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With lots of food coming into the house, now is a good time to declutter your freezer, compost out of date food, and be on the look out for food you can use for Christmas.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

 

 


Kitchen Declutter

Ringwood Declutter and Reduce Food Waste-The 10Rs™

Ringwood our declutter and reduce food waste event coming your way soon. Did you know the average Victorian family throws out $40 worth of food per week? We will show you how to declutter your kitchen and reduce waste, save, space and energy

It’s all under wraps but you will be the first to know, so watch this space. Our popular DECLUTTER -Eco Organiser® workshops are popping up everywhere.

We are still finalising details, as soon as we are organised we will share the where and how to book your ticket.

Did you know the Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions are?

  1. Get Fit
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Get Organised

To secure your seat Click Here

Tanya Lewis is a professional Eco Organiser® with an uncomplicated philosophy, borrowed from Gandhi.

“Living simply, so others can simply live”

And she is on a mission to divert waste from landfill and turn clutter into opportunities. Eco Organiser® blends traditional organising aims of creating order in our time and space, with an absolute passion for closing the loop.

From the bush to the boardrooms of Australia her educational tool The 10R’s™has been taught to over 5000+ people. Sharing her knowledge and expertise on how to declutter and simplify life, without costing the earth.

Founder of Eco Organiser® author of STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter, Sustainable Interior Designer, Organising Coach, blogger and visionary believes that being organised won’t cost the earth.

Learn

  • How to identify your clutter
  • How to write a shopping list and meal plan
  • How to declutter
  • How to eco organise your space without costing the earth
  • How to save money
  • How to save energy
  • How to let go

And have a lot of fun and laughs to rid your life of clutter, without costing the earth

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Reduce Food waste

Montmorency Declutter Your Kitchen and Reduce Food Waste- The 10R’s™

Learn how to declutter your kitchen and reduce food waste.

Food waste not only wastes money,  it also adds to our carbon footprint. Knowing how to store food in our refrigerator is a very simple way to reduce food waste. Did you know the average Victorian household throws out $40 worth of food a week? That is $2080 per year, can you imagine what you would do with an extra $2080 per year, how about $20 800 over ten years!

Wasted food is the world’s third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US, just by storing our food correctly reduces food waste.

We will share our tips on how to

  • Declutter and eco organise your kitchen
  • How to stop the takeaway take over
  • How to write a shopping list
  • Don’t get stuck in the food rut, recycle your favourite recipes
  • How to cook within your schedule
  • How to organise your fridge and pantry to reduce food waste, save time and money
  • Fall in love with your kitchen and rekindle your food love affair
  • How to create a beautiful kitchen on a shoe string budget
  • When to shop and the tools you need
  • How and where to store perishables

Food waste accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except China and the United States, according to a United Nations report. It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it

 Source: ABC News

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Did you know the average

  • Victoria throws out $4 billion worth of food each year – that’s enough to feed 367,000 families for a year, based on a weekly spend of $207
  • The average Victorian household throws out approximately $2,200 worth of food each year – that’s roughly equivalent to the annual cost of registering and insuring your car
  • Victoria throws out $700 million worth of leftovers per year- that’s enough to buy laptops for 580,000 school children
  • Victorian households throw out $437 million worth of take away food per year – that’s enough to buy school shoes for 3.6 million school children
  • Victorian households throw out $544 million worth of drinks per year – that’s enough to buy 13,500,000 textbooks for high school students

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