If you’re interested in buying organic kids and baby clothes, then chances are you’ll be concerned about food and food waste. After all, food waste is a growing global concern and involves many of the same ethical issues as the fast-fashion clothing industry. A recent report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates approximately one-third of all food produced globally is wasted. Furthermore, according to statistics from FoodWise, Australians throw away up to 20% of the food they purchase. That’s equivalent to 300kg per person every year. So, how can you reduce food waste and save some money too?
Reduce Food Waste by Planning Ahead
Think about the week ahead and put together a shopping list that’s realistic. In other words, don’t buy food that may not get cooked because you don’t actually have time to make the week’s meals from scratch. So, if you know the schedule ahead is tight on certain days, then buy meals that are ready done or at least not perishable. If you have over-stocked then before it goes off, get it in the freezer with a dated label. Finally, never go to the supermarket hungry! Here’s a list of meal planning apps you might find useful to keep you frugal.
All you have to do now is make the meals you’ve planned. It takes a little discipline but it’ll be worth it. Also, if you have time, try to make several things in one go. Put them I the freezer or fridge for later in the week. At this point, watch out for containers of leftovers getting pushed to the back of the fridge. Keep them at the front and make sure to use them. So, what about use-by dates? Often, these dates are over-cautious and a lot of out-of-date for is perfectly ok. Basically, if it looks, smells, and tastes fine, it probably is.
Eat Smarter to Reduce Food Waste
One thing we humans are good at is over-eating! Not surprisingly, the portion sizes when eating out, and at home, are generally too big. So, when at home, try to put smaller portions out and eat less. This way, you won’t be throwing away so much leftover food from the dinner plates. Also, take a plastic container with you to restaurants. Ask the waiter to pack your container with any leftovers. It’ll be perfectly good the next day and you’ll be saving money too. Lastly, if you do end up with food waste, put it on a compost heap for your garden to benefit from later. Some neighbourhoods even have a compost scheme you can use.