6 ways how to reduce food waste

On everyday life, we don’t realize how much food we throw away, how much is wasted. About 1/3 of the food produced for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion – turns to waste. That is a lot of food that could help the ones that need it the most! What can we do to prevent food waste?

6 ways how to reduce food waste 1

Make a shopping list

The easiest and practical way is to make a list of things you need before going shopping. By doing so, you tend to buy just the necessary things. When the recipe says 3 carrots, don’t buy 5 or 6, try to buy just what you need.

Freeze extra food

Meat, bread, herbs, vegetables, and fruits will last very long if you store them in the freezer, not only that, storing them will save you up some money. Plus, frozen berries make a healthy, delicious snack!

Prepare your menu

It may take a little extra time, but having an overview of the week menu will avoid unnecessary spendings. Plan a week ahead and shop exactly what you need.

Store food in the right way

To help the food be stored for longer, it’s essential to know how to do it in the proper way, how and where to keep them in the fridge. Take a look at the picture down below.

how to reduce food waste

Buy less of food that goes bad fast

Even though we may think buying a big bag of carrots is the cheapest option. If we end up throwing away half of them, it will not save us money in the end. Make a list of the foods that go bad fast and try to cut them down the next time. Instead of buying a bag full of carrots, buy only a few.

Leftovers are food too

If you cook 1-2 times per week and store the leftovers in the fridge to eat later on during the week, you are efficiently reducing food waste and saving ‘cooking time’ that you can use doing something else.

Apps that will help you reduce food waste

No waste

With this app, you can easily organize your fridge, freezer and pantry. It helps you keep track of what food you have, what food you need to use first, plan your meals, make your shopping list, etc. It let’s you make your own fridge inventory in the app.

Frigo Magic

Frigo Magic helps you give a good taste to your leftovers. List the things you have in your fridge and it will help you combine them, creating yummy meals!

Too good to go

At the moment, it’s operating in only a few countries but it will hopefully reach more in the future. The purpose of this app is to help “save” the food that’s on it’s way to be thrown out of cafes, shops, restaurants. It lets you find and ‘rescue’ good meals, for a great price.

Karma

Although, it’s not everywhere yet, it also has a great goal behind it’s origin. Similarly to supermarkets that choose the best ingredients to showcase in their shelves; they sort out the fruits and vegetables that are still edible but can’t go to the shops because they aren’t ‘appealing’ enough. They get them from farmers, wholesalers, producers and send them to the people in a Karma box. You can choose the box (fruit, vegetable or mix) and when you want to receive it. They take care of delivering it.

Conclusion

If only we took a little moment each day to be more prudent about the way we consume food, how much we waste, how much we could save up by applying some of these steps, we could all make a big, positive difference.

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