How you can avoid food waste

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Wasting food has a cost for us so we should be more mindful about it, starting from the way we do our shopping and the way we prepare our food. Here are some ideas about how you can avoid food waste:

1 – Plan your weekly meals and write a list of what you need to prepare them. You can work on a routine so you have the same meal the same day of the week. You can then leave the weekend open for random meals as they pop in your mind. By having a list you won’t make impulse buys. If you don’t have much time to cook or you are not sure about your weekly schedule just do a shorter plan. Then, buy just what you think you can prepare in the next couple of days or so.

2 – When you are at the grocery store carefully read the use-by-date information so you are aware of the expiry date.

3 – If you see discounts and multi-buy offers then buy in bulk only if you can store the products for a long time or if you can put them in the freezer. Don’t over buy.

How you can avoid food waste

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Fruit and veg

4 – In terms of fruit and vegetables check which ones are entirely edible. Preferably go for organic produce, grown locally and in season. Ideally sold by weight so you can just buy what you need without any unnecessary plastic packaging. If anything is left over that you don’t eat remember to put it in your compost bin or wormery (if you have one!).

5 – Use at first what is left from the previous week, when you shop again put the new products at the back of the fridge.

Here are a few final ways as to how you can avoid food waste

6 – Cook larger portions so you can eat what is leftover the day after, perhaps in a different way. Otherwise you can store the leftovers in the freezer. Doing this you will also save time.

7 – If you plan to roast something try to fill a big tray or even more on two levels. This is so you don’t waste the heat of the oven on just a couple of things. What you have cooked can be eaten throughout the week or frozen in smaller portions.

8 – Once you store your leftovers in the fridge use an air-tight container, made from glass. If it is a plastic one make sure it is BPA free and suitable for the microwave if you use one to heat your food. Make sure it’s reusable in the long term. 

Write in and let us know about some other ideas as to how you can avoid food waste!

5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Jon has been thinking about the different ways he can reduce his impact on the environment. Here are 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint in everyday life.

1. By choosing organic and vegan products

Depending on where you shop there seem to be an increasing number of products that are organic or vegan. Jon is not a vegan but eats mostly vegetables in his diet and buys some vegan products. He also chooses organic if there is an option and checks where the country of origin is.

We cannot all be perfect when it comes to making the right choices. Jon has food intolerances so tried oat milk (which is seen to be the best choice for the environment) although it made him feel bad. He has now found an organic and lactose-free milk that he can digest better.

2. Buy products in bulk when possible using your own reusable container

Small things like buying a bigger washing up liquid bottle can help reduce waste. You can keep a smaller bottle for every day use and refill it from the bigger bottle. You will save money and reduce the amount of plastic waste.

For cleaning products now you can buy a refill pack. Jon has kept an old bottle and just refills it from time to time.

3. Wash your clothes in cold water

You can buy concentrated eco detergent nowadays. So, you can wash your clothes effectively at lower temperatures. The enzymes in cold water detergent are designed to clean better in cold water. By washing at a lower temperature you reduce energy consumption. You can also use a Guppyfriend bag to catch the microfibres from your clothes.

5 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

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4. Compost your food waste if possible

Jon has a wormery and has used it to break down his food scraps. By using a wormery you can reduce the amount of food scraps that go to landfill. As an added bonus you get liquid fertiliser and compost you can use on your plants. Jon has definitely seen his plants grow much better now!

5. Bring your own reusable bag when you shop

Get into the habit of taking a reusable bag with you when you are out shopping. This reduces your use of plastic and discourages companies from producing more bags. Even if you forget your reusable bag try and use a plastic one over a long period of time. You can also recycle it at most large supermarkets nowadays.

Here are the first 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. We will publish some more soon!