Reduce food miles, waste and packaging

Harvesting beetroot from the courtyard garden at Heelis, Wiltshire

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. This is because of the huge amount of water needed to produce food, the emissions created from processing and packaging it, as well as food waste created at home.

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?

Not only will choosing to grow seasonal veg make for some truly tasty meals, this way of gardening works with nature as the seasons change. Here's what's in season in early spring to get the taste buds tingling.

  • Spring green cabbage
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Celeriac
  • Radicchio
  • Pak choi
  • Purple sprouting broccoli

Check back soon for what's in season this summer.

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.