On October 16thFAO World Food Day will be celebrated. The aim is to declare its commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.
Helpling, the website and mobile app through which you can book a trusted local cleaner, and My Foody, the Italian startup that allows to buy food which is going to be thrown away in markets, wrote a mini-guide to help people not to waste their food and contribute to make the world a better place where to live.
The National Environment Agency estimates around half of all food waste is created by households. So the good news is we can all make a difference with small changes to the way we buy, eat and dispose of food at home.
6 ways you can reduce food waste at home:
1. donate to a food bank: if you have non-perishable food that’s been hiding at the back of the cupboard or pantry for a while (but is still in date), take it to a food bank;
2. shop smart: buy less food. Simple, right? But seriously, this is one of the most important things you can do. More often than not, some of the food we buy in the supermarket will spoil before it’s eaten and get thrown away;
3. work with what you’ve got: regularly check use-by dates and make meals using items that are reaching their expiry date. This will help reduce the amount of food you throw out, and the different combinations of ingredients can make for some exciting meals;
4. store food properly;
5. serve sensible portions;
6. reuse, recycle: many items that you might just toss in the bin once you’ve used them still have life left in them.