A report says that in the UK people throw away up to 1/3 of the food they buy each week. It reaches up to 6.7 million tons of food each year. We develop the sense of reducing the amount of food we waste, as the food crisis increase around the world. It helps us save the money too – imagine saving 1/3 of your weekly food bill.
Impulse buys, buying 3 for 2 offers, poor portion control, cooking too much and then throwing away the extras and moldy fruit and vegetables are the major cause of food waste.
Throwing food in the landfill is considered to be ok in the opinion of many people. It’s biodegradable after all, so doesn’t cause problems. Using the non-biodegradable plastic bags to wrap the biodegradable food reduces the trouble of food waste. The food doesn’t rot down if the air doesn’t get to it.
Biodegradable materials decompose and produce methane gas in the absence of oxygen. The methane contributes to global warming.
Here we’re going to share the tips that can help you reduce food waste.
Make a list of the things that your family loves most and create a menu plan for the week. Note down the ingredients that you require for each meal on a list. What can be worse than pushing a trolley around a supermarket with no ideas about your meals for the week? People often end up with an expensive trolley full of objects that don’t go together!
Write a shopping list:-
Before going to the shop write and list from your menu plan and carry it with you. You’ll be more likely to resist impulse buys if you stick to the list.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry:-
It’s a simple but important tip. You’ll be tempted to buy all kinds of things you don’t need if you shop when your stomach is growling. Plus you’re unable to focus on making good choices if you’re focusing on your hunger.
Rotate foods in your cupboards and fridge:-
Place all the new food at the back of the cupboard and fridge when you get home from shopping and bring the last week’s items to the front. It often happens that you find something moldy hiding back in the fridge that you had almost forgotten.
Check your fridge:-
Keep checking the seals that whether they are in good condition or not as well as set the temperature between 1 to 5 degrees. Thus you can keep your food fresh and as long as possible.
Applying these habits will help you reduce your food waste.