10 tips to reduce food waste & save money
- Support local producers & buy in-season produce.
- Practice food gratitude. Be thankful for what you have & make the best use of it. Shop, prepare & eat mindfully.
- Support the local businesses around you who are shifting toward sustainability.
- Buy imperfect food! Give wonky food a second chance, they are often cheaper as well!
- Look after your food. Care for it by storing it properly & be thoughtful about the quantities you purchase. Try to utilise as much of your food as possible & make the most of your scraps by reusing, eg - vege & bone scraps make a wonderful broth!
- Purchase produce that is free of plastic & other packaging. Plastic doesn’t allow produce to breathe, causing it to spoil faster. Think of those pre-made salads in the plastic bag which often look mushy after a few days.
- Buy items loose. Your oranges, lemons & bananas all have their own compostable packaging, (which is so much more fragrant & beautiful than any plastic bag!), & apples & nectarines will get a wash when you get them home anyway. Pop them loose onto the scales at the checkout, & then into your reusable bag or a box.
- When buying meat, consider buying a whole animal to be butchered & divided amongst a few families- this gives you peace of mind that you know where your meat is coming from, & that the different cuts in your freezer came from the loss of only one animal’s life, rather than from potentially many animals.
- Look for free range or organic options in your poultry, pork, dairy & egg products. Intensive agricultural practices are contributing to the ecological degradation of our planet through extensive land clearing & loss of bio-diversity, fertiliser & manure pollution & loss of insect numbers, especially bees, due to insecticide use .
- While organic & free range agricultural products are often more expensive, they are of a better quality & are ethically produced. Eating less of these higher quality products means you can still afford to enjoy them while supporting a more sustainable & ethical industry.
Ask for what you want! Stores want to keep their customers happy & coming back happy so the more people that ask for package free, or bring their own containers, the greater the need will be to accept & change!
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