Hello! Welcome to the Sustainable Sauceresses!
The Sustainable Sauceresses is a blog dedicated to supporting a sustainable, zero-ish waste, and healthy lifestyle in the home. Our mission?
1. To create easy, healthy, and delicious recipes, both plant-based and animal-based, that use sustainable ingredients with minimal packaging. That means these recipes will avoid ingredients that are particularly destructive to the environment.
2. To make a hub of basic DIY recipes and tutorials that can help you to swap out your personal care and cleaning products with natural, non-toxic, homemade ones that are healthier for you, your family, and the environment.
3. To get information out there. At the Sustainable Sauceresses, we know that sometimes there just isn’t enough time do everything. It’s impossible for one person to make every meal, skincare product, cleaning supply, and household item that you need, as well as keep informed on the products, companies, and foods to buy – and what to avoid. So we will do the legwork to seek out sustainable ingredients and ethical sources that you can purchase so you don’t always have to make them.
4. And lastly, to encourage you to become the Dungeon Master of your party. As a mother, father, or sibling, you have an incredible degree of influence on your families. We can encourage good, healthy, zero waste habits into our parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, and children so that they (and you) may enjoy a healthier life. Perhaps together we can create the first generation in the “Consumer Age” to live in harmony with nature instead of being the last to know its beauty as it is. Your inner druid is there and we aim to help you find it.
Anyone can do any aspect of a sustainable lifestyle on any budget. And it is much easier to do than most people realize. As consumers, we have a ton of power to change this world through our actions and the vote of our dollar. So let’s use it!
Demeter & Gaia: Food & The Environment
Climate change is becoming a larger focus everyday now. And while factors that contribute to carbon emissions in the energy and transportation sector seem to be getting the most press, food and agriculture play an important role as well.
According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), our entire food production system, which includes our agricultural techniques, transportation, and packaging, account for over 37% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Currently agriculture -which includes consumption of food, feed, fiber, timber, and energy – accounts for 70% of global fresh water use and one quarter to one third of global land use.
Changing our food system can greatly contribute to reducing the negative impacts of climate change on ecosystems and societies. Switching our agricultural system to regenerative soil management would reduce water use, increase yield, and actually sequester carbon. Likewise, switching to less water- and land-intensive crops like hemp and flax would also aid in minimizing climate change.
What Are Sustainable Ingredients? Finding Your Inner Druid (at Level 5)
So by now you might be asking yourself, what EXACTLY is a sustainable ingredient?
Ideally, a sustainable ingredient is like combining a Purify Food and Water spell with the Plant Growth spell (this one is for you D&D folks out there). It minimizes the need for pesticides and herbicides, requires low water use and nutritional needs (ideally it would put nutrients back in the soil), and can be grown locally, or close enough to minimize transportation needs.
For example, hemp is a hardy plant that is resilient to most pests and is also drought resistant. It requires low amounts of water and grows quickly. Farmers use hemp as a cover crop, too. According to the Rodale Institute, “hemp, as a cover crop, enhances soil health by shading out weeds, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides, and adding diversity to crop rotations, improving soil health.” And hemp can be grown in most places making it easily accessible across the world. Hemp is the ideal sustainable crop.
But beyond plants, this also includes livestock. According to the IPCC, reducing our animal consumption by a third will help with climate change. But it isn’t necessary to become a vegan.
In fact, according to the Savory Institute, farmers that follow regenerative management practices can do more than just reduce emissions. It can restore. Holistic (i.e. regenerative) management mimics the predator/prey balance in which the world’s grasslands evolved. One third of the planet’s surface is grasslands, and 70% of those ecosystems are degrading at an alarming rate. Regenerative management can reverse desertification, restore the land by rebuilding topsoil, improve water retention after a rainfall, and sequester carbon from the air and store it in the soil.
If you buy produce, meat, and dairy from farms that use regenerative farming practices, you are actually supporting businesses that not only produce negligible emissions but in fact improve the environment. Couple that with reducing your overall animal-product consumption and you’ve got a sustainable lifestyle that you can feel good about and is making a HUGE difference. Instant druid level 5 experience acquired and, let’s face it, that’s when it gets good.
How Does DIY Fit Into This?
Coincidentally, most ingredients that you can eat, you can also put on your body. And those that are not edible are still natural and sustainable. All of The Sustainable Sauceresses’ DIY recipes will include sustainable ingredients and exclude destructive crops and materials whenever possible.
We will also center our DIY projects around upcycling old materials into new things. Or swapping out single-use items for reusable ones whenever possible.
And of course, when you don’t have the time or want to make your own, we will have recommendations on quality products that come from ethical sources.
What Is Ethical Sourcing?
When it comes to most food-base ingredients, regenerative farms also tend to be ethical sources. But not every ingredient you buy can come from a regenerative farm directly. This is where it is important to know about ethically-minded companies that are zero- or low-waste (or at least heading in that direction), fair trade, and/or supportive of environmental action through charity (we are talking B Corporations here peeps).
But this also includes local small businesses and farmer’s markets. This is great for the environment by minimizing the carbon footprint needed from shipping the item to you – and it supports local economies as well.
The Sustainable Sauceresses is dedicated to finding products and companies that follow all or at least some of these criteria. Plus, we will give you links to all information we cite. Arming you with good information is extremely important to us. Knowledge is power as any wizard would say.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Sustainable Sauceresses! We are honored to join you on your journey to sustainability.
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To Your Health and Our Future,