Have you ever thought about how much food you waste and the impact it has? It greatly affects the environment, from the cost to the land required to grow the food to farming it and the transportation to the store. Every time we waste food, part of this process is wasted. And that doesn’t even include the food waste in your own home and the impact on your wallet.
Households in developed countries waste an enormous amount of food each year. It may not seem like you’re throwing much out after a meal, when you clean out your fridge, or when a product expires, but over time it really adds up. Follow these ten simple ways to cut down on food waste to help you be more cost-efficient and lower your impact on the environment…
1. Make a List and Stick To It
Although it sounds obvious, making a grocery list and sticking to it is one of the easiest ways to cut down on food waste. Think of all the times you go to the store and pick up a whole bunch of items not on your list. These impulse buys are common and they have a significant impact on how much money you spend at the grocery store, as well as how much food you waste. You probably already make a grocery list, but as you know, only buying what’s on it can be difficult. Sticking to your list will easily lower how much food you waste.