Every year, Australians spend $7.8m on food which is thrown away It usually happens when we buy too much, cook too much or don’t store food correctly. By making a few simple changes at home, we can reduce food waste, eat well and save money.
Here are 8 simple ways to reduce household food waste*:
- Plan meals in advance, so that you only buy the food you need.
- Check the cupboard and fridge before you go shopping.
- Store food correctly, be creative using leftover ingredients and freeze any leftover meals.
- Compost fruit, vegetable and grain-food scraps, or use worm farms.
- Choose foods with the least amount of packaging where possible and appropriate.
- Reduce packaging by buying frequently-used or long shelf life items in bulk, and portioning into re-usable containers. For example, buying 1kg of meat and freezing into several meal-size amounts or buying 1kg of yoghurt and dividing into smaller portions to take to school or work.
- Use sturdy, re-usable bottles for water and other drinks, rather than buying disposable containers.
- Take re-useable bags with you to the supermarket and remember to carry a spare.
For more information on food waste check this out: https://theconversation.com/melbourne-wastes-200-kg-of-food-per-person-a-year-its-time-to-get-serious-60236
*Adapted from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) website: : https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/food-and-food-products/food-waste-a-bigger-issue-that-youd-think/