This post is inspired by Fiona’s posts on the environment. The idea is directly taken from the recent BBC David Attenborough documentary.
On the documentary, they give this step which will make a direct impact on the amount of green house gases you put out.
Happily, it will also save you money.
And you can do it without changing your lifestyle. No ashes and sack cloth.
One easy thing to do is use all the food you buy and cook.
OK, it may involve a little change of practice and a little planning.
When grocery shopping, I don’t put things in the trolley out of habit. Unfortunately Mr S doesn’t look in our fridge or cupboard for what we already have before he shops, so often buys stuff we already hav. While he plans our meals, he often over buys stuff, like tonnes more grapes than we can eat before they go off.
We do eat most of our leftovers – for lunch, if I’m lucky. With two grown male offspring, leftovers are often gone – as midnight snacks, breakfasts, afternoon snacks, after dinner suppers.
However, we do toss a bit. Food put in the fridge for later and then pushed to the back and forgotten. Fruit that goes off, especially once it is a little over-ripe, it gets left to fully go off. Cheese bought and not eaten. Veggies mouldering in the bottom of the fridge.
The Chaser’s War on Waste said the average Australian family throw away $3,500 of food every year.
Imagine if your share stayed in your pocket? That’s a good holiday!
And by not having food waste, you will make a contribution to the environment.
My new mini-challenge is to not throw out any food. Fruit tends to be my worst area.
Stay tuned for how I go in this challenge.
In the week since drafting this, I have thrown out some raspberries. They were off in the container in the fridge.
And an end of bread that had gone mouldy.
And some grapes. And some yoghurt that Dirty Boy put in a bowl to eat but then didn’t want to – he is very sick and hasn’t been eating. After he breathed on it, no way would I save the food.
The raspberries and grapes end up in our work farm. Still there was a lot of energy consumed in the product, processing, transportation and storage of these products.