Food and Garden
This is the time of year for seafood, turkey, mince pies, casseroles, salads, roasts, trifle, chocolates, puddings and summer fruits. We consume more over the festive period than at any other time, but we need to be conscious of our carbon footprint and of the fact that our food choices have a significant impact on the environment. This is due to the fertilizers, water, transport, storage, packaging and processing involved in food production, and our food scrap disposal.
When organic matter breaks down in landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the warming capacity of carbon dioxide. This means that we need to be mindful of the organic waste from our kitchens and gardens over the festive season. By using organic recycling methods such as compost heaps or worm farms we can avoid the negative greenhouse effects of landfilling.
Although we consume more over this period, we don't need to waste more. See our Food and Drinks pages for ways to minimise and recycle food waste and for ideas to reduce the impact of our food and drink consumption.
Many Australians love to be out in the garden over summer. Keeping the environment in mind, we can take simple steps to minimise water use and recycle garden waste.
There are many simple ways to reduce the environmental impact of our holiday food and drinks, whether it's a quiet meal or a feast with family and friends.
Being waste-wise and water-wise in the garden will help you maintain a beautiful garden that is beneficial for you and your family as well as the environment.