Yesterday a friend came over to have lunch. I knew what I wanted to make (a yummy butternut squash, red lentil and coconut soup) and went out to buy the ingredients. I bought package-free curry powder and red lentils (and hand soap, which our flat needed) but the remaining ingredients all had packaging:
- coconut milk came in a can
- butternut squash has a sticker on it
- veg bouillon comes in a cardboard box and individually wrapped in foil
- I also bought butter because hello, it’s baking time. Winter has come and Seasonal Affective Disorder is a thing.
So I guess this picture and moment of reflection begs to ask:
- how do I get these items package-free?
- if I can’t get them package-free, how do I cook without these items?
- what about all my family recipes which require these ingredients and make me feel happy and fuzzy inside? Should I instead have chosen a recipe that didn’t use these ingredients? Should I tailor my diet to the zero waste cause?
And lo and behold, that is the most important question to ask oneself, and the beginning of a personal relationship to food and vegetarianism, veganism and zero waste lifestyle.
But that is for another post.