Christmas is typically a time where most (ok, all) of us tend to overindulge in the food and drink department, stuffing ourselves like trussed up turkeys and passing out not long after in a somewhat painful food coma.
But given sustainability has been one of the hottest topics of 2019, it seems only fitting to consider creating a sustainable Christmas table for the upcoming festive season. We’re talking farm-fresh local produce, natural organic wines, and focusing on quality over quantity.
Sure, it’s tempting to head to the supermarket and fill your trolley to the brim with discounted meats and fish and such, but if you’re thinking sustainably then you’ll want to take a trip to the local butcher and grocer instead. Not only will you be directly supporting Australian farmers by shopping locally, but you’ll also save yourself from drowning under a mountain of plastic packaging.
So here's how to create a sustainable Christmas table.
These days it’s not hard to track down the good stuff, what with local Perth businesses like Paddock & Farm and The Naked Butcher offering up affordable Christmas specials on fancy free-range, organic, gluten-free, nitrate-free, biodynamic turkeys and hams that make the perfect hero dish for a sustainable Christmas lunch or dinner.
If seafood is more your thing, check out the latest initiative from Austral Fisheries. This Perth-based company is the world’s first and only carbon neutral seafood company, and they’ve committed to safeguarding the future of our oceans and marine life starting with a great Aussie favourite, the humble prawn. Their Karumba banana prawns are fully trackable (yes, you read that right) from ocean to plate, and are available from Seafresh stores.
Fruit And Vegetables
Remember that while you’re shopping for the star of the show, you don’t need to buy massive quantities to fill the whole table. That’s where the delicious plant-based sides can come into play.
When it comes to fruit and veg, supporting local farmers is the way to go for a sustainable table, and organic reigns supreme. Head along to one of Perth’s many farmers markets to stock up on vibrant produce to fill your plate with, remembering your reusable bags of course.
Need milk for your infamous pavlova? Cheese for your cheeseboard? Opt for additive-free, ethical and organic dairy, like that produced by WA dairy farm Bannister Downs, which is available from heaps of convenient of locations around the state.
With your food sorted it’s time to focus on a sustainable drinks selection. Specialty bottle shops like Gangemi’s Fine Wines, DeVine Cellars and Old Bridge Cellars offer a wide range of award-winning natural and organic wines from sustainable growers who work hard to protect the environment, and the friendly peeps behind the counter will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
It’s not just wine that comes in sustainable form, these days you can even find sustainable beers, such as the super-popular Rocky Ridge label. This West Australian beer comes in cans for a reason, not just to look cool. It’s a decision that was made with lower freight costs and more efficient recycling in mind. And not only is the packaging pulling its weight in the sustainability stakes, the brewers here grow their own hops, malt, barley and fruit on what used to be a dairy farm.
Living here in WA definitely has its perks when it comes to shopping sustainably, and we’re lucky enough to enjoy relatively low prices on organic produce. But if this is all sounding like a very expensive exercise, why not start with just one of the above this Christmas, and go from there.
Not sure where to start? Hit up our favourite farmers markets for some sustainability inspo.
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