Five ways to reduce food waste during European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2014

european week for waste reduction 2014 ewwrIf you’re missing all the fun and frolics of Zero Waste Week, I have just the thing for you!

The sixth annual European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) begins tomorrow.

They estimate around 12,000 actions ranging from reducing waste to reusing and recycling, will take place across 28 countries.

The aim is to raise awareness about resource efficiency and the circular economy in order to change our behaviours and habits.

What I like about this campaign is the emphasis is not so much on recycling, but goes right back to avoiding waste in the first place. Which is, after all, the first R – Reduce…

The main theme for this year is one of my favourites – reducing food waste. During EWWR there will be cooking lessons, food storage ideas and workshops available to people across Europe.

They say a European citizen throws away nearly 500 kg of waste yearly pm average, while recycling less than half of it – and in some countries almost none of it. So EWWR recognise that more efforts are needed to change people’s habits at home, work and when shopping.

As food waste is a topic close to my heart, here are some of the ideas we incorporate into life at Zero Waste Towers to avoid food waste:

Turn your fridge on its head:

Slimy bags of salad in the drawer? Not in this house! We keep things that go off quickly on the TOP SHELF of the fridge where it can be seen. The salad drawers are used for things that last much longer like mayonnaise and curry sauce.

Take an inventory:

Every morning when you reach for the milk, make a quick note of which foods need using up then…

Menu plan:

Menu planning doesn’t really work for me but I do take a look at what needs using over the next couple of days and plan our meals around those items.

Don’t shop when hungry:

You’ll come home with all sorts of offers and bargains you won’t actually eat because you were led around the store by your stomach and not your brain.

Watch your words:

Leftovers? Not at Zero Waste towers – they’re INGREDIENTS! If you offer meals from serving dishes, anything left uneaten is clean and can be stored in the fridge for the next day.

What about you? How do you keep food waste to a minimum?

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Rachelle Strauss

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