5 (Easy) Steps to Make Your Life More Sustainable

Child eating apple (Credit: Pavla Zakova)

To work towards a more sustainable world, some policies and practices may need to be reconsidered and re-evaluated. But it is also important to note that each and every one of us can contribute to this common goal – every day.

Here are 5 (easy) steps to make your life more sustainable:

Eat what’s in season

Buy your produce when it is in season in your country: Strawberries in late spring, tomatoes in late summer and squashes in the fall.

Eat local

Some fruits and vegetables, especially when bought out of season, have endured a long journey across oceans or countries. By buying produce that has been grown in your country you support the environment, your local farmers and local employment.

Are you an artist and want to make a contribution to a more sustainable world? Join the Beethoven Pastoral Project!

Save on packaging

Try to bring your own bags to the grocery store, if possible buy bulk food and fruits and vegetables that are not pre-packaged. This way you can save a lot of packaging waste.

Don’t waste food

Make a grocery list and buy only the quantities you really need, check the best before date ahead of time and use what will expire first. Store your groceries correctly in the freezer, fridge or pantry. Are you eating out but you are not very hungry? Order smaller portions or ask for a doggy bag. Left-overs at home? Keep it cool and have it the next day or get creative and come up with a different dish.  

Leave the car at home

Whenever possible, use a different way of transportation: walk, bike or take the bus or train.

Are you inspired by these 5 (easy) steps to make your life more sustainable? You can find extensive reading and teaching material in German in the BLE’s media shop in the section „sustainable consumption“.

BLE celebrates Beethoven

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the BLE is proud to host the Beethoven Pastoral Day including a premiere on June 5 – United Nations World Environment Day – at the BLE Casino in Bonn.

Bonn, an anniversary and sustainability – Ludwig van Beethoven and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) have more in common than one would think at first:

Bonn is the place of birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and the seat of the BLE. The Federal Office employs more than 800 staff in Bonn and about 1,400 people in total with staff throughout Germany and at sea. The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the BLE and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. The BLE focuses its tasks to provide sustainability for mankind and nature for instance by strengthening modern agriculture that on one hand secures the livelihood of farmers and provides food safety and security for consumers but also meets and mitigates today‘s environmental challenges.

Beethoven also had an interest in a balanced co-existence of humankind and the environment: „For him, it was a place of relaxation, solitude, and inspiration. His Sixth Symphony, the ‘Pastoral’, musically depicts the harmonious unity between mankind and nature.“

This article has been provided by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. Find about more on their website.

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