Studies have shown that it takes on average 66 days for a behaviour to become automatic. This means that the changes we’ve made in our daily routines during the lockdown and following alert levels could actually become habits that stick in our new normal. And this may be excellent news for our health, our wallet and the environment!
Take up the challenge!
In the light of this and to keep up the good work, Love Food Hate Waste is challenging us to become food waste champions in 5 weeks. A food waste champion is someone who tries to reduce how much food they waste and encourages others to do the same. And, of course, Love Food Hate Waste can help! Sign up to receive their weekly tips, hints and recipes that will help you start your new normal on the right foot and flatten your foodprint! Have a look at their website and stock up on useful tips to help you extend the good practices you started during the Covid-crisis.
Homemade boost while staying home
As we were encouraged to avoid spending too much time in supermarkets under alert level 4, well-planned weekly menus and shopping lists have proven very efficient to save time and money on grocery shopping. Planning food also means wasting less. And in the absence of takeaways, many Kiwis have (re)discovered the pleasure of cooking and the taste of high-quality and nutritious homemade food. Looking for new recipes? Wondering how you can make takeaways from home? Check the Love Food Hate Waste website!
What’s your foodprint?
Home cooking also reduces the amount of packaging and waste produced by the (ready-made) food industry, especially if you select your ingredients wisely, according to the type of packaging they come in. Always choose unpacked items over packed items. If the items are packed, give the priority to reusable, compostable and recyclable.
The temporary interruption of the kerbside recycling collection has also made us very aware of the waste we produce weekly, pressing us to try and reduce the waste pile. A new habit that will hopefully last! Knowing how to store food will prevent you from wasting it, too.
Saving money, a positive side-effect
Last but not least, adopting new food habits and planning your meals before going to the store or market will help you save money. Check how much money you can save on the Love Food Hate Waste website!