My biggest pet peeve? Folks who complain about being broke but who also buy lunch every day…C’mon people! Buying groceries and then preparing meals at home is definitely the way to go.
In addition to being cheaper (and healthier), making food at home produces less waste than restaurants do when cooking for the public. Its that easy! Make the environmentally conscious decision to cook at home as much as possible.
Think about it:
- Food waste – this is a big one! It is easier to predict the amount of food needed to feed your household than it is to predict customer demand in a restaurant. Food waste is a huge problem at restaurants due to miscalculating demand, large unfinished portions, etc. If you miscalculate the food needed at home, you can put the leftovers in the fridge, stored in a reusable tupperware for lunch the next day!
- Food production/storage waste – when you cook at home you have control of how much disposable food storage you use. When you eat out, you have no idea how much plastic wrap, styrofoam containers, and other disposable packaging they use and throw away.
- Disposable napkins, plates, utensils – this is more applicable to fast food or take out, but think about how often you bring leftovers home from a restaurant in a disposable container!
- Restaurant energy consumption to refrigerate, air condition, heat, light up the establishment is significantly higher than your home energy consumption – do not take this lightly! Energy consumption is actually a huge deal when it comes to storing, preparing, and cooking food!
Note: Alex and I go out to a meal once or twice a week. We recognize that eating out is a social activity and can be exactly what you want after a long week at work! Treat yourself – because that’s important too. But, let’s be honest – eating out for a meal everyday is bad for your wallet, your health, and the planet.
So Environmentalism on a Budget Lesson #1? Cook at home – save money, save the world.