Did you know that nearly a third of all food produced in the world is thrown out or otherwise wasted? That’s about 1.3 billion tonnes every year!
The Australian Government estimates this costs the Aussie economy about $20 billion each year, with the equivalent of 9,000 Olympic size swimming pools being filled each and every year.
So with 35% of the average household bin filled with food waste, what can you do to cut down in your home?
The very best place to start cutting down on your food waste is at the supermarket! Most of us tend to buy more than we need and the extra ends up in the garbage. So while it may seem economical to buy in bulk or buy more and shop less, this usually ends up leading to more food waste.
It’s better to make more frequent stops at the shops, using up the food you bought last time before restocking. If you really can’t stand the thought of going to the supermarket more often, plan your meals out carefully and only buy what you need!
While a plate chockers with delicious food may spell L.O.V.E. in your home, it’s actually causing more harm than good. Only serve up an adequate portion, and remember your family member or friend can always return for seconds! If you do find that you’re regularly scraping leftovers into the bin after a meal, maybe it’s time to invest in some sort of composting system – or buy some chickens, they love leftovers!
Think before you store
Correctly storing your food can considerably lengthen shelf lives and quality. Airtight containers, freezing suitable items and storing food in the correct part of the fridge (or pantry!) will all help to keep food fresh and less of it ending up in the bin.
Give up on perfection
Perfect fruits and vegetables are unnatural! So the next time you’re at the fruit and veggie shop ask if they have not-so-picture-perfect produce available! “Ugly” fruits and vegetables may not look perfect, but they’ll taste just the same. Best of all, by purchasing flawed produce, you’ll avoid them ending up in the trash. Sometimes “ugly” produce will also come at a discount – bonus!
Educate yourself on expiration dates
‘Best-before’ is not the same as ‘use-by’. A best-before date is letting you know when food is at its highest quality; however, you can safely consume food past this point. On the other hand, a use-by date is letting you know when you can safely eat the food by. After this date, the food could be unsafe to eat and needs to be discarded. If you have multiple items of the same food, make sure you’re eating the one with the nearest use-by date first.
Clear the clutter
The easiest way to forget about food items is losing them in a packed fridge or pantry. When food is out of sight, it is out of mind! Keep your storage neat, visible and avoid having too much. This will make it much easier for you to assess what new things you need to purchase and also what needs to be eaten the soonest.
Get creative with your extras
There are plenty of ways you can use fruit and veg that is getting close to “throw it out” stage. Here are some ideas:
– Throw it in a smoothie for a quick breakfast
– Put it in a pot, season and cover with water. Simmer till you’ve created your own homemade veggie stock (you can also add meat bones!)
– Use those brown, spotty bananas to whip up a healthy banana loaf (or try it with grated carrots!)
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