19 tons of food are thrown away in Germany - every single minute. Find out about what the actual problem is and where waste occurs in Part 1 of our Food Waste Blogpost.
To explore what you can do to prevent waste from happening in the first place read this.
The big issue.
60 % of food waste can be traced back to the producers.
However, there is still a tremendous 40% of waste for which we as consumers are solely responsible.
"Then I'll just throw away the lettuce, I mean it cost only 90 cents anyways...". Unfortunately, food does not have a high value for us but is just there without saying. Furthermore, there is an oversupply of food that almost overwhelms us every time we go shopping. Which one of the 300 different yoghurt types will it be today? We are used rows of products that are always in stock at the supermarket and in case something is actually sold out, we tend to complain: "Can't they forecast properly?"
All in all, we will finally have to start handle food more consciously. Because we cannot take it for granted.
That is what you can do.
Obviously, no one actually intends to throw away food in the moment of purchase, that's for sure. And yet this utopian waste figure comes about. And each individual is equally responsible for that.
You need a plan.
Why not simply plan your purchase a bit more carefully. Buy only what you will actually consume and cook only as much as you will actually eat. If in doubt, go more often instead of letting the week's shopping degenerate again.
Ask yourself once in a while: do I really need to open 10 different spreads at the same time? Particularly fruits and vegetables end up in the garbage more often than planned (34%). Just imagine: every third time you buy this juicy pine apple or that healthy broccoli, you are too busy or too lazy to actually prepare them for lunch or dinner. Fruits for instance, that are not that fresh anymore can easily be used to make smoothies. And who does not love smoothies? ;-) Vegetables are in most cases perfectly alright as part of a pan dish or for a curry. Besides, to keep vegetables fresh beeswax wraps could help you.
Leftovers do not equal waste.
Sometimes you don't have the required inspiration to create a delicious dish. Yo, we know that feeling, no worries. Did you know: apps like "Zu gut für die Tonne" -> "Too Good for the Bin" or "Eat Smarter" will help you find cool recipes that'll convert your leftovers into a smart dishes.
If there's still something left, register on "Foodsharing" to give your leftovers away. Someone else will be more than happy to use them. And your trash will be thankful to you for the relief.
Just try to give it another honest thought.
Bakery products account for 14% of waste, what could also be easily prevented by freezing in some of the bread. You just have to keep it in mind early enough, before it turns into something funny with exciting colours and forms and .... you get my point ;-).
in Germany for instance (I am sure there are plenty of solutions in your respective countries) also had a clever idea: the "Iss-mich-zuerst" ("eat-me-first") box, which is quite self-explanatory.
Often, there are also milk products that find their way into the trash bin (9%). Do not confuse: it says "best before date" and not "Immediately lethal".
What's more: not everything does necessarily go into the refrigerator. The proper know-how about the correct storage of food is essential for the avoidance of food waste.
And the very best of all of it? It saves money! Look at it from a different angle: understand it as an investment. It might be a pain in the beginning and will take some time. I am sure you will quickly learn a lot about how to properly store food ..but it will repay in the longterm as avoiding waste also impacts your wallet ;-). On average, food worth €300 per person ends up in the trash in Germany.
Bottom line: try to be a tiny bit more conscious especially when it comes to shopping, it won't be so difficult any longer to avoid wasting food. So let's fight Food Waste together.