How To Reduce Your Food Waste

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There?s no denying it we're a wasteful society. Alarmingly, around a third of food made for humans is wasted worldwide. But there are plenty of easy things you can do to reduce waste and preserve resources.

Here are some popular ways to reduce food waste at home:

Be a smart shopper

Always shop with a meal plan and list, to avoid buying anything that will later be thrown out. Also, try to buy from ethical manufacturers and food producers to minimize environmental and community impact.

Before shopping, set yourself a challenge to use up everything in your fridge first. You could make a bake or a soup out of wilting vegetables, for instance.

Buy what you need, plan for leftovers

Try to only buy the quantities you need to make a meal. If that's not possible, factor leftovers into your weekly meal plan, so everything will get eaten before it goes off.

Use smart storage

How you store food can extend its life, reducing waste. Get educated on the best way to store your favorite fruits and veg, as well as meat and other perishables.

Freeze as much as you can; for instance, you could freeze fruit and vegetable slices and later whizz in a blender for a cooling healthy smoothie. Also freeze bread slices you won't eat before the expiry date they can be placed straight into the toaster when needed.

Stock is another handy item to freeze. Pour into an ice block tray and pop out a block when you need some stock.

Reuse packaging

Packaging is a huge problem, because much of it goes to landfill where it isn't broken down. You can avoid adding to the issue, but reusing packaging as much as possible. Take your own shopping bags to the supermarket, choose products with less packaging, and re-use takeaway containers.

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