Individuals

INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS

Change can be led by anyone. Take a look through the ideas below or come up with your own to transform the way you buy, cook or dispose of food, to improve your health and have a positive impact on the planet. 

By taking action, take action to become FoodWise and help us to create a healthy, sustainable and fair food system for Leeds.

Individual Actions

Why not take action by…?

  • Planning ahead to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Checking the use-by dates before you buy fresh food to make sure you can use it in time.
  • Popping leftovers in the fridge and enjoying them for lunch the next day.
  • Composting fruit and vegetable waste.
  • Buying ‘wonky’ veg from the supermarket to save it going to waste.
  • Preserving or freezing food you can’t eat in time.
  • Or come up with an idea of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
  • Including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  • Making vegetables the centre of your meal.
  • Aiming for at least one ‘meat free’ day each week.
  • Eating meat and fish that is MSC-certified, free-range, outdoor reared or grass-fed.
  • Buying organic food where possible.
  • Cutting down on sugar and salt when cooking.
  • Making time for meals with friends and family.
  • Or come up with a pledge of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Growing salad leaves or herbs on a windowsill.
  • Training tomatoes on your balcony and enjoying them fresh off the plant.
  • Signing up for an allotment or joining a community gardening group.
  • Learning basic gardening skills.
  • Taking a cooking class and trying new recipes.
  • Using homegrown produce to experiment with new meals.
  • Or come up with a suggestion of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Making a nutritious meal for a friend.
  • Hosting a healthy bake-off or a nutritious potluck picnic at work.
  • Asking your friends, family or employer to take action and become Foodwise.
  • Recommending independent grocers or promoting them on social media.
  • Posting pictures of your healthy meals or homegrown veg online.
  • Starting a community garden or orchard.
  • Or come up with an action of your own!

Why not take action by…?

  • Visiting independent shops and businesses.
  • Ordering a locally grown veg box.
  • Buying Fairtrade or organic products if you can.
  • Eating with the seasons.
  • Choosing veg that’s grown in the UK and has a lower carbon footprint.
  • Foraging wild food 
  • Or come up with your own idea!