For many people, the start of a new year signifies change and with that comes the termination of old habits and the beginning of some new ones. This applies to many areas in life including diet, exercise, work, home-life and routine in general.
As the dawn of a new year is on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you can make some positive changes in your life. Would you like to considerably reduce your carbon footprint and do your part of help our environment, and all while saving a substantial amount of money each month?
If so, it’s time to think about taking a different approach to the way in which you shop, eat and dispose of food. It’s time to make a new start on food recycling.
Did you know that UK households throw away a whopping £12 billion worth of food each year? By implementing the following practices into your everyday life, you can avoid food waste and save up to £50 a month while doing it.
- Create a shopping list.
We’ve all wandered into the supermarket to buy a litre of milk only to emerge with three shopping bags that is full of stuff that we don’t necessarily need. Impulse buying is one of the main causes of food waste.
Creating a weekly shopping list is one of the ways that you can effectively reduce your impulse buying habits. Take a look in your fridge, cupboards and freezer and take note of what it is that you actually need to buy. Do some meal planning and when in the supermarket, don’t get distracted by special offers and new products.
- Make the most of your freezer.
Whether you have a small compartment in your fridge or a big chest freezer, you must make the most out of the space that you have. Have you ever had a dinner party and cooked way too much food only to dispose of it in the bin? Most of us have.
Did you know that freezing leftovers on the day they were cooked means that they can be eaten up to a month later? Stop throwing good food in the bin when you can put it in an airtight container and stick it in the freezer for consumption on a later date.
- Check the ‘use-by’ dates.
We are all guilty of throwing out food that has passed its ‘use-by’ date. But some are a lot more careless that others when it comes to leaving food in the fridge or cupboard for too long.
Save money and reduce the amount of food that you need to dispose of by simply checking the dates and cook food items with earlier dates first. You should never eat food that has passed its ‘use-by’ date but ‘best before’ dates should be safe to eat later on as they are only a warning to say that the food may be no longer at its best.
- Recycle more.
There are many companies that now provide food-recycling collections which ensures that the food that you do have to dispose of, like egg shells and vegetable peels, are kept out of landfill and used as a resources instead.
Implementing the above four practices into your New Year resolutions will allow you to reduce the amount of food you waste, save a lot of money and reduce your carbon footprint. Are you ready to make the change?
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