Help save the environment simply by wasting less food

As we look for ways to save money on our household bills many of us are not aware that food waste not only hits us in the pocket – but has a serious impact on the environment too.

Producing, distributing, storing and cooking food uses energy, fuel and water. Each of these emits greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.

Take  a pack of cheese: the resources that go into raising the cows, processing the milk, transporting the cheese, refrigeration, the fuel to drive to the shop to buy it – all this to put it in the bin at the end of the week. In the UK for example, the equivalent of more than three million slices of cheese a day are thrown away!

Imagine if we stopped throwing this food away, it would save the equivalent of at least 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same as taking 1 in every 4 cars off our roads.

We can all contribute to making a difference.  Love Food Waste has some great solutions on reducing the amount of food we throw away.

  • Planning is everything. Think ahead to what the week has in store – look in the fridge, freezer and cupboard, make a simple list so you only buy what you need and make the most of what you have.
  • Make the most of your fruit and veg. Apples last even longer when you keep them in the fridge – up to two weeks longer if loosely wrapped. And if they’ve had a knock, try putting them in a crumble, a sauce or start the day with a smoothie. If you understand the concept of recycling, to me this is a bit like that, i call it recycling my food. Try to find a way of reusing leftovers either in soups, smoothies, etc
  • Did you know food can be frozen any time before the ‘use by’ date on the label? Then when you have an evening where you don’t feel like cooking, take it out of the freezer, defrost and use within 24 hours.
  • Ever thought of making the most of your potato peelings? Why not sprinkle with salt, pepper, chilli or whatever flavour takes your fancy and pop them in the oven. Free crisps the kids will love!

OR, why not invite a stranger to eat with you incase you have you much and do not want to waste it? is a new-ish venture that is supposed to feel like going over to a friend’s house for dinner, only, the house is abroad and full of complete strangers. It’s pretty much an outlet for people who get bored of eating in restaurants with pictures of the food on sticky laminate menus when they’re holiday.

In the year since it launched, EatWith has become huge in Barcelona—there are 172 events in the city right now, everything from sushi to tapas to Thai—and not-so-big in Sao Paulo, where there are only eight events. Jerusalem is optimistically active on the site, as is Tel Aviv (where it started).

The meals tend to fall into two categories—ones where your hosts teach you something (sushi-making, market tours, the aforementioned guinea pig BBQ) or just the straight up “come over to mine for dinner” (and pay for it via PayPal). – okay, i am not sure about that last bit of paying!

However, we do have a facebook page in Wageningen:

The way it works is, you simply invite people over for dinner, they can bring something like potluck or you make the main  and ask that they contribute dessert or drinks

See, already you are doing your bit to help reduce waste 🙂

Why not explore your kitchen today and see where you might be wasting good food without even realising it, or find out ways to waste less?


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