This Earth Day, let’s make every meal count!
With enough food wasted globally to feed the world four times over, there is no time like now for us all to come together and start doing our bit.
Sir David Attenborough said it best:
“Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste. We are dependent on it.”
So read up on our top tips – they will have your fridge full of delicious meals while leaving a lighter footprint behind!
1. Plan Ahead
The simplest yet most effective way to reduce food waste is to plan your meals ahead of time. Before you hit the grocery store, make a list of the main food items you will need but remain flexible to make some swaps and cash in on those reduced-to-clear goodies. This will help you avoid buying things you don’t need and prevent food from going bad before you have the chance to use it.
2. Shop Smart
It’s easy to get carried away when shopping for food, but did you know that overbuying is one of the biggest contributors to food waste? Don’t be afraid to ask employees which products will last the longest or check the Gander app to see what reduced-to-clear items are in-store.
3. Use Up Your Leftovers
Don’t let those leftovers go to waste! Transform them into something flavorful, exciting and new with creative recipes like soups, stews, sandwiches or salads.
A Brucey Bonus: For extra inspiration, try out the Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit for matchings ranging from classic pairings to unexpected surprises – it’s sure to ignite creativity in your kitchen!
4. Freeze It
Did you know you can freeze almost anything? From bread to vegetables, freezing food is a great way to make it last longer. If you find that you won’t be able to use something in time, freeze it for another day. Just be sure to label it so you know what it is and when you froze it.
Lastly, if you have scraps that can’t be repurposed or frozen, compost them. This will not only reduce your waste footprint but also help create nutrient-rich soil for your garden and your own plants. Don’t have a garden? Look into local compost pickup services, where you can send your scraps off to be composted.
Let’s work together and make our planet a better place! This Earth Day, commit to reducing food waste—it only takes simple steps like planning ahead, shopping smart, using up our leftovers, freezing our extra food, and composting our scraps; we can all do our part to reduce our impact on the planet. So join us as part of the global effort to make Mother Nature proud.