How to prevent food waste

If food waste was a country, it would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China. Food waste is a problem, when you throw your food into the household bin, it turns into methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  

  • Plan your meals in advance.
  • Check your pantry and fridge before you go shopping.
  • Don’t buy food if you aren’t planning to eat it past its storage life.
  • Shop with a list – there’s plenty of apps to help you.
  • Avoid deals – “Buy one, get one free” may sound great, but usually leads to buying food you don’t really need.
  • Cook with what you have
  • Use ingredients up – google a recipe if you don’t know what to cook.
  • Love your leftovers, they great lunches or snacks.

To help you plan your meals, check out these websites with interesting tips on food planning and shopping:

Fight Food Waste

This cooperative research centre aims to improve the sustainability of the Australian food industry. Here you will find a list of resources for planning and purchasing food: More Info

Love Food Hate Waste

This organisation aims to increase awareness about food waste and assist with consumer decision-making. Here’s a portion calculator which helps to calculate the amount of food required for a healthy meal per person. 

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