Food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion a year! 4 million tonnes of this waste winds up in landfills, enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools.
It’s important that we all do our part to minimise the effect that food waste has on the environment, our local community and our global social impact. Especially when you consider that by saving 1/4 of the current waste 870 million hungry people could be fed!
This term F.R.E.S.H has worked with Oz Harvest to gain an understanding of how we can reduce food waste at home. Starting by just taking a look in the pantry! Some of the most commonly wasted household foods include bread, bananas, bagged salad, fresh veggies, meat, eggs and potatoes.
With this list you can create a range of tasty waste-proof meals all without heading to the shops. Just like:
- Cheesy Mini Quiches
- Warm Lentil, Broccoli and Potato Salad
- Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars (dairy free, gluten free)
Other easy waste-reduction solutions include:
- Freezing your food like bread and bananas
- Starting a compost bin for food scraps
- Checking use-by dates
- Planning meals and using a shopping list
- Manage your portion sizes