How to play your part for Earth Hour
How to play your part for Earth Hour
It’s a crazy time at the moment but I’m glad to see Earth Hour is still going ahead on the 28 March. We’re invited to join in (wherever you are in the world) to turn our lights off at 8.30pm for an hour. I’m always thinking about what more I can do, for Earth Hour, but also every day, so thought I’d share 8 ways I check myself with waste, consumption and packaging from loo roll to toothbrushes!
1. Unplug. As well as turning off lights when they’re not needed, I unplug phone and computer chargers. Do yourself a favour and keep your bedroom free of them anyway for good bedroom vibes.
2. Eat less but better meat. I eat meat much less often and it means my meals are varied, full of veg and I can afford really good quality meat when I do eat it. My new cookbook, Eat Green is all about that, including embracing those unloved and unfashionable cuts that end up in the bin – bring back livers, lamb breast, oxtail soups and goat curries!
3. Grow your own. I grow my most-used herbs as it’s super easy and saves a fortune. Do you find yourself buying those plastic wrapped herb pots that wither and die within a few days and you barely get a handful of herb? Basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme and dill are so easy to grow, they smell wonderful, look beautiful and means there’s less packaging all round.
4. Toilet habits. I really recommend the ‘who gives a crap’ loo rolls – they’ve got ranges made from recycled paper and bamboo and they donate 50% of their profits to build toilets globally.
5. Pick up plastic. Usually I’d join a park, canal or beach clean but instead use Earth Hour to pick up rubbish on your daily walk or cycle and bring it home to recycle. Last year, I went out with the amazing Plastic Patrol to paddle board and litter-pick on the West London canals. It was insane to see the amount of plastic and litter out there.
6. Seal the deal test. My friend taught me this one. Do a little kitchen inspection and see that your fridge and freezer are sealed properly to stop cold air getting out and warm air getting in.
7. Plastic at home. I like to see where I can cut down on plastic from room to room. Once you start you can’t stop spotting all that plastic. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one next time you shop? We all know about saying NO THANKS to straws, bottled water and plastic bags but what else can we all do. A great way to cut down on plastic and packaging is to visit bulk shops, see here for more including a link to find your nearest bulk buy shop.
8. Batch cook. Save yourself time, energy and cut down on kitchen waste by batch cooking something lovely and simple once a week. In half an hour, you could clear the fridge of tired veg, fry them up with onions and garlic, add a tin of cooked beans, blend, season, add spices if you like and have a delicious, hearty, creamy soup to stock up the fridge for a rainy day or share. That’s food karma and it makes the world go round.