When incorporating sustainability into everyday life, one of the most important things to consider is food. What we put on our plates is one of the most significant factors defining the sustainability of our everyday choices.
At the Nolla cabin, food, just like energy, is a contributor to its emissions and thus has a key role in making the cabin more sustainable. The cabin features a stove that runs on Neste My Renewable Diesel, but has no refrigerator, as they are known to be one of the most energy-consuming appliances. To store groceries, bringing along a travel cooler or utilizing cold seawater are sustainable options.
1. Choose vegetables and fruit - during their seasonal peaks
The most reliable way to more sustainable eating is to favor a plant-based diet. A good tip before heading to the grocery store, is to study the seasonal calendar of fruit and vegetables. During their peak season, imported vegetables may be even tastier and more environmentally friendly than their Finnish alternatives.
2. Eat local
When pursuing a sustainable diet, preferring local ingredients is important, because their production chain does not generate as much emissions. The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) defines local food as hyper-locally produced domestic food with a traceable origin, producer and manufacturer.
Trendy long-distance travellers, such as avocados, can be replaced with local berries and vegetables, exotic quinoa can be substituted with oats. that are sold on local marketplaces. When visiting the Nolla cabin, locally sourced ingredients can be bought from Helsinki Market Square, which is where the ferry for Vallisaari departs.
3. Set the table with offerings from the Nordic nature
The pure Nordic nature is filled with nourishing food. In Finland, everyman’s rights allow anyone to pick berries and mushrooms from forests well into fall. Vallisaari is a protected natural habitat, but picking food for personal consumption is allowed.
4. Grow it yourself!
5. Pay attention to packaging
Responsible eating in a nutshell:
- Favor a plant-based diet
- Study the seasonal peaks of fruit and vegetables
- Eat local
- Grow and harvest food yourself
- Bring your own non-disposable bags and dishes along when buying food