It’s April!!! Which means all month long we will be focusing on Stop Food Waste and Sustainability!!! Also – mark you calendars for April 28th 2021 to celebrate Stop Food Waste Day with us!
Sustainability is an important topic, and there are so many of us that want to do our part in reducing waste and improving the well-being of our planet. Here are a few simple, easy ways that you can live more sustainably and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle that can make a difference in the world! Let’s kick off Stop Food Waste Month on a sustainable note!
Reduce food waste:
- How many times have you thrown away food that went bad? Make a grocery list of the things that you need and stick to it; this will stop you from buying unnecessary food items.
- Some food items can be placed in your freezer before they go bad to use at another time. Try freezing your bananas that went brown and use them in a smoothie instead of throwing them away!
- Save your leftovers and use them as ingredients in your next meal; try adding to a soup, salad, or stir fry.
- Check your pantry and fridge before shopping; you might already have what you thought you needed.
- Skip the produce bags at the grocery store; try out reusable produce bags instead. These are machine washable and durable–two things plastic bags are not!
- Using a few reusable totes at the store can quickly reduce the amount of waste from plastic or paper grocery bags. Reusable bags can easily be stored in your car for all kinds of shopping!
- Buy more bulk food and fewer packaged products when possible.
- Preparing food in advance can help you save money and reduce waste, and it only requires spending some extra time at the beginning of the week.
- Meal prepping will push you to use what you have instead of buying more food.
- Prepare more whole foods; plant-based food like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes have a much lower environmental impact than animal products.
Ditch the plastic:
- Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop.
- Avoid single-use plastic straws; use washable metal straws instead!
- Plastic wrap and baggies are very wasteful; they get used once then end up in a landfill. There are great alternatives available such as eco-friendly beeswax wrap and reusable silicone bags.
How will you approach sustainable living? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!