Being involved in a project discussing food waste I found some scary numbers, I mean,
Did you know that all food waste accounts for about 8% of global climate pollution?
And we're not even talking about the transportation, the ridiculous amount of food we eat in western countries, water wastage or pesticide. An estimated 2.7 trillion pounds of food is wasted yearly. Which is a third of the total food we produce.
That's enough food to feed almost 2 billion people.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, discarded food is the single largest component of landfill and incinerators in America. These 'food dumps' are a rising source of methane gas. Which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Pretty. Messed. Up. Right?
The most important question:
What can you do to reduce your food waste?
8 Easy Solutions
1. Buy Uglies
Imperfect Produce, a subscription delivery service for “ugly” food in the San Francisco Bay area, estimates that about one-fifth of all fruit and vegetables are consigned to the dump because they do not conform to the industry standard of perfection. So why not jump on this neat concept? Consumers get the same quality products for cheaper. And farmers get money for produce that usually goes to that food mountain I mentioned earlier. Win-win.
2. Labels Are For Packaging Design
As some of you might know - experation dates are a estimated calculation. You don't have to me as cool as this Danish crew and open up your own store. But use your senses when it's past due date. Smell, taste, and look. Duh.
3. Leave No Man Behind
Doggy bags cluttering my fridge. Leftover pizza for the morning after? Yes, please.
4. Love Thy Neighbor
The collaborative society is on an epic rise. OLIO is one of many free sharing apps that allows you to connect to your nearby surroundings so that surplus food could be shared and not thrown away. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items. And psst, most of the things posted are for FREE.
5. That's On My List
Nothing feels as good as crossing something off a list. By planning your shopping you can plan your expenses as well as reduce the amount of food you throw away. Because, you know. Who even knows how long that spicy sauce has been sitting at the back of the fridge anyway? So, put a list up on the wall next to your fridge. Collaborate with your housing on one list with one of many apps, such as OurGroceries. Nurture your inner Michelangelo and make a super pretty one? The possibilities, the possibilities...
6. Go For A Dive
For the extremist - Dumpster Dive. Most grocery stores and restaurants have huge containers determined for food waste. I can't stress this enough. I DO NOT recommend you to break locks or trespass onto anyone else's property. Why not try a LEGAL dumpster walk with the Freegan society instead?
7. Team Up
Shopping in bulk is a great way to save money and reduce environmental waste. But will you really finish a huge pasta sauce before it's gone bad? Split it with a friend, your partner, family or give a lunch box to a hungry fellow. Easy as 1-2-3.
Fell for that 2 for 1 deal again? No worries. Freeze it. Opposite to what many people believe, most things are freezable. If you're unsure of how to, check out these links out: What you can and cannot freeze & 31 Things to freeze.
Hope that these few tips & tricks inspired you! (Even though you can do plenty of more things).