New year, new resolutions. Or should I say: new year, old resolutions? I must admit that I tend to repeat some resolutions every year, as I drop them even before summer. But there is one very important resolution worth trying and sticking to it: reduce food waste at home.
Since this community is about having a joyful and healthier life, talking about the environment is extremely important. According to the FAO1, about one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.
The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people. And according to World Hunger2, the current loss and waste of all food produced for human consumption would be just enough to feed the nearly one billion people who go to bed hungry every night.
These facts certainly make you think about how much food people throw away daily in homes, restaurants and supermarkets. In fact, since the day I decided to live a more sustainable lifestyle, avoiding food waste is part or my family’s agenda.
Take bread as an example. How much bread do you throw away every week? What could you do to avoid wasting bread? Here are few tips I put into practice at home:
- Freeze the amount of bread you think you won’t consume during the next two days
- Use leftovers as a thickener for soup or stew
- Make croutons for your salads
- Make a delicious bread pudding
We can all find the best way to reduce food waste at home. Bea Johnson, the zero waste guru, manages to live a zero waste life (by the way, don’t hesitate to read her book “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your life”. It’s amazing!). I personally don’t manage to live a totally zero waste life, even though I would like to. But I try to follow the concept as much as I can.
Here are some rules I follow when it comes to food waste:
- Shop smart: Plan meals and write a list of things you need before you go to the supermarket. Doing so, you will avoid impulsive buys.
- When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front of the fridge and put new ones in the back.
- Observe what you throw away on a regular basis. Should you keep baying it over and over again? A good tip is to freeze it before it gets no longer fresh or pleasant to eat.
- Leftovers also taste good! Take them to work or simply eat them for dinner after a busy day. Who doesn’t love it when they open the fridge and see some pasta left from the day before? If you are worried about the fact that leftovers lose a little of their nutrients, just add some vegetables to it and it’s all good!
Living a sustainable lifestyle is good for you and good for the planet! Reducing food waste is probably one of the best resolutions one can have. And believe me, it’s easy to achieve it!
Have new year, happy GREEN resolutions!
Cintia Procaci – HealthyLux Passionate Contributor
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