How much do you think about food wastage? The state government estimates the average NSW household throws away $77 worth of edible food every week. There are simple ways to reduce edible waste, and Sophia Morris has rounded up a few.
1. Plan your meals.
Think about what you want to eat during the week, and look in your fridge to see if you have food that needs to be used ASAP. Planning to make at least one meal that will give you leftovers is another way to reduce waste.
2. Shop with a list.
If you can, make a shopping list and try to stick to it. This will help you cut down on unnecessary purchases that might not get eaten. Check your fridge and pantry before shopping to avoid buying stuff you already have.
3. Think about storage.
Keeping fruit and veggies in the fridge will make them last longer. You can also wrap herbs in a damp paper towel. Storing pantry items in airtight containers will help keep them fresh.
4. Regrow instead of throwing away.
You can regrow plants such as scallions/ spring onions by placing the roots in a jar with some water. The same technique can be used on herbs and even pineapple tops.
5. Compost or use a worm farm.
If you have a backyard, installing a compost bin can be a pretty easy and effective way to reduce your food waste. If you’re in an apartment, you can potentially use a bokashi to ferment your waste or get a worm farm.
You could also collect your food waste and drop it off at a local community garden for composting. Compost Revolution offers discounted bins, bokashi, and worm farms and handy tips on what can and can’t be composted.