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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?
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.
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.
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.
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