Solutions for food waste (a follow-up from Trash Talking)

Libby Hendry

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After reading Trash Talking, you may be wondering what steps can be taken to reduce your own food waste. Here is a small list of easy and affordable steps to take to minimise your food waste. Each time we waste food, there is just a need for more to be produced continuing the food waste cycle.

 

Beeswax wraps are a great plastic wrap alternative. You can make them yourself or easily buy them online or in a shop. l Source: Libby Hendry

One easy step to take is to store food properly, especially meat. Storing products like this in the freezer allows them to last a lot longer and not be wasted as easily.

If storing leftovers in the fridge, a good eco-friendly alternative to glad wrap and other plastic is beeswax sheets. They are reusable and a great way to make a small change for helping the environment.

Another option when cooking home meals is to make smaller portions so that there are not many leftovers that will go to waste. If you do find that there are leftovers or there is food at home that will not be used, the app Olio can be used to give away food so that it can be used by others and not get thrown out unnecessarily.

 

An example of beeswax wrap storing some dinner leftovers.
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The app that has been coined “The Food Sharing Revolution” is an incredible platform for people to share their unwanted food with others nearby. Although it started overseas, it has found its feet in Christchurch and is a great place to offer others unwanted food products that would otherwise go to waste.

Even though the scale of food waste may seem like a profound global issue, any change you make at a local level will still have a positive impact the environment.

 

 

The app that has been coined “The Food Sharing Revolution” is an incredible platform for people to share their unwanted food with others nearby. Although it started overseas, it has found its feet in Christchurch and is a great place to offer others unwanted food products that would otherwise go to waste.

 

The Olio app in use, showing what food is available in the area
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The apps logo Cr: Olio

 

Even though the scale of food waste may seem like a profound global issue, any change you make at a local level will still have a positive impact the environment.