Stick to your shopping list

Last updated: 27 May 2022
Illustration of a person pushing a shopping cart with a list in their hand.

Small acts are all it takes to make a big impact

Just by making and sticking to a shopping list, you can:

  • save time – making a well-organised list before you go shopping means you will be in and out of the shops in no time.
  • save money as you only buy what you need which prevents overbuying or buying what you already have at home.
  • reduce food going to waste because you only buy what you need which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of valuable resources.

It’s a small act with a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.

Why it matters

Food waste in Victoria

  • Each year, Victorian households throw away 250,000 tonnes of edible food – enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.
  • The average household in Victoria throws away $2,136 a year in wasted food.
  • Almost two thirds of the food Victorian households throw away could have been eaten.

(Sustainability Victoria, Path to Half Report, 2020)

The environmental impact

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.

Tips and tricks

Make a list

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.

Don't shop hungry

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.

Organise your list

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.

Find a small act that works for you

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.