If you're looking to be more environmentally conscious but also can't give up cheese, you might be in the market from some info on the best environmentally-friendly cheeses out there. Not to be cheesy, but if you're looking for ways to make your grocery habits a bit more responsible, these cheese brands are a grate place to start. (Sorry, I'm not sorry.)
If you're a cheese enthusiast, it's a non-negotiable as far as your grocery list goes. Most of your favorite meals likely have cheese in them, and if you're being really honest, cutting back on cheese isn't an option for you. So instead, you can choose a cheese supplier that has responsible packaging and production. That way, you're still getting your cheese fix, but the planet isn't paying for it.
To get the 411 on green cheesing, Bustle spoke with Christine Clark, a writer, educator, and Certified Cheese Professional who regularly teaches cheese classes across NYC, including at Bedford Cheese Shop. Clark is nacho average cheese whiz — though she is immensely knowledgable in the field, she's also just a straight up cheese fan like the rest of us. So not only does she want to help find ways to be greener cheese consumers, but she also understands what we're realistically willing to sacrifice, which is nothing when it comes to flavor.
Though Clark has curated some selections for Bustle, she suggests that we buy our cheese from knowledgeable cheesemongers so that we can literally just ask them what's the best option. "Sure, some cheesemakers put it on the label," Clark tells Bustle, "but you can't always count on sustainable cheese being labeled as such." So, talking to an expert will likely open up your selection. "You may spend a couple extra dollars at a shop with friendly, well-trained staff, but you'll walk out with better cheese and you'll know your dollars are going to supporting the people making cheese deliciously and responsibly," Clark says. As for commonly found sustainable cheeses, these are a few brands Clark suggests we seek out: