Reduce food miles, waste and packaging

Gardener with onions in the kitchen garden at Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon

We can reduce the environmental impact of what we eat by growing our own fruit and veg. If you don’t have your own back garden, you could try growing on a windowsill. Or do your bit by buying produce that’s in season and looking for package-free options.

Our lives revolve around food, but where does it all come from? Do we know the real cost food has on the environment? With an ever-growing population and a rising demand for variety and convenience, food has become one of the largest contributors to climate change. UK food waste charity WRAP estimated annual food waste in 2018 created over 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, 85 per cent of which came from UK households and food manufacturing. 

You can help to reduce your impact in lots of ways, from choosing to go plastic free, to buying locally-sourced food, or even growing your own seasonal fruit and veg at home. Why not get the whole family stuck in with some tasty recipes using home-grown ingredients or locally sourced produce?

Read more below about the simple steps you can take to achieve a more sustainable approach to food.

What's in season during autumn

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Kohl rabi
  • Leeks
  • Onions and shallots
  • Pak choi
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes (maincrop)
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Swede and turnip
  • Winter squash and pumpkins

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Quince
  • Autumn-fruiting raspberries 

Growing food to work with nature

Gull chicks, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Why stop there? 

With a whole year packed full of ideas and inspiration to help you on your way, you don't have to stick to just one promise.