Reducing Your Food Waste - World Environment Day 2013
|Plan your meals with a cute planner to reduce food wastage|
Today is World Environment Day, and this year's theme is "Think. Eat. Save". As consumers we waste approximately 20% of the food we purchase - and the impact is much bigger than just a smelly bin!
- environmental: The food we put in the bin contributes to global warming, as the breakdown of foods produces harmful methane gas. Add to that the vital resources wasted, such a water, and the inherent energy & fuel used to produce & deliver the food that is ultimately discarded.
- social: 'Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.' - http://www.thinkeatsave.org/index.php/fast-facts-related-resources .
- financial: Food wastage wastes the money in the economy, and in your back pocket! Imagine saving 20% of your grocery budget a year, and all the good things you could do with it!
1) Good Planning - Write down a meal plan for the week, and shop only for what you need.
2) Freeze Your Leftovers - Make Friday night 'Take-In' night! Or take leftovers to work as easy ready made lunches.
3) Survey Your Supplies - Check out what is hiding at the back of the fridge or cupboard, and design a menu around them. Keep your eye on use-by dates, and use early expiry dated products first.
4) Store It Right - Keep the fridge at the correct temperature & keep foods in air tight containers to reduce spoilage.
5) Creative Cooking - Left over roast veggies? Make a pizza with them. What to do with a can of coconut milk and a capsicum? Google your ingredients to find a great recipie, or be adventurous and create your own unique recipes.
6) Grow your own food - Pick only what you need right now. Simple!
Here are some of the scary statistics, courtesy of Foodwise.com.au....
|Do Something About Food Waste infographic by lunchalot|
Simple ideas to do your part, small changes for a big impact.
For more information, check out http://www.unep.org/wed/, http://foodwise.com.au/food-waste/household-food-waste/ & http://www.thinkeatsave.org
Happy World Environment Day!!