Top 10 Tips to reduce food waste for a sustainable Christmas

Did you know reducing food waste not only saves money its good for the planet? When you chuck a wilted lettuce in your normal household bin, it ends up in landfill.

As there’s no oxygen in the depths of a pile of landfill rubbish, the bacteria helping to decompose your lettuce release methane instead of carbon dioxide. Methane is 28 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, over a 100-year period. Source ABC Science

Keep the faith, there are many ways to still enjoy the festive season and do good by the planet save money and enjoy a sustainable Christmas.

Ten Top Tips to reduce food waste for a Sustainable Christmas

  1. Plan meals and portions sizes

Christmas is the time we often overindulge then complain about the increase in our waist line, by planning our portions and serving on a smaller plate we are given the impression we have plenty to eat.

Planning the menu and meal planning, writing a shopping list and sticking to it is the best way to reduce food waste.

  1. Declutter your cupboards

Why buy what you already have? Declutter your cupboards and discover what’s lurking there, you may find just what you are looking for to finish that special recipe. Also, let your imagination run wild and try new recipes with the household staples.

  1. Check the freezer before buying more

With lots of food coming into the house, now is a good time to declutter your freezer, compost out of date food, and be on the look out for food you can use for Christmas.

  1. Ask guests their likes and dislikes

Stop guessing and ask your guests what they like, don’t like, check for allergies and dietary requirements. There is no point spending your time or money on food that won’t be eating

  1. Buy fresh local produce, it last longer

When we buy locally grown food, we are supporting our local farmers, the food has travelled less miles and generally fresh lasts longer when stored under the right conditions. In January 2020 Tanya is sharing her 30 years’ experience of sustainable living and 10 years as an Eco Organiser® with 10 lovely ladies at a 2-day women’s retreat in Hepburn Springs. Not only learning how to ethically declutter and live a more sustainable lifestyle you will be nourished by food that is grown no more than 15km from your plate.  To find out more visit Re treat Re store get organised for the rest of your life

 

 

  1. Store food at the right temperature

At Christmas we often try new recipes requiring ingredients that maybe foreign to us, if in doubt on how to store these new delights ask your butcher, fish monger, green grocer, cheese and dairy supplier. Prepare yourself for hot weather when shopping so ensure you have a cooler bag, esky, car fridge ready to your non-perishables.

  1. Keep it simple, why spend the day cooking!

Plan ahead and prepare any dishes helps keep things simple, giving you more time to enjoy the day. Choose quality ingredients over quantity and let the produce speak for itself, this helps keep it simple, reduce waste and saves you time.

  1. Compost food scraps and freezer leftovers

Compost any food scraps and to feed back into your garden, or feed pot plants on the balcony or window sill. When freezing leftovers ensure they are clearly labelled and dated to avoid turning into lost frozen deposits lurking in the freezer!

  1. Ask guests to bring an empty doggy bag for leftovers

No warm in asking guest to bring a clean reusable container.

  1. Recycle Food Waste with others

Check out Share Waste a great app for sharing your waste within your community, your leftovers may make a lovely Christmas surprise for the neighbour chooks. Want to recycle more? Check out Eco Organiser Useful Links there are over 100 ways to responsibly reduce, reuse and recycle waste and clutter.

 

 


Top 10 tips for a Sustainable Christmas

Christmas can be stressful enough without the idea of more new stuff cluttering our homes, but what about our planet, how will Mother Earth cope with more new STUFF!

As Eco Organiser® writes this blog, stores are spruiking it’s less than 4 weeks to Christmas, their shelves are heaving with decorations and gifts for sale.

In other words they are saying – Buy Now! Consume! Don’t miss out! Continue reading


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20 Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas

Struggling to find a ways to celebrate  a sustainable Christmas, without costing the earth, check out our top 20 tips for  sustainable Christmas.

  1. Reusable gifts over disposable, example a beautiful refillable fountain pen
  2. Experiences over stuff- Movie tickets, days to together
  3. Repurpose- household paper and fabric for gift wrapping
  4. Make it, bake it, grow it- gifts, decorations- fill recycled jars with edible gifts
  5. Think and shop local- coffee vouchers for local café
  6. Recycled content- look for gifts with high recycled content
  7. 100 Food Mile- source food within your local area, enjoy a meat free Christmas
  8. Give the gift of time- hire a cleaner for a loved one, to free up time for good stuff
  9. Quality design over poor design and quality- generally lasts longer and repairable
  10. Read recycling labels- ensure your waste goes in the right bin
  11. Refuse excess packaging- look for products with less packaging, if you can’t avoid it, rethink how to reuse the packaging
  12. Accept it when someone tells you “ I don’t want a gift for Christmas, time with you is the perfect gift”
  13. Offer a helping hand- Gift your time and skills to help someone
  14. Reduce food waste- plan, plan and plan your menu and portions
  15. Walk between Christmas functions- leave the car at home, walk, ride a bike or take public transport
  16. Collaborative Consumption- rather than buy tools and toys join your local tool library or toy library
  17. Less is More- put money towards a one big gift rather than small things which clutter your home example: family holiday
  18. Sustain yourself- delegate chores and food preparation
  19. Preloved and fair-trade gifts
  20. Ask what people would like for Christmas, if you are uncomfortable asking play the detective and snoop.

 

Bonus tip: Offset your Christmas carbon footprint, check out https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Is there someone in your life that would benefit from a little decluttering and order, why not order a signed copy of our Tanya’s book STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter.

From all the team at Eco Organiser® we would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to bringing more tips, ideas, workshops and webinars to you in 2019

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