Food waste is one of the largest contributors to global climate change. Growing, processing, and transporting food uses significant resources.
According to the EPA, in Ireland, we waste over 1 million tonnes of food a year!
Reducing your food waste is one of the most effective actions you can take to help fight climate change. Any step you take to reduce your waste has the potential to cause significant effects.
Here are some small steps you can take to reduce the amount of food you waste!
1. Freeze your food
Freezing your food is a fantastic way to help save your food from going stale if your plans change or you cook too much. You can freeze your food right up until it’s sell by date!
2. Make the most of your leftovers
Have leftover meat or vegetables? No need to throw them out, you can use them to make tomorrows lunch or dinner by turning your leftover chicken into a day two curry or your vegetables into a leftovers veggie pie!
3. Check your stock before going shopping
When heading out on your weekly shop take 5 minutes to have a look in your fridge to double-check what you already have in the kitchen before heading to the shops. This will help to avoid accidental double-ups and might give you ideas for what you could buy to help use existing ingredients up. If you’ve a head like a sieve, take a quick picture to refer back to.
4. Make a shopping list
After checking what you already have in your fridge you can make an official list of the things you need. Simple but definitely effective!
If you want more in depth tips, take a look at last year’s National Spring Clean Christmas tips videos on our YouTube channel about avoiding food waste and storing your food!