Food waste is a major contributor in damaging our environment, because when food waste goes to landfill it decomposes and emits methane gas, a very toxic pollutant.
And it’s frightening that each year:
- Australians send 3 million tonnes of food waste to landfill every year, the equivalent of 220 kg per person.
- Victorian households throw out 250,000 tonnes of food, enough to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower.
- 60% of the food we throw out is scraps.
- 29% of Australians leave 15% of their meal on their plate, when dining out.
Tips on cutting down on food waste
- Shop smart - to avoid buying more food than you need, make frequent trips to the grocery store every few days rather than doing a bulk shopping trip once a week.
- When supermarket shopping, avoid using plastic bags and wrappings.
- If possible, avoid pre-packaged products and carry reusable
- Store food correctly – improper storage can lead to a massive amount of food waste.
- Learn to preserve to make food last longer to reduce waste.
- Keep your fridge, freezer, and pantry tidy – an overstocked fridge can be bad when it comes to food waste.
- Eat less meat as beef cattle are heavy emitters of methane gas.
- Try composting, turning food waste into energy, but remember in the first place it’s best to reduce the waste we create.
- Place food scraps in a Green bin for composting if the local council provides.
Store leftovers in glass containers.
- Consider serving smaller
- Incorporate leftovers into your next meal.
- Make delicious smoothies, be creative with the ingredients you use,
- Making stock is an easy way to save on excess food.
- Using the freezer is a good method to preserve food.
- Keep track of what you throw away to prevent doing the same in the future.
- Donate excess food to food banks and farms,
- When dining out and not able to eat all on your plate, don’t be shy, ask for a doggy bag.
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