If you're feeling guilty thinking about all of the food you and/or your family tosses out every week—don't worry, there are easy ways to change your habits to waste less and minimise your footprint.
Yesterday was World Food Day. This year the UN is asking us all to consider the environmental impact of the food we eat, as well as the food we waste. Avoiding food with excess packaging is a great start, but it’s not the only way to nurture the planet and ourselves.
At Seed & Sprout, we are always trying to find realistic solutions to the problem of food waste and packaging. Here are some simple ways you can cut down on food waste in your own family, starting today.
Shop smart and be realistic.
It sounds simple enough but this is one of the most important things you can do. What often happens is we buy all these groceries on the weekend, feeling hopeful and inspired, but by Wednesday or Thursday, life gets in the way and we’re ordering takeout. Oops!
When shopping, make a grocery list and avoid impulse buying or stocking up so much that you can’t use the food by the time it’s going to go bad. It sounds obvious but we all forget to do it once in a while. If you can, shop often and buy less.
We suggest taking a shelfie– a photo of your fridge and pantry shelves to remind you of what's there. We L-O-V-E shelfies! We’ll show you ours if you show us yours!
Choosing low-footprint foods.
Three easy ways to do this are to:
1. Shop local and seasonal so you reduce your food miles and hence your carbon footprint, farmers markets are ideal for this.
2. Eating organic reduces the toxic load of chemicals and pesticides on our soils.
3. And if you eat meat, eggs and dairy foods, choose sustainably and ethically farmed produce where possible.
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Say See ya to… CLUTTER! Let’s get organised.
Simply keeping a neat refrigerator or pantry can go a long way. #PantryPorn Keep things neat and visible and try to move the older products to the front so you consume them first.
Also, remember that things don't last forever in your freezer. Freezing can be a great asset in extending food's lifespan, but it will eventually dry that food out.
Storing food in the right place can do unexpected wonders! You’ll be surprised at which kinds of produce prefer to be at room temperature versus in the refrigerator.
Don’t forget to give your half-eaten fruit and veg a little TLC by using a Food Hugger.
Keep portion sizes moderate.
Some people say that the way to the heart is through the stomach! I couldn’t agree more… BUT when serving food for friends and/or family, it helps to be aware of the amount of food you prepare. We tend to go a little overboard with the preparations, more so for the people we love, and often end up with too much food. It can be a little harder for big households but it can be done.
This year, World Food Day calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat. Overeating is also a form of food waste. Being mindful of how much you eat is also a way to reduce food waste and improve your health.
Store (and actually eat) leftovers.
Whether you’ve cooked too much or got too much takeaway food, store them in sturdy plastic-free containers. Label your leftovers if you need to keep track of how long they’ve been in the fridge/freezer and be sure to incorporate them into the week’s meal plan. Our Eco Stow Set is perfect for this!
Keep track of what you throw out and compost what you can.
Take note of what you’re throwing out and how much of it. This way, you can prevent doing the same in the future.
We’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating again and again. Composting is cool! Leaving your food to rot in a way that benefits the soil and doesn't increase greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill is sooooo 2019, like reusable straws and plastic-free lunchboxes.
What are your tips for reducing food waste?