Become food savvy and save both your wallet and the environment. According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture, one-third of the food produced in the garbage can end up making food waste one of the world’s foremost environmental hazards.
Each year, Swedish households dump 270,000 tonnes of food, which equals as much carbon dioxide emissions as 700,000 cars.
Statistics Sweden has conducted a study
That shows that a two-child family can save USD 7,000 a year from not throwing away food unnecessarily, and there is little need to remedy the waste; plan food purchases, eat up the food on the plate and take care of the leftovers. Become a food savvy and start saving money today.
To counteract the food waste, we have listed the food that is thrown the most:
- Food with the end best label.
- Leftover food because we cook too much.
- Fruits and vegetables, mainly potatoes.
- Pasta and rice, milk, file and yogurt.
This will save you money on reducing waste
A common misconception that many people make is that the best marking applies on the day, but the fact is that the food companies set the dates by margins. For example, they put three weeks of shelf life on eggs which, in fact, have two months of shelf life if stored at the right temperature.
When cooking, it is important to address food waste by not taking too much food on the plate and saving the food that is left over, why not use it as a good homemade lunch box the next day?
Since fruits, vegetables and potatoes are a form of fresh produce, it is not surprising that they account for a large part of the food being thrown away. One tip to counteract the waste is to not buy large packages just because it is extra cost because in the end it becomes more expensive when you have to throw away food.
Finally, we have pasta, rice, milk, file and yogurt
For these and for really all types of food, try to get in the habit of doing a quick inventory in the fridge, freezer and pantry at least once a week. Suggested before you go shopping. Then it becomes easier to plan what goods you need to consume in the next few days, what goods you need to supplement with and just like that you have saved on both the wallet and the environment.
Remember! By investing a few minutes and becoming food savvy you can do wonders for both your finances and your surroundings.