Take action as an individual
Whether you are a resident or visitor, there are many actions you can take to help Brighton & Hove become a GOLD Sustainable Food City:
Reduce your food waste
⇒ Plan your meals & use a shopping list: Check out Love Food Hate Waste’s portion planner.
⇒ Sign up to a community composting scheme or compost at home.
⇒ Sign up to food-sharing apps like Olio and Too Good To Go.
⇒ Donate your surplus to a local community fridge.
⇒ Use up your leftovers and perfect your portion sizes: Check out Love Food Hate Waste’s recipes for leftovers.
⇒ Ask for a doggy box (or take your own container) for any leftovers when eating out.
⇒ Store your food correctly: See Love Food Hate Waste’s fridge tips.
⇒ See our tips for reducing your food waste.
Reduce single-use plastics
⇒ Use local veg box schemes and farmers markets to minimise packaging for your fruit and veg.
⇒ Use reusable bottles and containers for drinks and food: Checkout Refill Brighton & Hove to find out where you can refill your water bottle in the city.
⇒ Recycle your plastics: Use The Green Centre or Magpie Greenbox to recycle items that aren’t allowed in your local recycling collection.
⇒ Use refill stations: Refill bottles of cleaning products and toiletries and fill up your own containers for grains, pulses, nuts and more.
⇒ Buy plastic-free: See our where to buy plastic-free guide.
Eat well (for you and the planet)
⇒ Add an extra portion of veg to your meals
⇒ Reduce your meat and dairy consumption: See the Eating Better campaign for more information.
⇒ Swap sugary foods and drinks for healthier alternatives.
⇒ Cook from scratch: see the Veg Power recipes for ideas or learn to cook at our Community Kitchen.
⇒ Choose restaurants that strive to be sustainable: See a list of local ‘sustainable eats’ by Restaurants Brighton.
The choices we make about the food we buy can have a big impact on our health, the environment, animal welfare and the people who produce our food. As a city, our collective buying habits can send a strong message to retailers about how we want our food system to be.
⇒ Support higher welfare farming: See our top tips for buying meat, eggs and dairy.
⇒ Buy sustainable fish: See our tips for buying sustainable fish.
⇒ Buy local, seasonal & organic: See our list of local stockists of organic and seasonal food.
Support your community food sector
⇒ Volunteer at / donate to a community food project: Use our directory map to find local community projects.
⇒ Sign up to Casserole Club and cook an extra portion of food for a neighbour who would benefit from a hot meal and some company.
⇒ Sign up to the Food Partnership fortnightly newsletter to get the latest news about food-related activities in our city.
⇒ Invest in community energy social enterprise, BHESCO. They are planning on converting peelings into power by building a commercial Anaerobic Digester in Sussex.
Grow your own food
Home-grown food has many advantages; it is tasty, nutritious, local and can be beneficial for wildlife. Plus you get outdoors and improve your physical and mental wellbeing at the same time.
⇒ Sign-up to get your own allotment.
⇒ Go organic: join Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group and/or get a taster allotment.
⇒ Find a community growing project near you on our directory.
⇒ Check out our monthly gardening blog for handy tips to grow food at home.
Shout about what you’re doing
⇒ Use our Gold Food City Bid toolkit for individuals to show you are supporting the bid.