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Our Organic Garden and your Carbon Footprint

March 30, 2011
Organic Gardening

Organic at Heart Garden

At Organic at Heart we are not only passionate about bringing you yummy organic food with no artificial preservatives, colourants and other harmful chemicals, but we also know that, like us, you care about the environment and sustainable living.

I guess we all love food, don’t we? It is a part of our daily lives. We eat to survive, we eat to be healthy, we eat to comfort ourselves, we eat when we socialise and we eat sometimes just because …… we love food!

But because food plays such an integral part in our everyday lives, it also has the potential to be part of our strategy to reduce our carbon footprints and thereby reduce our negative impact on the environment.

How is that?

Coffee from Brazil….. chocolate from Belgium ….. cherries from Bloemfontein ……. kiwifruit from New Zealand ……. strawberries from England ….. oranges from Israel ….baby spinach from the slopes of Mount Kilamanjaro ….. you get the picture? Food travels all over the world every day and many people do not realise that the plate of food in front of them contains ingredients from all over the globe and that means …. what you are eating can affect the environment and add to global warming.

Eating in a conscious way not only means thinking about your own health, but also about the health of your planet!

So here are some ways that YOU can make a difference!

1. Grow your own! It’s easier than you think and even a few tomato and lettuce plants and herbs in a pot will make a difference (and save you money too!)
2. Prepare food using as many seasonal ingredients as possible. If you use fruits that are out of season, for example, it invariably means they have been grown in another country and transported to your area.
3. Buy from local farmers and businesses. Put pressure on your supermarkets to identify which foods are locally sourced and which are not (this also benefits the economy in your area)
4. Patronise businesses and restaurants (like Organic at Heart!) that have a policy of local sourcing

Do you have any tips to share on how your relationship with food can contribute to a healthier planet?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenni permalink
    May 9, 2011 4:57 pm

    My husband and I just had breakfast with you this morning for our second wedding anniversary and… … … … LOVED every bite we ate!! Thank you 🙂 We will be back shortly.

    P.S. Who collects your recycling? I’m trying to get our flat complex to centrilize, but am struggling for companies to collect – any suggestions?

    • Organic at Heart Restaurant permalink*
      May 10, 2011 3:27 am

      Hi Jenni. Congratulations on your second wedding anniversary! So glad you enjoyed your breakfast at Organic at Heart.

      We also battled to get someone reliable to collect our recycling without charging a fortune and ended up taking our recycling to a depot ourselves. However, we do have some contacts to share with you. Please email Naomi, our restaurant manager at info@organicatheart.co.za and she should be able to help you. Having just returned from a trip to the USA and Canada, I think we seriously need to begin campaigning our municipalities to begin removing recycled refuse and making it easier (or mandatory) to recycle!

      Hope to see you at Organic at Heart again soon!

  2. jose permalink
    August 9, 2011 6:02 pm

    nowhere can i find your address. where are you

    • Organic at Heart Restaurant permalink*
      August 9, 2011 11:24 pm

      Hello Jose – we are at 23 Constantia Rd, Plumstead – entrance behind in Bardia Rd. Our phone number is 021 7970180. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and coffee/teas and cakes. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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