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Eco-friendly Grocery shopping guide: Tips for environmentally conscious shopping

Once from Vienna to Beijing - nobody is going that far to do the grocery shopping fast. But the fact is: that's the CO2 emissions that each one of us causes by food consumption per year alone. So we "tow" a "CO2 backpack" of 2,500 kg per year through our eating habits with us. The good news is that it is easier than expected to put a stop to this development. In fact, climate-friendly shopping starts at home, in front of the supermarket. Think about how many people will have to go grocery shopping and what kind of dishes should be served. Once in business, there are also things to keep in mind:

Tip # 1: seasonal foods from the region

At Gourmet, we make sure that we work with suppliers from nearby areas. Food from the nearest region has shorter transport routes and can therefore be harvested ripe - in contrast to those who have a long journey behind .. Also, the seasonal availability plays a major role. Seasonally, ripe harvested fruits and vegetables are hard to beat and the CO2 backpack is also much smaller. Such delicacies can not only be found in the supermarket - a visit to a farmer's or weekly market in the vicinity also brings some variety to the everyday shopping routine.

Tip # 2: Vegetarian or "flexitarian" to protect the climate

According to a study by the WWF, we clearly eat too much meat and sausage. Even if it tastes good - the over consumption damages health and climate. Because meat and sausage products are responsible for a lion's share of the CO2 emissions caused by food consumption. Two good reasons to pay more attention to vegetarian cuisine or reduce meat consumption. And because it's not always that easy to conjure up climate-friendly "Flexitarier" dishes, you're welcome to try a few ideas from our blog.

Tip number 3: Quality labels do not adorn the packaging for nothing

Organic is better. That's why gourmet food comes in our cooking pots whenever possible. Organic farming is more resource efficient and more environmentally friendly, because no chemical fertilizers, pests or weed killers are used. The focus is on food production in harmony with nature.

Of course - not everything we like to see on our plates can be cultivated or produced in Austria. Sea fish and fruits are a good example. Fish are considered to be very healthy, but many species are unfortunately threatened with extinction due to overfishing and some catching and breeding methods are very stressful for the oceans. The MSC and ASC certifications ensure that the fish has been caught or bred under sustainable conditions. Also try local fish such as trout, carp or catfish; You are guaranteed to travel more eco-friendly.

Tip number 4: The right amount makes it - avoid food waste

For climate-friendly shopping it is also necessary to consider how much you really need, because there is a place where food guaranteed not belong: In the garbage can. A good third of all food ends up in the garbage, according to WWF. One likes to buy too much, then stores the purchased products incorrectly or throws them away because the expiration date (MHD) is exceeded. As the name implies, however, it only indicates how long the yoghurt, milk or spread will last. Most foods are also edible for a long time. Here is: look, smell, taste and then decide. Only with meat and fish one should comply with the expiration date necessarily.

Tip number 5: Leave the car

What we often do not consider: "The Last Mile" - the last few miles a food travels can make the climate footprint shoot up again enormously. If you have to move a car that weighs around 1,500 kilograms each time for a few kilograms, it will put a lot of strain on the environment. Instead, one could go from time to time certainly also on foot, ride by bicycle or with a public transport to the supermarket.

As you can see, it really is not very difficult to spare the climate while shopping. However, "heavy" and important is the contribution that each of us can make to the progress of climate change.

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