Food waste is a big problem around the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, roughly one-third of all the food produced in the world, or 1.3 billion tonnes, gets lost or wasted annually.
Those numbers are mind-boggling!
While we can’t solve the issue of food waste overnight, there are small steps we can take to play our part.
Here are 5 simple tips:
1. Buy only what you need
This might seem obvious but it is one of the reasons why we’re left with so much food waste.
We go overboard buying groceries that we end up not eating and just throwing away.
This happens a lot with fresh produce, such as vegetables and fruits.
By the time we notice them again in the fridge, they may have gone bad.
So make a grocery list and stick with it, and if you stray, make sure you use up the items asap.
2. Do a regular fridge audit
Go through the items in your fridge at least once a week to see what’s nearing their best-by date.
Vegetables that look like they’ve seen better days can be made into a simple stir fry, or even stock.
Bread that’s a few days old can be made into a sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch
3. Save your leftovers
When eating out in restaurants, always ask to pack whatever food you didn’t finish.
This can make a great snack for later, and will save it from just being thrown away.
Here’s an extra tip: you might want to get the servers to pack half your portion the moment it’s served. This way, you also won’t end up overeating.