I saw an article on the Belfast City Council website about cutting back on waste this Christmas & thought it was worth covering here.
When you're putting together lists to go to the stores or local shops for food and drink have a think about how you can reduce waste & do your bit for the environment by planning ahead:
Some foods have more impact on climate change than others because of the way they are produced, packaged, transported or cooked. Try following these tips:
Save money on fuel and cut emissions by walking, using public transport or car-sharing with a friend or relative when you go shopping.
Many food items are sold with large amounts of packaging, much of which is unnecessary. Not only does the packaging take up room in your bin but it also uses up valuable resources during production. You can reduce it by:
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avoiding unnecessary, or excessive, packaging
opting for loose items, such as fruit and vegetables, when possible
only buying packaged items that can be recycled
always taking a reusable bag with you when shopping - keep it in your car so you always have it handy
choosing packaging that is labelled as biodegradable or compostable.
Did you know that the average UK household spends more than £400 a year on food that ends up in the bin? Throwing food away wastes the energy used to produce, package and transport it.
Avoid food waste by following these tips:
write a list before you go shopping so you are less likely to buy unnecessary items
don’t go shopping when you’re hungry - research shows you're more likely to 'impulse buy' on an empty stomach
plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what you need
always use leftovers - try using vegetables in a stir-fry or use leftover chicken or beef in sandwiches
if you can't use leftovers up, freeze them for another time