Planning in advance with shopping lists will help you get the right amount of food and avoid buying what you already have at home.
Experts have prepared 13 tips on how to reduce food waste, which is responsible for more than 10% of global carbon emissions, which is the cause of the climate emergency.
In addition to the huge environmental costs, discarded foods combine the problems of daily hunger and malnutrition, as well as the exacerbation of chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes, Green Queen reports.
- Eat the food you buy
Experts advise you to periodically review the products to avoid the situation when food ends up in the trash, leaving it untouched.
- Better store food
Store raw foods and cook food separately and store cooked foods on top of raw foods in refrigerators to reduce the risk of contamination.
In hot and humid climates like Hong Kong, you should store more foods, especially perishable fruits, in the refrigerator to prevent over-ripening before you start eating them. Closing food in airtight containers will prevent spoilage and reduce food waste.
- Get organized and plan ahead
Planning ahead with shopping lists will help you get the right amount of food and avoid buying the house you already have. If you are going to eat in a restaurant or cafe, take a reusable container with you to pack leftovers and avoid getting in the trash.
- Compost residues
Compost any food that has not been eaten, such as apple seeds, banana peels, vegetables, etc. This will help divert food waste from landfills and benefit the soil.
- Never buy more than you need
Experts advise you not to buy more than one product at a time to reduce store visits and not to buy the same product at a discount if you know you will not need it.
- Use the freezer
You can store leftovers, leftovers and cooked food, even bread, in the freezer. Besides, it will be well maintained there even for several months. You can heat it at any time.
- Make “other recipes”
Learn some healthy recipes from leftovers. So in the fried rice, you can add various cereals and beans that you have at your disposal to make a stew or put half of the used vegetables in a pan or wok for frying and you can make a salad from the leftover pasta.
- Toxication and fermentation
Experiment with marinating and fermentation. Storage in brine or vinegar helps preserve and extend the shelf life of perishable foods such as cucumbers, cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts. They can be stored in reusable glass containers in the refrigerator for weeks or months. Also, such products will be a delicious addition to other dishes and salads.
- Buy “bad” products
Do not ignore vegetables or fruits just because they are perfectly edible but look bad.
“Choosing less aesthetically pleasing food that other people can avoid or that stores may throw away will help prevent food waste. In addition, they may even have a discount at some stores. In any case, they will be just as delicious as the most beautiful ones “, says the material.
- Responsible patron of F&B companies
Support restaurants and shops that are responsible for combating food waste. There are companies in Hong Kong that have promised to reduce waste, such as donating surplus food to charity, selling vulnerable food at discounted prices at the end of the day, and offering only as much as is in demand.
- Donation to food banks
It’s not just restaurants that can donate food to charity. For example, Hong Kong has food banks, such as Feeding Hong Kong, that will accept a range of foods that are left closed or unused to support the city’s hungriest in the fight against waste. You can also volunteer at food banks to help collect non-food items from F&B partners for distribution to local charities.
- Say no to buffets
The buffet is rich in an unlimited number of appetizers, mainly dishes, desserts, appetizers, etc. While there is something for everyone, the concept of buffet means a huge amount of food waste. The dishes in the buffet rows are constantly refreshed before being emptied and at the end of each service, a large amount of food ends up in the basket and studies show that more than half of the food that appears in hotel buffets is discarded.
- Eat what you have, not what you want
Be responsible – if you can not eat the food you already have before spoiled, then do not buy more just because you like it. If you really can not ignore your craving, then remember tip # 6 to freeze the food you did not eat before going out and buy only what you need (# 5), or if you eat out, grab a container for each case remains (# 3).
Recall in Singapore reduce food waste through the redistribution of food.
As EcoPolicy reported earlier, Studies leading to waste have shown that almost 40% of the world’s food remains unused.