Sustainable Food

Food production is one of the greatest contributors to climate change, yet we still waste so much of it, package it excessively, consume enormous amounts of recourses through our high carbon food choices and waste energy and recourses by the way we cook and dispose of waste.
 
The Sustainable food strand of the Abergreen project aims to promote sustainable food choices, reduce food waste, teach some energy saving cooking techniques and promote the consumption of local produce.
 
We promote the consumption of seasonal, organic and locally grown vegetables through our project in the Secret Garden where you can gain the skills neccessary to grow your own food. We also aim to expand the capacity and offering of our VegBag scheme with this project too!
 

CALL TO COME GET INVOLVED

Learn - Grow - Have Fun!

Low carbon MasterChef

Do you have what it takes to be a MasterChef and save the planet while at it?  We are looking for two volunteers to manage and increase the social media presence of Abergreen cooking classes by writing posts, taking photos and being filmed for short informational clips with cooking tips. This role is elegible for the universities’ Star Award with silver recognitation.

 
If you are interested or have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch:
Joseph Huttich
abergreen@abdn.ac.uk
01224 274297
 
Advice
We can make large reductions to our carbon footprint through considering our food choices and habits:
 
  • Reduce waste - planning ahead before shopping and writing a list will reduce impulsive buying and buying more than needed, as well as saving money. Fresh/ perishable items are best bought in smaller quantities regularly and when needed.
  • Save up leftovers for an easy snack at a different time (make use of the freezer and microwave!).
  • Recycle waste and peelings using the city’s food waste bins. (You can get compostable bags for free from any City Library and the City Council!)
  • Choose locally grown and in season produce.
  • Eat more fruit and veggies - besides the health benefits, and lower costs, you can make a massive reduction to your carbon footprint by eating less meat, dairy and eggs.
  • Go organic - although generally more expensive, organically grown produce is friendlier to the environment and better for your body! Check out the Corner and the Vegbag Scheme for organic food sold at a non-profit price.
  • Be a conscientious consumer - Avoid over packed items and opt for loose fruit and vegetables when possible, recycle what you can.