Green asparagus, spring onions and bananas: This was my first „booty“ from the supermarket container that I brought home about a year ago. Since then, every week I go to the containers and cover almost all my needs for fruit, vegetables and bread with the saved food.
How can Containering change your Lifestyle, as it happened to me? Find it out and read through my top 10!
1. Waste’s End
It was (and still is) terribly shocking for me to see the garbage cans full of vegetables, fruit and fresh pastries at the supermarket. So shocking that it was finally clear: It was time for me to start blogging. I think everyone should see how edible food is illegitimately disposed! One year ago at this time I started to think about suitable blognames. In July I wrote the opening texts and designed the structure for Waste’s End, and in August, I published my first articles! By blogging and interacting in social media like Instagram, I learn every day, gain new ideas and critically reflect on the trends and tendencies seen on the web.
2.Use more, enjoy more
I have use more since I started containering! And this extends to all levels in the area of food & drink:
- I also use non-edible components of food, e.g. I make cleaning agents from lemon and orange peel (simply put them in vinegar).
- Whenever I empty a bowl with food, I make sure I really pour everything out of the pot before I wash it off. No grain of rice remains – everything is decanted or eaten! This also makes the dishwashing easier.
- I finish my drinks! In the past, I used to leave half a glass of wine standing, simply because it did not taste great, because I’m not thirsty anymore… Today I prefer to refuse drinks or only fill one half of the glass to avoid waste.
- Why should you peel potatoes when you can eat the peel? For many vegetables you can use more than you thought. In this way, the „nose-to-tail“ trend, which focuses on the use of the entire animal, can also be applied to many vegetable and fruit varieties. This enables me to discover new dishes and often saves time in preparing them.
I recommend to use the peel, etc. only when organic fruit and vegetables! This will prevent pesticides from ending up on your plate. Read more at the next point.
3. Buy organic AND avoid waste
Organic tastes better. I notice this when I go containering. I often find well preserved organic food such as bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and dark wholemeal bread. The differences in taste between organically grown and conventional tomatoes are particularly striking! And as mentioned above, it is healthier for you to use the peel when you eat organic vegetables and fruit.
I used to buy conventional fruit and vegetables in the past and my parents usually did the same. The reason was not the price (a few cents higher): In the supermarket all the organic fruits and vegetables are packed in plastic! That’s why I buy the necessary fruit and vegetables „Zero Waste“ at the market, in an organic shop or in a bulk store. If you do not have the time to go to the farmers market, I recommend to order a box of vegetables without disposable plastic and paper: In Austria, many organic farmers offer this and deliver seasonal vegetables to you every week!
4. Thank God we have a compost heap!
There have always been two big compost heaps in one corner of our garden. Even though I use as much fruits and vegetables as I can, I still have some organic waste: I cannot eat e.g. the peel of an Ananas. And sometimes when I come home from the container I realize that the avocados are already brown inside and I have to compost them. In the evening at the container it is often dark and I prefer to take too much than that I would simply leave tasty things there.
Therefore the compost heap is great: I can throw in the unusable residues and after a certain time I can take out healthy soil for my garden. This is a living circular system!
So I can only recommend you to build your own compost heap in the garden. If you live in an apartement, compost organic waste in a „Bokashi bucket“. This saves waste transports, plastic bags and you get free nutrient-rich soil!
Those were my first 4 points, I will show you the next ones in one week! See you soon 🙂
Picture 1: Orginal has been photographed by Jason Howie, Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonahowie/8583949219/in/photolist-g5jTWF-e1HpQq-amC4jN-e5wZ3t-VMLTZk-firryD-aFy3bt-c9FLYw-auagJ4-rBoGVq-TK5oQF-qi7hrH-d41HES-7R7gx2-aucWr1-dvUxYM-7Kh7bs-nX21xv-4se7dy-6MgfTM-X7jFLC-s98dqU-edtLbX-7W2AHg-qMfqE7-qPeuX4-9gBecd-dZxNRq-9k7yPR-6cQmfH-9kaMbu-qFGDLi-9k7AF4-9kaMVf-9kaLeU-y56vX8-4KrmW2-9kaHKo-uG7sCE-9kaHPm-8az8WH-9kaL8o-bfx5Cz-cDhSG1-9kaHHs-pSeu1d-qfWL4G-7DHSAH-9kaM91-qPt3pJ)