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Sustainable, local and delicious pulses…..British quinua and others from Hodmedods

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Sustainable shopping

Here I am again! I promise I’ll tell you one day why I haven’t been writing.

Today I will like to tell you about my experience with a British company that sells lentils, beans, quinua and other things, from produced locally and in a sustainable way.

Can healthy trends be sustainable?

I’ve been changing the way I eat and trying to have mainly a plant based diet, which is why I need to consume more plant protein. Beans are a an excellent choice for this and quinua has become an all time favourite superfood since is very nutritious, especially for vegetarians and vegans.

But, like always, we as human beings tend to fall for trends without thinking if they are truly good for us and we just follow whatever they sell us as a healthy choice. We should ask ourselves if it’s truly sustainable?

Orgánico, responsable, sostenible

Supporting local and responsible businesses

I found Hodmedods when I was looking to buy beans, quinua and cereal in a sustainable and responsible way. They have a huge variety of products that are organic, slow food, seasonal and like I said locally produced.

Hodmedods orgánico y slow food

Doing my part as a conscious consumer

Since I have been working on reducing my waste I decided to write them an email, I ask them if they could send me the products in paper bags and I bought a lot of products in one go, so they would last me at least for 6 months.

Hodmedods purchased

When the order arrived I got a little disappointed, I found loads of little styrofoam balls and when I saw my food I thought to myself “They didn’t read my email! Everything is wrapped in plastic!” Everything but the fava flour, which was at the bottom in a brown bag.

The key for sustainability is communication

But, I was in for a surprise, I found a little postcard at the bottom of the box with a handwritten message for me. It said that the beans were wrapped in cellophane which is a compostable material. I was pleased, though there is always room for improvement, like with the styrofoam balls.

Sostenibilidad es comunicación

Here is the transcript for the postcard

Sustainability is about a circular story

Good intentions will only get you so far, in this path to a more sustainable lifestyle of course I want it all. It would be ideal if I could buy all these products in bulk, locally, organic and sustainable produced. For now, I will have to save my cellophane bags and make sure to dispose them correctly so I can close the loop.

Little steps in the right direction are better that no steps at all

I want to invite you to investigate about the products that they produce in your country, region or locally. Look into the ethos of these companies and don’t be afraid to ask for more.

As consumers is our duty to suggest, request and sometimes to demand changes, because if we all decide to stop buying to those companies they would be force to chance their policies in order to have a business.

Hodmedods sustainable and delicious

As for the quality of the product, I couldn’t be happier, all the products are full of flavour and have an excellent texture. I have tried vegan burgers, Mexican tacos, humus and even curry, that I recently learned to make. Everything is delicious, I will share some recipes that I have been trying, one of my favourite products are the red haricot beans, which are very similar in flavour to the black beans we use in my country. Also, the British quinua is divine!

Sustainability is not restrictive, it can be a fusion between good ideas and local ingredients

With this post I would like to make a wake up call, with a globalise world we can make a decision to do a fusion between recipes from our countries and local products.

Let’s make a bet for awareness and not perfection

It is not an easy task, there are things that I haven’t change that are not sustainable. Eating a banana in London that comes from Southamerica is a luxury, not for the price, but for what it cost to the planet. But little by little, everything takes time, we can incorporate little changes. Tell me, what does nature gives you in the area where you live?

“The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them” – Paul Hawken

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  • Reply
    22nd April 2017 at 5:05 pm

    ¡Qué bonita experiencia Romina! lo que nos cuesta hacer una simple pregunta y todo lo que nos podemos perder por ello. Yo siempre estoy escribiendo e-mails también por el tema del plástico, aunque nunca lo he hecho a una compañía de alimentación. Y también me pasó como a ti con una compañía de jabones que le pedí sin plástico y me llenó la caja de poliespan awwww casi muero jajaja
    La verdad es que cuando nos dicen que existe un producto milagro, todos nos tiramos a comprarlos sin tener en cuenta la huella de carbono.
    Muchas gracias mee ha encantado y echaba de menos tus post

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      27th April 2017 at 9:52 am

      Gracias Yure, como siempre tus mensajes me animan a seguir compartiendo mis experiencias! Un abrazo!

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    Yen-Van Tran
    2nd May 2017 at 3:56 pm

    This is an interesting article. I’m glad you reached out to the company and spoke with them. Although you received your package with little Styrofoam balls and wrapped in plastic, your communication is key. You might be one of the few who were making that specific request and that might help the company start trying to implement more a more sustainable packaging system. The note at the bottom of the package also means that they really did take your request seriously.

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      3rd May 2017 at 9:01 am

      Little by little we can incorporate lines of communication with our suppliers, technology is awesome for many things, we can decide to isolate ourselves or to start the conversation! Thank you for reading me!

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    2nd May 2017 at 9:36 pm

    You may find the “styrofoam” is actually a vegetable starch – it often seems to be. Try moistening it to see if it dissolves – if it does you can compost or just dissolve in water if you have no reuse for it.

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      3rd May 2017 at 8:58 am

      Oh wow! I never thought about investigating this! Thank you so much for the tip! I’ll keep this in mind for the future! There is so much to learn 🙂 Thanks for reading me!

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    Jenica Barrett
    3rd May 2017 at 3:13 am

    ¡Gracias por compartir esta experiencia! Me da esperanza que podemos efectuar cambios en como distribuyen los productos. La próxima vez que quiero comprar algo que viene en plástico, voy a preguntar a ver si la empresa tiene otra opción de empaque. Vale la pena, ¿no? Vivo en Washington, EEUU y compro la mayoría de mis frutas, verduras, huevos y leche localmente. Todavía no he investigado de donde viene los granos que compro. ¡Lo voy a hacer!

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      3rd May 2017 at 8:57 am

      Yo igual que tu! También compro mis vegetales y frutas en los farmers market, es interesante saber que hay muchas mas cosas de las que creemos que se producen localmente! Gracias por leerme!

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      Katy SkipTheBag
      3rd May 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Bob’s Red Mill produces a lot of grains and they are based out of Milwaukee, Oregon.

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    Katy SkipTheBag
    3rd May 2017 at 12:30 pm

    That was so nice of that company to give you a handwritten note back! By asking the question you are making sure that they continue to make sustainable choices and not make changes just because they think the consumer won’t care.

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      9th May 2017 at 9:23 am

      Right! The handwritten note was the best part of the whole experience, it’s all about connecting 🙂

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