Personal Actions: Food Waste
What Can I do?
- When shopping buy funny looking produce – Many fruit and veg are not sold because their size, shape or colour is not perfect, but they are perfect to eat.
- Store food properly – Check that your fridge temperature is correct and read the storage instructions on products.
- Live by first in, first out – When unpacking your shopping move older items to the front of fridge or cupboard.
- Use your own judgement when it comes to perishables – ‘Use by’ dates should be followed, ‘best before’ dates are only a guide.
- When cooking use it all – Leave skins on cucumbers and potatoes, use broccoli stems along with florets – you will not only food rescue but many skins and stems provide additional nutrients.
- Love your leftovers – Use leftovers and foods that will soon perish to make new, interesting recipes, bring leftovers to school or work for lunch the next day, freeze meals after cooking if they won’t be eaten straight away.
- Monitor what you do throw away for a week or two and then redesign you shopping list and meal plans to reduce this waste of food and money.
- Compost! You can compost uncooked vegetables and fruit, teabags, coffee grounds, eggshells, and paper. If you have a brown bin, you can add meat, fish and bones. http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie/home-composting/
In the Community:
- Ask your local greengrocer/supermarket to sell ‘ugly’ produce at a reduced cost.
- Speak with your local restaurant and ask them for dish substitutions if you would rather have salad than chips.
- Ask your restaurant not to bring the basket of bread if you won’t eat it and ask them for ‘doggy bags’ to bring your uneaten meal home.
- Organise your own ‘Food Rescue’ event http://voiceireland.org/general-news/what-is-food-rescue/
- Take the Stop Food Waste Challenge with your local community group. www.stopfoodwaste.ie