Hugo Rut is the founder of Lowly Food an online resource dedicated to helping people understand the carbon footprint of the food on their dinner plate and to make choosing low carbon food easy.
Hugo provides simple and tasty recipes that he’s thoroughly researched which are guaranteed to lower your carbon footprint.
Supermarkets have neglected to give environmental information about the majority of their products. At Lowly, every recipe comes with a detailed carbon footprint breakdown.
Hugo’s mission is:
to allow everyone to change the food supply for the better. I want to enable everyone to eat healthy & save the planet.
This month sees Hugo taking his vision one step further with his trial launch of “Lowly Zero Waste Recipe Boxes”. Currently, a London based delivery service of a new sustainable zero waste recipe box. The recipe boxes contain delicious low emissions recipes guaranteed to lower your carbon footprint. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and delivered using 100% reusable packaging by bicycle courier – no plastics used EVER.
In this interview Hugo talks about why he started Lowly Food and what he sees as his long term vision.
TMG: Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and what made you start Lowly Food?
Hugo: Over recent years I’ve grown steadily more aware of agriculture’s negative impact on the planet. I wanted to understand how I could eat more sustainably and reduce the footprint of my diet. After researching different foods I came to realise – how and what you eat can have a big influence in reducing your environmental impact.
I also realised trying to eat sustainably is incredibly complex. A variety of factors make up a product’s eventual environmental impact, most of which consumers have little visibility on. Some include; food type, season, country of origin, food miles, transit and storage 2-3. This means selecting what to eat is tricky and confusing.
I started Lowly to make choosing low emissions sustainable food easy. I provide simple and tasty recipes that I’ve researched which are guaranteed to lower your carbon footprint. I also include weekly menus with bulk ingredient lists and meal plans to tackled food wastage.
What does zero waste mean to you?
I take zero waste to be a holistic way to live which seeks to actively reduce ones impact on the planet.
What made you decide to set up the Zero Waste Recipe Boxes?
Creating a recipe box was the next logical step for me. I think it’s a great way to make eating sustainable easy and fun. I’ve always liked the idea of recipe boxes. Boxes can be an amazingly simple way to cut down on food waste – as you receive the exact ingredients you need. In theory it can be a very efficient and enjoyable way to cook.
The problem is that most modern recipe boxes, like hello fresh or gusto, are all excessively packaged and contain ingredients that aren’t too environmentally friendly. I wanted to flip this on its head and provide a recipe box that would have completely reusable packaging and include recipes that would be tasty and great for the planet.
Who do you see as your ideal customer for your Recipe Boxes?
I want to make my boxes accessible to everyone. I’m passionate about providing a product that everyone wants and enjoys. It’s my mission to make sustainability desirable.
Can you give us an example of the meals you would be able to cook with a typical weekly Recipe Box? Are your Boxes Vegetarian or Vegan or do they include Meat?
Sure, all the recipes provided in the boxes are individually researched to be seasonal and sustainable. This doesn’t mean you’ll get lot’s of bland stews and roast veg. instead, I try and create recipes that are interesting and tasty. Some examples of recipes from last weeks box are: “Red Cabbage And Leak Winter Risotto” & “Slow Cooked Red Wine & Root Vegetable Shepard’s Pie”. All the boxes are Vegan for the time being. That being said, I want to make Lowly as inclusive as possible. So I am researching how I could provide non vegan low-impact options in the future.
And, finally what’s your long term vision for Lowly Food?
I have grand visions for Lowly Food. I want to build a company that offers customers the easiest possible way to eat sustainably – choose Lowly. Watch this space!