Food waste is more of an issue that most of us know. I recently talked to a friend about wasting food and he shot some facts at me, I was shocked to learn how much we throw away. I am guilty of wasting food more than necessary and I feel it’s time to make an effort.
- 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year
- This is the equivalent to 1 trillion $ Dollar of wasted or lost food
- Food waste alone in Europe could feed 200 million hungry people
- Food waste generates 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases, which accelerates the global climate change
This is just a small glimpse into this huge problem. Can you imagine that 46% of fruits and veggies never make it to the plate because of law and regulations?!
Only shop what you need....
So where to start? Trying to get away from wasting food is not very convenient and it does take a little getting used to. But you can make a difference for your wallet and our planet. Here are some tips.
- Start at your kitchen. Before going to shop go through your fridge and cupboard and write a smart shopping list. If you plan your week with recipes you can create a fool proof list for shopping groceries keeping in mind your left overs with the goal to use everything by weeks end. You will feel great with getting organized, eating fresh and yummy food and not ending up throwing stuff into the bin.
- Shop often and small: Fresh veggies and fruits are not meant to last longer than a week. It’s fresh and it’s alive!
- Freeze food. Many food items can be frozen like bread, desserts or veggies. Make some extra of what you are cooking and freeze it for another time. Soups, sauces, pies, meat they all freeze well. If you don’t plan to eat it in the next few days freeze it!
- If you think your food is past it’s time it still might be good for smoothies, soups and sauces.
- Choose loose veggies and fruits instead of pre-packed food. You can control the amounts better and ensure it’s freshness.
- Separate your ripe fruits from the very ripe.
- Eat your leftovers and take the leftovers in restaurants back home with you.
- Switch to smaller dishes to control your portions.
- Buy imperfect fruits and vegetables.
- If no choice but bin at least compost.
- The goal: Adapt! Adapt recipes to your needs. Learn to adjust your meal and use what’s in your fridge. Base your meals around products that needs to be eaten the soonest.
Be grateful! Everyone has to eat! Most of us are lucky enough to have choices and to be able to feed ourselves with what we enjoy. Appreciate your food! It is harder to waste your food if you love it.
What do you do to reduce your waste?