Ordering Food Online Sustainably: Tips And Tricks
More people than ever are relying on getting their food online, but is this new way of shopping harming the planet? Here are some tips for ordering food online sustainably.
The number of online food delivery users in 2020 is forecasted to be over 11 million — and that’s just for takeaways. Grocery shopping online is more popular than ever before, too. So here are some ways to make the most of online ordering, while doing so sustainably.
Look for local vegan-friendly takeaways
Veganism is considered to be the single easiest way to help the environment, so ordering vegan-friendly options the next time you have a hankering for comfort food is truly an easy way of ordering takeaway online more sustainably. Your favourite chain restaurants almost always have a vegan menu, and if you’re looking for an independent food spot, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the wonderful world of vegan junk food.
Another easy way to make ordering a takeaway more sustainable is by collecting your food. Delivery apps will tell you when your food is ready for pickup, and a short stroll will get your metabolism boosted and you ready to tuck in. You can save money from the delivery fee, while also not contributing to carbon emissions by walking — a win-win.
Buy your groceries from sustainable food brands
Simply switching the sources of our favourite products can make all the difference when forming mindful shopping habits. Plant-based staples like milk and cheese and exploring vegan meat alternatives is a great place to start, as changing our diets is an easy way of being more environmentally-friendly.
Buying your groceries from companies that have sustainability at the centre of what they do supports their initiatives and you get great eco-friendly products too. We love Good Hemp for this exact reason; hemp is one of the most sustainable plants on the earth, so hemp milk is one of the best vegan milk alternatives for the planet. Good Hemp’s factories are also zero-waste, and it uses sustainable packaging. If you love the idea of buying food from sustainable brands, the heroes at Good Hemp have put together this sustainable food delivery guide in London, which is really handy.
Buy in bulk
No, we don’t mean hoarding toilet paper — we’ve all had enough of that! But it is environmentally friendlier to do bigger grocery shops less frequently, and is a good habit for those who don’t mind planning ahead. It’s a simple way of making your shopping habits more sustainable, but it also means you can save some coins too: less online deliveries means you pay fewer delivery fees. The beauty of so many plant-based products is that they have long-life dates, so they are optimal for those who do big, infrequent grocery shops.
Lastly, order a box of allplants
Our range of tasty chef-prepared meals are ready for you to heat and eat, and they are completely plant-powered. You can get six meals delivered to your door, as well as breakfasts, sides and treats, in one order. We believe in eating well without having to compromise on sustainability, so your next ‘too lazy to cook’ day is eco-friendly and delicious.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.