The small act of sticking to your shopping list has a big impact on reducing food going to waste because you only buy what you need.
Just by making and sticking to a shopping list, you can:
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.
There are many ways to make a list. Whether you use pen and paper or a meal planning and shopping list app, choose whatever works for you.
Going shopping when you’re hungry makes it harder for you to stick to your shopping list and you may end up buying more food than you need. Have a snack before you go.
If you usually shop in the same store, try organising your list by section of the store or according to how you go through the store. This can save you time and stress, especially when it’s busy.
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.