Food waste is one of the most significant crimes committed by everyone on this planet in which we are all guilty of! And with all of the thousands of people in the world both critically ill and dying due to starvation we should be highly appreciative of the privileges we have and reduce food waste in order to help those around the world as well as reduce our carbon footprint.
Why Reduce Food Waste?
Although that last potato on your plate may seem like it’s too much for you to stomach after your vast roast dinner – don’t throw it away! A single potato left over has multiple uses other than to cast it away in the rubbish. Over time you do not realise how much food you waste, a few scraps left to equate to a lot over an extended period, around 95% of the entirety of food thrown out by us ends up in landfills to just sit there. And previously back in 2014, we cast away a colossal total of 38 million tons of food waste! That is more than enough to feed the 1 billion starving people on this planet.
So that end bit of cereal left in the bottom of the bowl may not seem like much, or the few broken biscuits left at the bottom of the [acket may not seem as appetising as the other full ones. But if you don’t fancy eating them like that then why not crush them up? Use them as a base for a cheesecake or to sprinkle over a desert, nothing should go to waste as it has so much more potential!
So in order to create awareness for food waste and to help you build an eco-friendly home, we have devised a top set of rules to apply in your home to minimise the amount of food wasted by your family – so keep reading!
Donate Unused Food Or Meals
Have you ever been the host of a family party, making dinner for 15 people isn’t easy and because you’re not used to making this amount of food you prepare excessive amounts just to be on the safe side. But then what to do with all this leftover soup? Well, of course, there is the freezing option so that you and your family can simply unfreeze the soup whenever you fancy it, this can be great for lunch at work or event school lunches, so it’s well worth considering.
But if you don’t fancy regularly snacking on soup then why not give it to somebody who will, there are plenty of homeless people likely in your area that struggle daily to find enough to eat. SO box up the soup or whatever you may have left over and drop it off to your local homeless shelter, and you could provide a warm meal for those in need – especially at this cold Christmas period.
This also applies to your unused food, after your Christmas dinner you and your family might not be huge fans of Brussel sprouts – but your grandparents are so you make them to please them. And then after this, you have a half-full bag of Brussel sprouts sitting in your cupboard. Donate these to your local homeless shelter, although this may seem like a rubbish thing to donate, the homeless will be really appreciative and enjoy the things that you and your family don’t. This also applies to tinned food with extended expiration dates such as beans, tinned fruit, spaghetti hoops, rice pudding and even things like spam and tins of tuna. You can donate here at the Trussell Trust charity to help those in the UK in urgent need of supplies and food.
Be Realistic With Food Amounts
If you are a university student that receives a decent sized student loan, do not waste it on food that you do not need and that will be wasted. You might really love beans on toast, but be reasonable when buying your supplies for this quick and easy meal. Think of how long you will be at uni for until your next trip home, and plan in advance of roughly how many tins of beans and slices of bread you will need to gauge your spend as well as how much you need to buy.
A lot of people will want beans on toast and then buy a family pack of Heinz beans and a huge loaf of bread for one meal, which will then be left in the cupboard to go stale and eventually rot.
To avoid having any leftover or unusable food in the first place, then you can shop smart. Plan your weekly shop, decide on a budget, the food items you use the most and how many you use of them as well as planning meals for the week, so you know what ingredients to buy.
Although this may seem like a lot of work for a simple weeks shop, it will save you money in the long run as well as saving you from throwing out useful food items.
Don’t Be Afraid To Donate The Disgusting Stuff
And I’m sure that there are plenty of food items in your home that you think nobody will find useful, but of course, there is! Farmers spend a lot of money paying for feed for a variety of different animals that they have and it’s highly likely that they will be hugely grateful for any donations of scraps of food or leftovers that they could serve up to their animals!
Things like leftover fruit, vegetables and much more can be made into fantastic feed for farm animals that gives them the perfect amount of nutrients that they need to grow – as well as helping the environment! One dedicated charity organisation working hard to save vulnerable animals at a shelter is the Farm Animal Sanctuary, you can donate money to them on their website, and they also accept leftover vegetables and fruit.
Store Your Food Better
Snacks like biscuits and cereals are an easy target for softness and for going out of date quickly, but are you storing them correctly? This happens to biscuits and cereals when they come in contact with the air for an extended period. To stop this from happening you can store them in airtight containers meaning that they cannot go stale and that they will last longer.
This applies to the rest of the foods in your home, follow the storage instructions stated on the back of your product to keep it for as long as it can possibly last.
Stop Wasting And Start Saving!
So if you know that you’re a food wasting criminal, then now is the time to stop! Not only are we wasting precious food that could provide survival for those in need of it, but we are wasting our money! We spend hundreds of thousands on food that goes straight in the bin to be left to decompose and decay in a landfill. We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then spread the awareness of food wasting and share on social media!