Whether you're single or preparing food for a small army, planning ahead and cooking what you need will help you from throwing away waste! Making the exact number of servings you need will easily eliminate food waste in your home. If you happen to make a little more than what you intended, save it for lunch the next day!
∙Buy the Unwanted Veggies and Fruits
When buying produce, look for the imperfect ones and pop them in your cart! They will taste the same and not end up in the dumpster because that green pepper looks a little "ugly."
Another way to shop is to buy all the single bananas. We know that a perfect bunch of bananas is exciting but did you know that single bananas are one of the biggest grocery store waste items? So, next time you're at the store, grab 6 singles bananas instead of a bunch!
Another great swap are baby carrots. Obviously carrots aren't grown in a uniformed shape but they're also packaged in plastic which gives them a slightly slimy feeling. Instead, head to your local farmers market. Not only will your produce be fresher, but they'll last longer and taste even more delicious!
∙Prep Produce at Home
Pre-packaged vegetables and fruits are incredibly wasteful and they go bad even faster! Have you ever noticed that broccoli, lettuce, or a fruit cut up in a container comes with an expiration date? However, broccoli, lettuce, or cantaloupe that needs cut up or prepped does not. Another assassin of food waste are diced up vegetables like garlic, green pepper, onion, and more. Instead, take produce bags to the store/farmers market and fill them up with uncut produce. Make it a family affair to prep the fruits and veggies for the week!
∙Ready for the facts?
1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year.
This amounts to $1 trillion dollars of wasted and rotten food.
Just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger.
Over 800 million people are suffering from severe malnutrition worldwide and about 36 million die from lack of food.
As a society, we waste roughly 30% of the food that is produced in the world. Making one small change each month will reduce your impact on the environment and save your household money!