Sustainability: eating and living with the Earth in Mind

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Sustainability: eating and living with the Earth in Mind

A sustainable destination must increase initiatives of this nature. In this context, the local community are one of several drivers for this transformation, through actions that can be adopted indoors and that contribute towards a more sustainable destination.

In this article, you can find some sustainability tips that can be taken into consideration in everyday life.

1. Use leftover food for new meals
Making use of food surpluses is a way to break eating monotony and manage your budget better.

With access to social networks, blogs, sites and other sources of information, it is possible to get ideas for creating meals with leftovers. For example, vegetable leftovers can be used for soups, salads, quiches and omelets; meat and fish leftovers, to make risottos, pies, sandwiches, rissoles and even pizzas; rice, pasta and potato surpluses, to make risottos, cold salads, au gratin, purée and, for the greediest, sweet rice.

2. Create a kitchen garden at home
Creating a kitchen garden at home, in an area with good sun exposure, is a way to save a few euros on trips to the supermarket and to “have at hand” vegetables, aromatic herbs and fresh fruit with high nutritional content, whenever they are needed. Not to mention that it is a way of introducing new healthier eating habits into your meals.

On the other hand, it is also a way to take a “break” from daily stress. Growing food helps you to learn an art and to decorate your home with a fresher, more harmonious, and colorful environment.

Some examples of vegetables and herbs that you can grow at home:

– Cherry tomatoes;

– Lettuce;

– Parsley;

– Savory;

– Oregano;

– Mint;

– Thyme;

– Rosemary;

– Basil;

– Chives.

3. Choose more efficient home appliances.
With the advancements in technology, the appliances used within the home have become more efficient compared to previous generations. Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers are some of these examples and in such a way that they play a predominant role for economic and environmental sustainability.

Choose appliances with the most energy efficient rating. In this way you will reduce your electricity consumption, the emission of greenhouse gases and save money at the end of the month. The path to sustainability must begin within our home, so it is up to all of us to contribute to the well-being of our planet throughout the good management of its resources involving long-term sustainable strategies aiming at benefiting both parties.