Reduce Your Food Waste

Reduce Your Food Waste
08 October 2018
In honour of World Food Day, we look at the importance of reducing our food waste, and how you can make a difference in your own home:

World Food Day exists to highlight the importance of tackling global hunger. For 2018, the focus swings towards eradicating world hunger by 2030, because a #ZeroHunger world is possible.

Food Waste Isn’t Great
Globally, food waste doesn’t just contribute to the worldwide waste problem, it also negatively contributes to climate change. The more household waste we produce, the more we negatively impact our environment. Moreover, food waste is unnecessary, expensive form of waste, and one that can be curbed, if we all think a little more carefully before we just throw something away. Here’s a startling fact for you:

Approximately a third of the world’s food is lost or thrown away each year. We currently waste 1.6billion tonnes of food, every year.

Reduce Food Waste at Home

Cutting down on the food you waste at home can have a positive impact on the environment. And here’s a bonus you haven’t thought of: with less waste to handle at home, you’ll have lighter rubbish bags to carry, and fewer concerns around pest or insect infestations.

Seven Ways to Reduce your Food Waste
Here are our top seven ways you can reduce your food waste:

  • If you’re eating out, remember that restaurant portions are often substantially larger than your home portions. Order a half-portion or take your leftovers home to enjoy at another mealtime.
  • Shop a little smarter, by only purchasing what you need. Sure, that bulk bag of apples sounds like a great way to save money, but are you planning on only eating apples for the week? Make a detailed grocery shopping list and stick to it!
  • If you’re cooking at home, freeze your leftovers and eat them at another mealtime. It’ll save you time, money, and make life a little easier during the evenings where you just don’t feel like cooking.
  • Store your food correctly. Bananas don’t belong in the fridge and storing your milk on the top shelf of the fridge can make it last longer. Check out this great infographic that showcases the best way to store food, so that it lasts longer.
  • Use “ugly” food. A bruised apple is more likely to be thrown away than eaten, especially if you have a picky eater in the house. Start thinking of ways to use “ugly” food. For example, bruised apples taste just as great in apple pie!
  • Start keeping a “Waste Diary”, and track the food you throw away, whether it be a solitary bruised apple, or four slices of toast. This will help you better understand your family’s food waste patterns, so you can change them.
  • Chat to your favourite restaurant about how they manage their food waste. If this Michelin Star restaurant can do it, anyone can.

LifeDoc Can Help
For extra advice on your family’s nutrition, chat to your family doctor. LifeDoc ™ can help. LifeDoc ™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.