Remember when millions of people around the world filled the streets for the Global Climate March? 2019 more than any previous year put the climate change crisis in the spotlight.
More than ever, people are looking to live responsibly and reduce their impact on the planet. With that in mind we reached out to Rocky staff to see what their favourite sustainability tips are, and what they want to improve on in the new year.
*Also, please look out for more refillable options from us in 2020. We're working hard to reduce our impact on the planet.
"Taking the bus to work - love the 10min walk to the bus stop. It’s great transition time. The bus is like having a chauffeur! I get to check my emails or have some thinking time.
Family is going Vegan - we are going Vegan at the start of the new year. We want to try something different and each of us is learning more about the health benefits and environmental benefits.
Plastic wrap + ziplock bags - we no longer purchase these and instead are using beeswax wraps and reuse-able silicone bags for lunch items.
Re-useable cups and utensils - Cam has a spork for each member of the family in his car so that when we are on family road trips and stop for food along the way we can use our own cutlery and drink cup."
- Karina, our CEO
“My commitment for this season is to use the slow cooker at least three times a week. Slow cookers typically use half the energy/electricity needed to cook dinner in the oven—they are also the perfect way to use up vegetables that might be going bad in the fridge (less food waste), cook tougher or less desirable cuts of meat (using the whole animal) and cook dried pulses/grains (fewer canned beans = less packaging overall … slow cooked beans and grains are also easier to digest).”
“I did a year of only buying used clothing – nothing new!”
“I am going to try to ride my bike more in the spring/ summer to cut down on my driving.”
“This has minimal impact because we don’t go out for food often, but bringing a reusable container to the restaurant to take anything you can’t finish. You get a weird look sometimes, but worth it!”
“Ooooo!! So many things!
Those are just a few!”
“I’m now using the reusable mesh produce bags which are awesome! As well as grocery bags, but hopefully everyone is doing that already.”
“We are currently doing a zero waste initiative in our store and educating our team on how to recycle and what gets recycled where. In our last meeting, we agreed to also properly clean and prep items to be recycled ie. rinsing, removing labels. We have taken an oath as a team to collectively repurpose all the sugar scrub jars in the new year.
Also, my friends and I host a weekly dinner on Sunday's called "Game Day", named after the documentary “Gamechangers.” We get together to cook a vegan meal as a community, to help learn more about plant based cooking in a social setting.”
“I try to leave a reusable cup in my car so that when I get a takeaway coffee I always have it :) (well, most of the time haha)! & the beeswax paper - so handy! even some grocery stores sell them now.”
“I invested in a LOT of mason jars has made a big change in my day to day life.
I spend Sunday evenings meal prepping. I portion out lunches and breakfasts for the week in mason jars so we can grab and go in the morning and freeze the rest for leftovers. This way it's easy to bring lunch to work, and if I'm too lazy to cook during the week I have some frozen options for a quick dinner.
I bring an empty mason jar with me in case I want to buy a coffee - I just get them to use a mason jar.
I fill the mason jars with water and fruit for tasty beverages throughout the day.
I use them for bulk shopping, I use them for plants, I use them for everything!!
This was my first step away from plastic and just overall being more conscious, especially about packaging.”
- CarinaWhat are your eco-resolutions for 2020? Let us know!
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