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5 simple ways to reduce food waste in your home

A #nofoodwaste bowl for dinner to close the week / fridge drawer of fresh goods before the next fresh delivery arrives to kick off the week. There’s corn, baby spinach, leftover herbs, tomato with some hemp seeds on top (plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids for growing baby’s brain), sauerkraut, and the mushy deliciousness is where all the leftover bits came into play – roasted pumpkin and cauliflower tossed with some leftover fennel, dill, parsley, yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt pepper and spring onion. Was DELICIOUS and there was no waste in our fridge to close the week!

The food waste stats provided  FOODBANK are pretty devastating but also a solid reminder of what we can do:

  • 1,460 gigalitres of water is used annually to grow Australian produce that is thrown out.
  • Australian households throw away 2.5 million tonnes of edible food each year – that equates to nearly 300 kilograms per person!
  • Food waste also plays a role in harming the environment. Rotting food in landfill produces methane, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. For every tonne of food waste in landfill, a tonne of CO2-e greenhouse gas is generated.

A few tips on how you can reduce food waste in your home… 

  1. Plan what you’re going to eat for the week and look for cross over in the ingredients in different recipes (*hint : don’t shop when you’re hungry, even if you have a list with you, you’ll buy more than you need)
  2. Reduce some of the most perishable foods in your fridge – meat is likely the highest on this list, look at how you can make swaps… read more here. 
  3. Remember that quality is always better than quantity and when you enjoy good quality food you access better nutrients are fuelled better and oft crave less – buy quality food, not tonnes of sub-par ingredients / foods
  4. Buy containers that are freeze friendly so you can immediately freeze food you know you won’t consume in the next few days, enjoy them later AND save cooking time in the future – many wins!
  5. Remind yourself with each step you take toward reducing waste that whilst we are all small drops in the ocean, some effort is always better than none at all.
Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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