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What is the Best Single Piece of Advice for Reducing Food Waste At Home?

August 26, 2021
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This article was a compilation with many other “zero-waste” bloggers. Click through to to read them all!


Q: What is the best advice you can give us to avoid wasting food at home?

A: My favorite “First Thing’s First” advice is to buy less food to begin with! Most families end up throwing away almost 20% of what they bring home from the grocery store. We’re conditioned to think we need a huge abundance and variety at all times, but we could do with less. Try writing out a menu plan for the week and using those meal ideas to make a grocery list. Make a quick list of snacks, fruit, cheeses, and veggies you’ll buy – then see if you can cross off a few ideas and buy those next week instead. Also, before you shop, physically check in your pantry to see what you have so you don’t overbuy. Taking these free and easy steps will actually save you money, they will save you time because you’ll be buying and putting away less, and you will naturally be more likely to eat what you have and thus reduce wasted food at home.

By Alison Mountford from Ends+Stems Meal Plans to Reduce Food Waste

Alison Mountford is the Founder and CEO of Ends+Stems, a meal planning service designed to reduce household food waste and stop the effects of climate change. Alison has been named a Rubicon Waste Fit Champion, was a finalist for the Spoon Tech Startup Showcase, and has appeared on many podcasts and radio shows, and works as a food waste consultant.

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