No one likes to see good food wasted, but it happens. Those extra apples you got on offer at the supermarket start to rot. The leftovers you were planning to repurpose lost their appeal, so you order takeout instead. While it doesn’t seem a lot at the time, it all adds up. In the EU alone, we waste nearly 88 million tons of food annually. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to reduce household food waste. Here are some simple tips that protect the environment (and your bank balance).
1. Shop often and less
The emergence of huge supermarkets has messed with our shopping habits. The choices on offer can be overwhelming, and while bulk discounts seem like good value, they often lead to us buying more than they need. A good way to save food, money (and time) is avoiding them as much as possible. Sure, a big grocery shop for the pantry is helpful once in a while, but try buying fresh items like veg and bread regularly and from smaller shops or markets. Not only will it encourage you to eat what you have, but it’s also a way to keep money in your local economy.