Food waste isn’t just costly to your wallet- it’s bad for the environment, too. With New Zealanders currently throwing away the equivalent of three shopping trolleys of food each year, food waste is a significant issue for every household. Here are a few tips to reduce the food going into your rubbish bin:
- Plan out your meals before heading to the supermarket
By purchasing only what you need, you can minimise waste from unnecessary food.
- Remember your freezer!
It’s easy to forget what’s hidden away in your freezer, so keep a list stuck to the outside to help you keep track of its contents.
- Get creative with leftover vegetables
The vegetables at the bottom of the drawer are perfect to throw together for a hearty soup. Use a slow cooker if you’re short on time.
- Use frozen bread for sandwiches & toast
Prevent mouldy, unusable bread by freezing your loaves as soon as you buy. Toast and make sandwiches with the frozen bread – by the time lunch rolls around, the bread will have defrosted and will be nice and fresh.
- Share the love when travelling
Give any leftover perishable food to neighbours or friends when going away.
- Use leftovers
Take leftover dinner for lunch the next day, or freeze.
For more handy tips to reduce food waste, check out Love Food Hate Waste.