Simple Tips to Avoid Food Waste

Simple Tips to Avoid Food Waste

In Canada, 58% of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted each year.  This represents almost $1,800 that the typical Canadian household spends on food waste annually. *

Not only is food waste tough on the wallet, but also on the environment.  Food that is produced but not eaten ends up in landfills and creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is a significant contributor to climate change. When food is wasted, all the resources used to produce it are also wasted.

* Source: The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste (2019): Roadmap; Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International

These 3 tips can help you minimize the money and waste you throw away, while contributing to the betterment of the environment:

Create a list before you go grocery shopping

Planning and preparing a shopping list is a proven way of saving money on your grocery bill as it keeps you focused on priority items while in store and helps to prevent the purchase of products you don't really need. Especially for perishables such as meats, fruits and vegetables, this minimizes the amount of food that spoils or rots and subsequently ends up in the trash or compost.

Use Smart Storage Solutions To Keep Food Fresh

Tired of throwing out wilted and mushy produce? Cheese gone moldy? Don't choke the life out of your food by storing it in plastic containers.  Keep your produce, vegetables, herbs, cheese, cut fruit and other perishables fresh and alive by storing them in beeswax wraps and bags.  In these reusable, all natural, food storage solutions, your valuable food can breathe, thereby preserving its longevity and minimizing the amount of food waste that's generated.

Dispose of Food Waste in Organic Bins or Composters

Uneaten food that is thrown into the garbage rather than organic bins or composters end up in landfills where these organics produce methane gas more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. Landfill sites account for 38% of Canada’s total methane emissions so it is up to each of us as individuals or households to consider what we are throwing away and the environmental impact this is causing. 


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