Food waste is a much bigger problem than you might think. Not only does it burn a hole in your pocket, but it negatively impacts the environment as well. A lot of energy goes into food — water, materials, labour, and transportation all go into producing it, and energy goes into storing and disposing of it too. Despite this, we waste about a third of food that we get, and when that goes to landfill, the food rots and causes methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
I’m in no way innocent when it comes to wasting food (my partner could tell you), but I’ve been trying to get a lot better at it recently, and I’ve even had some fun with it. That’s why I thought I would make this mini-series of articles on creative ways to avoid food waste. This series is going to include making natural plant dyes, face masks, and some awesome community projects you can get into. I’m really excited to take you on this journey, and I hope you are too!
A fore-warning though, I’ve recently moved house (and country) hence why I haven’t been so active lately, and I’m starting up a new job, so basically… there is no planned schedule for when these articles go up. It might be all clumped together or quite irregular, so please bare with me! To tide you over, here are some simple things you can do right now to help the environment when it comes to food waste.
Composting is a clear option, as it’s better than food going to landfill and causing greenhouse gases. You can also save your leftovers for the next day in Tupperware containers or simply in a bowl covered by a beeswax wrap. (If you want a DIY article on how to make a beeswax then comment below!) If you’re really excited about this like I am (yes I am an environmental nerd) then here are some links where you can learn more about the topic: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/food-waste
I hope this helps and I look forward to posting again soon.
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One thought on “Creative ways to avoid food waste – A mini-series”
It’s good that you’re pointing out how much energy goes into producing food and that it’s not just about composting – although I’m just as guilty of wasting energy here too.