Did you know that...


  • Food is wasted because many of us buy too much, cook too much and don’t plan meals.
  • Most of our food waste ends up in landfill. When food waste breaks down it produces methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.
  • Wasting food also wastes the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, transport and market that food.

Things you can do to avoid wasting food: 


  • Plan your weekly menu in advance.
  • Check what food you have in the fridge and pantry and think about what else you need to buy to create meals.
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it when you go to the supermarket.
  • Select fruit and vegetables that will be ripe by the time you are ready to use them.
  • Think carefully before buying food that is on special - will you be able to use it all?
  •  Always check the use-by date, best-before date and packaging for correct storage methods.
  • Carefully measure serving sizes when cooking.
  • Freeze and reuse leftover food to create new meals.
  • Use airtight containers to help keep food fresher for longer.

More storage tips for different types of food including bread, pastry and cakes, cereals, pasta and rice, vegetables, fruit, dairy and eggs, meat and fish go to:

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