In our family, we spend far too much time talking about, making and drinking tea. We love the stuff, and coffee is also up there as a favourite beverage. We have, it would seem, worn out our relatively new kettle, as a result of our addiction. For my husbands birthday we bought him a tea handbook, which provides everything you need to know about growing, processing, making and tasting tea. So now I know a bit more about tea it was time to find out the effect that tea and coffee has on the environment and local communities.
Posts Tagged ‘food’
The 2012 London Olympic Games made claims that it would be ‘the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic Flame.’ So with a day to go before the opening ceremony, I thought I’d find out a bit more about what that means and whether these aspirations have been achieved.
After sweating it out creating a full roast in a steamy kitchen last Christmas, this year it is going to be the simple Aussie seafood BBQ. In Australia the country of origin of the seafood must be displayed but this doesn’t provide much insight into how sustainable the seafood is. What is more confusing is that fish from over exploited and depleted fishstocks regularly grace the shelves of fishmongers. So what should be on and off the Australian BBQ list this Christmas?
Halloween as a kid was very exciting. Dressing up in scary costumes, staying up late, making lanterns, and gorging on the haul of treats collected. Living in a neighbourhood full of kids its obligatory to get involved again. The shops are full of cheap plastic masks, costumes and accessories at this time of year. But there are great ways of creating a truly green halloween (and also staying on track with the Salvos ‘Buy Nothing New Month’).
It’s not easy to tell if the tuna you are eating comes from overfished stocks or is caught using destructive fishing techniques. As tuna stocks begin to collapse, selecting sustainably fished tuna is vital. GreenPeace has prepared a ‘canned tuna guide’ to show us what to look for before heading to the checkout.
Coffee addiction is becoming more widespread. Key signs of addiction include problems functioning without your morning coffee, being late due to detouring to visit a favourite coffee shop, a bin full of empty coffee cups. The KeepCup might help you feel better about your addiction. This refillable, sustainable, waste avoiding KeepCup, is the first barista standard reusable coffee cup. It is raved about by those we know that have them. Here’s why.
What do you do when weaning a baby? Not only have you got to find out what exactly a tiny baby is supposed to eat, but also to decide how and which way to feed them. Supermarkets have shelves of baby food and now more choices are available in the freezer section. But where does the environment fit in? I’ve been trying to find out the comparative environmental impacts of commercial versus home made baby food and getting to grips with what to do to provide eco-friendly baby eats.