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Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Have you signed up to take part in A Week Less Wasted? Our nationwide sponsored challenge to reduce food waste for a week in August.

There’s still time. Sign up, ask your family and friends to back you and then let no food go to waste for a week.

We’re here to share some of our top FoodCycle tips for reducing food waste in your home and office. 

  • Shop Smart – Check what you have and make a list before you go shopping. Only buy what you need.
  • Leftovers – Save and actually eat your leftovers. Keep them in labelled containers so you can keep track of them and make them a part of your daily routine.
  • Bananas – Keep them out of your fruit bowl. They will make all your fruit ripen quicker.

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  • Be Fridge Smart – Don’t let food go off at the back of the fridge. Move older food to the front so you can always see it.
  • Best Before – Don’t throw food away before its ‘Best Before’ date.  It’s still safe to eat and super tasty.
  • Eat the Skin – Leave the skin on your fruits and veggies. Not only is it tasty, but it’s full of nutrients and also reduces waste.

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  • Use the Yolk – Egg yolks are packed with nutrients, including protein, vitamin A, iron and vitamin B. Use the whole egg in your omelettes and scrambled eggs.
  • Keep Cool – It may seem simple but check your fridge temperature. It should be between 0-5°C to keep food fresh.
  • Fill Your Bin – Your food waste bin! You can recycle coffee grounds, eggshells, tea bags and peelings. If you have a garden you’ve got ready-made compost.
  • Freeze Friendly – Freeze your leftovers, milk and bread. Puree and freeze your leftover fruit and veg. Label and date everything for your convenience.

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  • Love Lunch – Making your own lunch can save you money, improve your cooking skills, reduce plastic waste and use up leftover food. What’s not to love.
  • Skip a Shop – Skip your food shop one day a week and cook a meal with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.
  • Keep Track – Write down what you’re throwing away. You’ll be able to spot patterns and plan your meals with greater care.

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  • Blend Bits – Blending smoothies are a tasty and healthy way of using fruits and veggies. You can add stems, tops, ends and peels to really make the most of your ingredients.

You might also be interested in our Recipes to Reduce Food Waste.


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