Shared from the original article on the David Suzuki Foundation website.
You’re eating local, organic, even growing your own food. Make sure you don’t end up throwing out the fruits and vegetables of your hard-earned labour!
Besides being a waste of money, time and energy, unused food that ends up in landfills is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases.
Download our handy tip sheet to help you out:
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How to not waste food:
Meal plan: Take a few minutes to write out a week’s worth of dinners. Start with what’s already on hand. Think about how leftovers can play into lunches, snacks or other meals. Create a grocery list based on your plan.
If you prefer electronic help, there are loads of recipe websites — some even create the shopping list!
Buy the food you need now. Eat the food you planned. You’ll be rewarded with a clean conscience, a healthier planet and a fatter wallet.
Make soup: Veggies make delicious stew, mashed potatoes thicken any stock.
Freeze: Freezing food takes only takes a moment and extends the life of what isn’t getting eaten right away.
Donate: Swimming in leftovers or perishable garden produce? Bring it to your workplace, local food bank or check online to see which charities take food donations.
Create an “Eat-me-first” bin or basket for the fridge: This brilliant, simple tip comes from the Just Eat It movie:
It’s simple: See your food and eat your food! (That’s the whole reason you bought it, right?)
Five shopping tips
Pick the first one: This goes for things like dairy items. Don’t reach to the back. Grab from the front.
Pick the last one: Nobody likes to be picked last. Same goes for the lonely head of lettuce on display.
Pick the brown, spotted or crooked ones: Imperfect-looking produce wants to be tasted, not wasted.
Choose overripe produce, sometimes: See that pineapple? It’s going to be mouldy tomorrow. And it came all the way from Hawaii! It’s not organic or local but it’s dumpster-bound unless you buy it.
Choose single bananas: Grab a few single bananas next time instead of choosing a bunch.
Individual action has the power to make a measurable, meaningful difference. Just cutting household food waste in half would immediately save billions.