Why is growing your own vegetables good for the environment?
For a good reason, sustainability is a hot topic. We are all concerned about our impact on the environment and the future of our planet. The good news is that it’s easy to improve things if we all contribute. And it can even be fun!
Many don’t realize that global food consumption significantly contributes to environmental degradation and creates massive amounts of non-recyclable plastic waste. Do you want to reduce your ecological footprint and live more sustainably? Have you ever considered growing food in your garden or on the balcony?
What about all the plastic?
If we look closer at our household, we find that we produce a lot of non-recyclable waste. There are a lot of plastic products and garbage in the kitchen: we buy green beans wrapped in plastic, use disposable plastic bags to put our bananas in, and so on.
Many plastic products make it into our kitchen, which we can give a second life. For example, many vegetables can be easily grown in containers or nursery pots. Even if you don’t have much space, you can grow some delicious plants! Good vegetables for this are, for example, beetroot, carrots, green beans, herbs, peas, potatoes, radishes, chili peppers, peppers, lettuce, spring onions, and tomatoes.
Just take a close look at your waste and throw yourself into upcycling. Tin cans, for example, are ideal for creating an herb garden on the windowsill. Or how about a vertical garden made of plastic bottles? Let your creativity run free here, and give your plastic waste a second chance.
Did you know that you only need three things to compost? You need “brown” components, such as dried leaves and twigs, which you can pick up, then add the “green” components. These are grass clippings, vegetable waste, leftover fruit, or coffee grounds. Add some water, and you have your own compost at home!
If you keep the three components in balance, the compost should be of good quality. So the next time you have leftovers or scraps of food in your kitchen, you know what to do: Instead of throwing them in the trash can, throw them in the compost! Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, methane emissions, and your carbon footprint.
But the recycling fun in your kitchen continues beyond there. There are many herbs and vegetables that you can regrow from their leftovers. Lettuce, celery, lemongrass, sweet potatoes, ginger, onions, and garlic can easily regrow. It makes the gardener’s heart beat faster, is good for the environment, and saves money!
The ecological footprint
Did you know that a small family consumes a load of a light truck, an average of 1,200 kilograms of food per year? A truck emits 150 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven. That is the same amount of carbon dioxide a commercial airline produces in a three-hour flight.
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