Food waste is a serious global issue. Every year, nearly one-third of all the food that is produced for humans is wasted. Below are three simple and easy to follow tips that can get you started on doing your bit for the planet and cutting down the amount of food you waste at home. You can try all three at the same or start with one and begin changing your food waste habits gradually.
1. Plan your meals
You can significantly decrease your food waste by making a weekly plan for your meals and using that to make a grocery list. When you go to the supermarket with a list, you avoid impulse purchases and wasting money on food you don’t need. When you purchase something that catches your eye, or just because it’s on promotion, and with no plan for what you’ll do with it, that item can end up sitting in your cupboard or hidden in your fridge for weeks and end up turning bad.
2. Keep your leftovers
Save and make sure you eat your leftovers. It’s easy to forget about leftovers: we put them in the fridge and they sit there until they go bad. To remind yourself that they exist, put leftovers on your weekly meal plan. If you plan to eat lasagne on a Tuesday, but you still have leftovers on Monday, replace the lasagne on your meal plan with the leftovers. It’s also a good idea to put labels on your leftovers with the date you made it, so you know exactly what you have and how old it is.
3. Make an inventory of your cupboards
Reduce your food waste by keeping track of the food you have at home before you go shopping. We’ve all been to the store and bought something, only to get home and realise we already had the same item in the cupboard. This is why making an inventory and keeping track of what you have is important to reduce food waste. When you have an up to date inventory of what you have, you know exactly what you need to add to your grocery list before you go shopping.