The small act of checking what food you have before you shop has a big impact on reducing food waste which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the use of valuable resources.
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The best way to reduce food waste is to avoid it in the first place. Checking what food you already have at home before heading to the shops:
It’s a small act with a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.
(Sustainability Victoria, Path to Half Report, 2020)
Food thrown into your rubbish bin ends up in landfill. Food in landfill breaks down in a way that can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which affects air quality and public health. When we waste food, we also waste the resources used to grow our food (water, soils and energy) and all the energy used to process, package and transport food from markets to our homes.
Look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer before you shop and remember to check for expiry dates. This way you know exactly what you have, what needs using up and what to buy.
Get into the habit of checking what you have by making it the first step of a routine that could also include planning your weekday dinners and making a shopping list.
When you bring new groceries home from the shops try changing the position of the older groceries in your fridge or pantry. Move older items and any food that needs using up to the front and place newer items towards the back. This helps ensure that older food gets used and not wasted.
There are many other easy ways to reduce waste and recycle more. Find a small act that works for you and be part of Victoria’s sustainable future.