Don’t over serve and be creative with leftovers
Most of us have the habit of overfilling our plates at meal time. Instead, we should focus on portioning our meals with more care, starting with one serving, and going back for seconds if we’re still hungry.
Leftovers from meals should never be discarded. Find creative ways to integrate your leftovers into other meals the next day or throughout the week.
Combining these two strategies are guaranteed to help reduce your food waste.
Composting is an excellent way to keep your food waste out of landfills. It allows more oxygen to reach the decomposing material and drastically lowers its methane output. Plus, it creates nutrient-dense fertilizer to use for growing crops and flowers.
More recently, many municipalities have developed curb-side composting programs for a flat fee.
If you don't have the space for composting on your own property or have access to curbside composting, many community gardens and local farmers welcome food scraps to use for their growing seasons.
Composting is a great way to help the planet, and it’s a wonderful way to feel good about yourself while becoming more active in your community.
Buy less food
While it can be convenient to stock up on groceries on a weekly or biweekly basis, this habit makes it easier to end up with uneaten or spoiled food by the end of the week. You may be surprised by how much money you toss into the garbage every time you leave food uneaten, uncooked, or unused.
Try meal planning. You can start by simplifying your grocery list, especially with perishables. Be mindful at the end of the week while you are cleaning out your fridge to make room for the next grocery order. What did you use all of and definitely need more of next time you shop? What didn’t you use at all? What items did you throw away?
Estimate how much money you spent on the excess food entering the waste stream. The planet and your wallet will thank you once you develop less wasteful grocery shopping habits!