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How to reduce your food waste at home

It's Food Waste Action Week from 6th until 12th March - What can you do to help?

The UK throws away 9.5 million tonnes of food each year, with over a third of that waste coming from households (WARP UK). The majority of this waste is made up of food that could have been eaten, such as bread, fruits, and vegetables.

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Reducing food waste is an important way to save money, conserve resources, and help protect the environment. Here are some tips on how to reduce food waste:

  1. Plan meals and make a grocery list: Plan your meals for the week ahead and make a grocery list before you go shopping. This will help you buy only what you need and avoid impulse purchases. This also gives you the opportunity to batch cook and prepare lunches week by week.

  2. Buy only what you need: Buy only the amount of food that you need for the week, and try to use up what you have before buying more. Our Moonmoon reusable silicone bags are great for refill shops. Companies such as Milk and More are also offering refill options alongside their curb side milk deliveries.

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  3. Donate food: If you have non-perishable food items that you won't use, consider donating them to a local food bank or charity or even a shelter.

  4. Store food properly: Store your food properly to extend its shelf life. Proper storage can help to keep food fresh for longer. Use airtight containers to store dry goods, reusable silicone bags, or wrap food tightly in beeswax wraps to reduce exposure to air and keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge to keep them fresh for longer. Ditch the wasteful cling film and switch to Beeswax Wraps for covering your already prepared food. Our Stainless Steel Snack pots are perfect for meal prep.

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  5. Use leftovers: Instead of throwing out leftovers, use them to make new meals. For example, use leftover chicken to make a chicken salad, or use leftover vegetables in a stir-fry. Another example, leftover cooked vegetables can be added to an omelette or a soup. Our reusable silicone bags are perfect for storing leftovers in the fridge or freezer. 

  6. Freeze food: If you have food that you won't be able to use before it spoils, consider freezing it. This will extend its shelf life and give you more time to use it. Our Silicone storage bags are ideal for freezing a various of food items from fruit and veg, soup, leftover meals and more.

  7. Compost: If you have food scraps, consider composting them. This will reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

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By following these tips, you can reduce your food waste and save money while also helping the environment.

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