4 Simple Dietary Changes That Support the Environment

More than three-quarters of Americans claim to be eco-friendly, yet when they consider their lifestyle a quarter of residents realize they do very little or nothing to protect the planet. It’s tough to remember to bring grocery cloth bags to the grocery store, and installing solar panels seems like a lot of work. But what if you knew that some simple dietary changes could have a big impact on the environment? Read on to discover the easy ways your plate could help the planet.

Embrace Meat-Free Monday

The environmental case for adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet is pretty compelling, but this change can be tough for the committed carnivores around the country. A much simpler approach is to experiment with a meat-free diet one day a week.

If everyone in the United States left meat off of their plate once a week, we’d save 100 billion gallons of water, which is enough to serve all the homes in New England for nearly four months. We’d also save 1.5 billion pounds of crops, which could feed the state of New Mexico for a year rather than hungry livestock. It would also reduce our country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 million tons, which is as much as France produces.

Vegetable rich pastas, soups, risottos, and salads taste so delicious, you probably won’t even miss your steak! Try experimenting with a range of mushrooms if you’re craving the earthiness of meat.

Choose a Non-Salt Water Softener

Water is one of the most commonly used elements in the kitchen, a base for stocks, sauces, soups, and beverages. However, more than 85 percent of American households have hard water, which can clog pipes and leave unsightly residue. Many households install a water softener to solve this problem, but many of these units also take a toll on the planet. To reduce the environmental impact, consider a non-salt water softener instead.

The waste water created by conventional water softeners is rich in chloride, which can harm plants and wildlife. A typical water softener can easily generate 600 gallons of waste water every year, so the impact of this refuse can’t be underestimated. The carbon footprint created transporting heavy bags of salt to the units should also concern sustainably-minded consumers.

Non-salt water softeners treat the water supply without stripping it of beneficial minerals including calcium and magnesium. That makes them a smarter choice for your health, your pipes, and the planet.

Eat Local Produce

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A study by Toronto’s Food Share found the average North American meal contains ingredients from five different countries, which adds up to some serious food miles. Research suggests most American food travels almost 1,500 miles before it’s consumed. Compare that with a meal created from meat, fruit, and vegetables bought from the local farmers’ market. Altogether, that locally-sourced dish’s ingredients have traveled just 60 miles to get to your plate.

The importation of food is now the largest component of air freight, which generates more pollutants than any other form of transportation. The carbon footprint gets even larger when you consider the need for extended refrigeration and packaging.

So bypass the supermarket and start visiting your local farmers’ market instead. The produce you’ll find here is much fresher and more delicious. Your market purchases also support the planet and your region’s farmers.

Choose Whole Foods

Health professionals have encouraged us to steer clear of processed foods and choose whole foods for decades, but eco-warriors have a new reason to heed their advice. These foods also take a real toll on the planet. Food production and supply accounts for 19 percent of America’s energy use. The bulk of this energy is used producing and packaging convenient, yet unhealthy, processed foods.

So steer clear of the frozen food and confectionary aisles and spend more time loading up your kart with whole foods like fruits and vegetables, rice, and oats. Cooking from scratch takes a bit more effort than microwaving ready meals, but the planet, and your waistline, will thank you for it.

You are what you eat, but the planet is too. Make these simple dietary changes to show your support for the environment.

 

Earth Day, Keep it Going

Earth Day, April 22nd is over but earth day needs to continue to happen everyday and continue to inspire awareness and appreciation for our Earth’s environment.  Save the world one cup at a time with The Eco Coffee Cup with Lid for only $6.95.  Use one of these 12-oz. ceramic cups again and again, rather than drinking your brew from a paper or foam cup that will spend years in a landfill.  The silicone sleeve provides additional insulation and gives you a firm grip, while the silicone lid holds tight to prevent spills.  The Eco Coffee Cup is designed to fit in your car’s cupholders.  Let’s continue to encourage environmentally-aware behaviors, such as recycling, using energy efficiently, and reducing or reusing disposable items.

Lakeside is committed to the environment

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Photo by Pranav

We recently posted up a section related to Lakeside’s commitment to the environment. Here is a brief excerpt of the article and you are encouraged to visit the section to see what we are doing to help the environment.

“At The Lakeside Collection®, we take our role as one of America’s premier catalog marketers seriously. As such, we recognize our responsibility to conserve and protect our natural resources, and have made significant strides toward a “greener” future. From our commitment to responsible paper procurement and catalog manufacturing, to ecologically conscious packaging programs, recycling initiatives and more, The Lakeside Collection® has established a conservation program that continues to grow. We’ve made great progress, and though we still have more to do, it is our goal to conduct our business with a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for the world and its natural resources.”

Get Greener

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Article by Kirsten Wechling, Credit and Collections Manager

It may be getting greener outside but how green is it inside?  I know I try my best to keep it green, do the right thing, have a positive impact on the environment.  You know the drill.  The faster I run the harder I have to try it seems.  So I have decided to make small changes that I can easily bring into my daily routine.  I know drinking water is heatlhy but worry about the bottle going into a landfill.  One easy way to fix that is just a simple re-usable bottle.  The Set of 5 Water Bottles is a great set you can use – and possibly coax some others in the family to use as well as friends to use.

These are a great choice to get stared with; while you’re being good to the environment, you’re also being good to yourself.  And if you run around as much as me, the fact that you can throw these in the dishwasher and go, makes all the difference.  Got some other great ways to get greener?  Share your ideas.  I know I could always use one!