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We are all aware of how our actions can impact the environment, and we all try to make sustainable choices where we can, and remember to sort our waste for recycling to ensure that as little as possible goes to waste.

Packaging choices in our purchases can make a vast difference to the planet, and send a message to manufacturers to make changes to their plastic food packaging. But there is a lot we can do to massively reduce our food waste too.

Food waste comes from retailers, food service providers and consumers, amounting to approximately 15 million tonnes per year in the UK alone. When food is wasted, the resources used in the production of the food – water, land, energy, and labour – is also wasted, and wasted food that ends up in landfill generates greenhouses gases, contributing to climate change.

While many people argue that it is up to corporations and governments to implement the changes needed, it is also the responsibility of individuals to enable these changes too. Just by making small changes in your food shopping, cooking and eating habits you can help support the environment.

 

1. Planning your meals

Planning your meals for the week makes your grocery shopping easier, helps avoid making impulse purchases on the food you won’t eat, and makes sure you have food for meals for the entire week, and vastly reduces the chance of food going to waste.

 

2. Buying only what you need

We can all get a bit carried away and be tempted by an impulse buy now and then. But by trying to prevent yourself from getting carried away in the supermarket will reduce the amount of food waste generated. Stick to your food plan and your shopping list, and you’ll save money too.

 

3. Store food wisely

When storing food in your cupboards and fridge, be sure to rotate the products in there, so that older goods are at the front, and new ones are at the back. This way, you won’t waste food by the ‘use by’ and ‘best by’ dates expiring when it’s hidden at the back of the cupboard.

 

4. Love your leftovers

If you’re cooking something like pasta, and there is plenty left over, don’t throw it away. Put in a re-usable container and store it in the fridge or freezer so it can be your next meal. The majority of foods can be refrigerated and consumed the next day, may be used as ingredients for a different meal.

 

5. Your freezer is your best friend

Don’t throw away food that still has a use. For example, bananas that are starting to go brown can be chopped up, frozen, then blended later with other frozen fruits and milk for a delicious and healthy smoothie. There are plenty of recipes on the BBC Good Food website to make use of all kinds of leftover food.

 

6. Focus on the benefits

Keep in mind that you’re not only saving money and eating delicious food by making these changes, but you’re also reducing your waste for the environment and making your footprint greener. Focus on the benefits!

Of course, there will always be some waste, from items we can’t make use of such as vegetable peelings or chicken bones. Why not check out our kitchen food waste bins, and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

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