Category Archives : sustainable


Eat Sustainably: Pour on the Honey

“A huge amount of water is required to produce regular table sugar,” says Louisa Shafia, author of “Lucid Food.” “Honey, on the other hand, is a perfectly renewable resource that requires little more than healthy bees and healthy plants and flowers from which to pollinate. Try adapting your favorite recipe to use honey instead of […]


Eat Sustainably: Compost Your Kitchen Waste

Not just vegetable scraps and eggshells, but leftovers, coffee grounds, stale bread, tea bags, and pretty much anything else (though animal fats, scraps, and bones don’t break down easily and can attract pests). If you can’t use it all, give excess back to local farmers or to a community garden.  Stylish compost pails make collecting your […]


Eat Sustainably – Google Your Milk

Until the USDA revised the standards last year, 30 to 40 percent of the milk sold in the U.S. that was labeled organic was actually from factory farm-raised cows. Regulations are tighter now, but not all organic milks are created equal. Check your brand at sustainabletable.org — and opt for antibiotic- and rBGH-free (no artificial […]


Eat Sustainably-Go Plastic-Free

Keeping track of which plastics are safer (Nos. 2, 4, 5) and which are more likely to release toxic phthalates, styrene, or BPA when heated or warm (Nos. 3, 6, 7) can be confusing. (We have yet to come up with an easy-to-remember shorthand.) So make it a policy to use as little as possible […]


Eat Sustainability – Drink Better Coffee 2

Your watchwords are “fair-trade certified” and “sustainable.” Also look for “bird-friendly” or the Rainforest Alliance label, which means the beans were grown responsibly. Brew it at home with a French press (2 tablespoons coarsely ground coffee per 6 ounces water) and you’ve started the day on a very green foot.