Reducing Food Waste


Jennifer Robson
22 February 2018

Most people don't realize how much food they throw away every day. About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

Planning, prepping, and storing food can help your household waste less food.

And can help you to reduce your grocery costs significantly. It may require more planning on your part, but we promise it is possible – and we want to help you get there. Start your week by planning out your meals. Make a list of the ingredients you will need. Doing this can save you money and time and you will eat healthier food. If you buy no more than what you expect to use, you will be more likely to keep it fresh and use it all. Include quantities on your shopping list noting how many meals you’ll make with each item to avoid overbuying.
Before you go shopping check what you already have in your fridge and cupboards and cross these items off your list. 
Many ingredients come in 4 person servings so unless you're very good at freezing or have planned your meals you could find yourself throwing lots of food away because it has got spoilt. 
Look at portion sizes and split larger bags down into smaller portions. Try to look for recipes that require similar ingredients so that you can use up leftover ingredients. Or make a bigger portion and freeze the excess for use the following week.    
Having leftovers on hand means not going out for lunch or resorting to a takeout dinner when you’re too tired to cook. Keep leftovers and be prepared to eat them. 
Prepare perishable foods soon after shopping. When you get home from the store, take the time to wash, dry, chop, dice, slice, and place your fresh food items in clear storage containers for snacks and easy cooking. It will be easier to create meals or snacks later in the week
You can also reduce your food waste by monitoring what you throw away. If you notice for example that you often throw away half a loaf of bread why not freeze half as soon as you buy it so that it stays fresh?
As you can see there are lots of ways to reduce waste and save money. We would love to hear your tips for reducing food waste please share them with us in the Community Boards.
If you would like more information on reducing food waste and tips for meal prep then members can head over into the member's area to access our Healthy Solo Meals eCourse. There are loads of tips, charts and lists to help you get started.