How to reduce food waste
Do you want to learn more about food waste? What can you do to reduce?
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Buy only what you need. Plan your meals, make a shopping list and stick to it, and avoid impulse buys. Not only will you waste less, you’ll also save money!
Pick ugly fruit and vegetables. Try some ugly fruit and vegetables and make use of food that might otherwise go to waste. Funny fruit or veg are often thrown away because they don’t meet cosmetic standards. But in fact, they taste the same, if not better.
Don’t let labels fool you. There’s a big difference between “best-before” and “use-by” dates. Sometimes food is still safe to eat after the “best before” date, whereas it’s the “use by” date tells you when it‘s no longer safe to eat. Check before you throw it out
Limit your plastic. Buy minimally packaged goods, bring your own bag when you shop, use refillable water bottles and coffee cups.
Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium. Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.
Store food wisely. When you stack up your cupboards or fridge, move older products to the front and new ones to the back. Once open, use air tight containers to keep it fresh in the fridge or close packets to prevent insects from spoiling them
Love your leftovers. If you’ve cooked too much, don’t throw it away! Freeze a portion for another day or transform it into something else for the next day’s meal. If you’re at a restaurant, less is more. Ask for half a portion if you think a full one might be too big and ask to take your leftovers home. Again, you’ll save food and money.
Make plant food. Some food waste is unavoidable, so why not set up a compost bin for fruit and vegetable peelings. Composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients and giving your garden a boost.