HOW TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE AT HOME
While our goal at ORCA is to provide a sustainable food waste solution to large organizations like restaurants, stadiums and grocery stores, we should take the time to understand that these organizations are only part of the much larger picture that is food waste.
According to Value Chain Management International Inc. (VMC), consumers accounted for 47% of the food waste that occurred through Canada's Food Value Chain in 2014. With nearly half of the world's food waste occurring in our own homes, it's important to not only become more aware of the food waste we create on a daily basis but to make the necessary strides to change our habits.
Here are five small changes you can make to help reduce the amount of food waste you and your family create at home.
COOK AND SHOP ACCORDING TO YOUR GROCERY STORE'S FLYER
Shopping and cooking according to your local grocery store's flyer is a great way to not only reduce food waste, but also helps you save money, too! When your weekly flyer comes in the mail, look through it and see what is on sale and plan your meals according to the flyer. Not only will you avoid buying things you don't need but you'll never be stumped for what to cook for dinner.
FREEZE YOUR EXCESS FOOD
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Freezing perishables like meat and fruit is a great way to avoid spoilage from happening in your fridge. Whether it's freezing excess meat from a value pack or freezing fruits for smoothies for the summer, keeping them frozen will really stretch the value of your dollar.
EXPIRATION DATES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE
The habit of throwing out food on its expiration date is something that we as consumers need to address. While expiration dates are a good indicator of when spoilage may occur, they aren't entirely accurate. If you store your food properly, the food will still be okay to consume a few days after the date.
TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT FOOD WASTE
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It's important to instill good habits in your little ones, which includes being aware of food waste. Teaching your kids about avoiding food waste will instill good habits that they will carry on as they grow, ensuring they do their part to help reduce food waste in the future.
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