Here at Triwey, we have already talked a lot regarding the essentiality of organic and healthy eating. With that in mind, if you’ve been following most of these guides I am talking about, then you know that it is pretty easy to eat organic and healthy at home.
After all, you have your own local farmers, you know where the farmers’ markets are located, and even more importantly, you comprehend the labels in shops you visit.
That said, however, the struggle becomes real when you are out traveling in the world at destinations you have never visited before, surrounded by most people you cannot communicate with efficiently.
This challenge is the one that inspired me to create this detailed guide on the 5 eating habits of sustainable travelers. But before we get there, allow me to explain why eating sustainably is essential in the first place. This will help ensure that we’re all on the same page.
What is Sustainable Food?
What really equates to sustainable food? Well, defined simply, sustainable eating means ensuring you go the extra mile towards acquiring meals produced, delivered, and packaged in eco-friendly manners, as well as foods that do not have a high impact on the natural world.
Why is Eating Sustainably Important?
The average American household is reported to spend approximately $7,000 on food each year. Choosing to eat sustainably implies directing a huge amount of this cash to companies that produce and sell sustainably sourced meals.
As you can see, not only will eating sustainably have a massive impact on your wealth, but it will also significantly improve the health of the community you are visiting. Not to mention the fact it slows down climate change.
Now that you understand the basics of sustainable eating, we can skip to the main section of the post and look at the 5 eating habits of sustainable travelers.
Let’s get into this, without further ado.
- Before you leave for your journey
If you’re the kind to stay at hotels when traveling the world, then the first habit you will need to develop will be to research as much as you can about the hotel you will visit. Some of the questions you ought to ask yourself include, where is the nearest organic shop? Does the hotel have breakfast included? Even more importantly, do they offer organic foods?
If you still have a hard time settling on a hotel, I suggest you use the service on our homepage. After visiting the homepage, enter your travel destination, when you will visit when you will be leaving the destination, and hit the search button.
A few seconds later, the website should showcase some of the best hotels and eco hotels at your travel destination.
2. Reduce Meat Consumption
Research has consistently shown that animal foods boast a much larger water and carbon footprint compared to their counterparts, plant foods. So, why don’t we stop growing plants to feed our animals and instead start eating the plants directly.
Cutting out the middleman has never been a bad idea.
3. Consider Only Consuming Organic Meals
Around the world, organic food regulations have a reputation for significantly limiting the use of synthetic pesticides used in crop production. These regulations also support more sustainable soil practices, such as manure, composting, and cover crops.
Whole lot of most organic meals have additional advantages as well. Take Apples, for instance. They come with their own protection, their peel, which avoids the need for unsustainable packaging.
4. Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that more than 30 percent of the meals produced in the world go to waste?
Even if the food in question was organic and didn’t use high amounts of fertilizer, fuel, land, and water, the waste can still end up negatively affecting the environment. Why? Well, because the waste will go to a landfill, where it will contribute to air, water, and land pollution.
Feel free to use your leftover vegetables in a salad, soup, casserole, or stir fry if the situation allows. This brings me to the last eating habits.
5. Compost And Reduce Food Waste
Reducing food waste may be quite difficult while traveling, particularly if the hotel you are staying at is responsible for planning what you will eat, as well as the amounts you’re going to eat. It’s practically impossible to control the amount of waste produced in these places.
That said, I did research and find ways that you can contribute and limit the amount that goes to waste. A great example is composting. This is highly beneficial for the environment, as it’ll release and decompose methane. You can also pick a hotel that composts its waste.