Sourcing your vegetables
A colourful array of roasted roots, spouts and rich red cabbage are essential in any festive food spread. Since most of the classic Christmas veggies will be in season at this time of year, you can be selective as to where you source them - where possible, pick local produce. Head down to your nearest farmer’s market or greengrocers with plenty of reusable bags to stock up, without any need for plastic packaging. If in doubt, the Christmas boxes from Riverford organic farmers are a great way to get everything you need – sweet parsnips and full flavoured carrots included. They can be delivered straight to your doorstep for the big day, and use 77% less plastic than the equivalent organic shop in a supermarket.
Selecting your centrepiece
In times of climate crisis, the traditional Christmas dinner menu has expanded further than just turkey. For those preparing a hearty nut roast, going down to your local zero waste store means that that you can pick up all the dried nuts, seeds and pulses you need, without reaching for the plastic bags. If you’ll be serving up vegetarian meat substitutes, head to the frozen aisle and look for cardboard boxes – they are much less likely to contain the inner plastic tray than their fresh counterparts. If meat is on the menu, sourcing from a local turkey farm or butchers helps to pare back the plastic packaging. Look out for free-range and organic options, and don’t forget to bring a spare container for any extras you want.