Tips to Reducing Food Waste
Here are four easy tips to reducing food waste by Jollia Fung, Zero Waste Warrior and co-founder of KarmaBitez.
Metro Vancouver completed a survey across 500 households in Vancouver and found that over 50% of food waste was avoidable. In other words, we incur 100,00 tonnes of avoidable food waste each year.
The end to this food waste crisis begins in our homes. If we all part to reduce waste in our homes by half, we can reduce food waste by 50,000 tonnes a year.
If you’re ready to reduce waste in your home, here are our top 4 tips on how to reduce food waste:
(1) More legumes, less meat
Replace meat with legumes such as chickpeas and lentils. We recommend taking baby steps with this. How about meatless Mondays?
(2) Meal Portioning
Leftovers make over 20% of avoidable food waste. Make sure to cook only what you need.
(3) Have fun and be creative with leftovers
We got creative with juice pulp and can you! Getting creative with your leftover ingredients is a great way to reduce waste in the kitchen.
(4) Bruised fruits and vegetables are edible
Partially bruised and dented fruits and vegetables are still edible. Don’t throw them out just because they look ‘imperfect’.
Food waste principles to follow
1. Shop more often
2. Buy less – buy only what you need
3. Get creative with leftovers
4. Freeze it when in doubt
We highly recommend Metro Vancovuer’s website, Love Food Hate Waste, to get recipe ideas and meal portioning tools to help you get started on your zero waste journey!