Food wastes are everywhere and we don’t just have to look at restaurants or food shops. We all have it at home; left overs from home-cooked meals or deliveries, peelings from fruits and vegetables and even spoiled food that we forgot to take out from the refrigerator. What we do is usually just throw it out or feed it to our pets but we can do so much more about it. We can actually reduce it and even save money out of it! Here are some of the things that we can do to help ourselves and everyone else.
- Make a budget plan and create a shopping list from it. This would apply to homemakers, housewives and even those independent living people. It is understandable that grocery shopping is therapeutic and we want to buy food because we want to relive stress or reward ourselves but it would be better if we plan everything that we will buy so as not to splurge and even save money. Let’s make it a habit to work on a budget and only list shopping items that we need maybe for a week or two. Include only the necessities and buy as much food as you can eat enough for the allotted time. It will be helpful if you will have an inventory of your supplies already so you would easily know which ones should be refilled.
- Store food properly. Proper storage is also important because this contributes to early spoilage of food if not done properly. Always set and check your refrigerator if it is in the correct temperature. Keep meats and other frozen goods in the freezer and vegetables in the vegetable crisper. Keep left overs in tight containers. It will also be helpful to be mindful of the shelf life or expiry date of items and practice FIFO (first in, first out) which is a common practice in restaurants, we can apply it also in our own homes.
- Be creative with your scraps or left overs. You can always make something out of it. If you can’t feed it anymore to your pets or you do not have neighbors or other friends to give it to, you can try making a new dish out of it – salads out of your vegetable scraps, soups out of your meats, or maybe you can plant these scraps in your garden and grow your own vegetables. Many people are doing this now because there is more time at home.
- Create your own waste disposal system. Follow the correct way and separate biodegradable from non-biodegradable, label your trash bins, compost the biodegradable and recycle what you can, especially bottles and plastic, you can also donate papers and other things.
- Seek help from Food Waste Collective. You can ask us for other strategies or advice. You can even contact us to organize an event for your neighborhood or to conduct a seminar and even collect your food waste. Just get in touch with us by leaving a message on our contact page and we will be glad to offer you our services.
These are very easy steps and something that we already have an idea. It’s just a matter of applying it and doing it religiously. One simple thing we do at home is already a big help in reducing food waste in our planet!