I recently accepted a challenge to reduce our food waste by using up what we already have before buying any new, including dining out. There are new challenges every Wednesday, so feel free to join in!
What do you think when you hear this challenge? Do you think it would be difficult? Does it just make sense? Does it sound like what you already do or would you need to start cutting out some extraneous purchases because it just sounds good?
I know that I have.
I have recently begun a journey into green smoothies for myself (and my children) which has reduced a lot of food waste – particularly fruits, vegetables, and a lot of the other things I have been learning how to throw in there. I have been able to buy in bulk and freeze what I don’t use right away. I have yet to have a fruit or vegetable go to waste yet.
I was also sent a new product to try out that aims to reduce food waste as well. The Ozonator, The Green Refrigerator Machine is an award-winning, laboratory tested, FDA approved, newly patented device that cleanses and purifies the air inside the refrigerator keeping fruits, vegetables and perishables lasting longer – extending their useful life and health benefits. It works by replicating the Earth’s natural Ozone, delaying the onset of mold and decay, keeping food crisper and fresher. It is supposed to be able to save households up to $500 a year in unspoiled foods. Wouldn’t that be great?
The point of the challenge is to change your lifestyle so that you don’t have to think quite so hard about food going to waste. Having an option for fruits and veggies to make a healthy smoothie is one way to help. Trying out a device in your refrigerator that will allow your food to stay fresher longer is another.
But, what about thinking more carefully about what you buy when you go to the store, the farmers market, or even when you get your CSA box? What about planning your meals and snacks so you don’t need extra trips to the store before you have used up everything in the fridge, freezer, and cupboards that need to be?
I don’t deny that reducing extra purchases are going to save you money and other resources (especially if you drive), but I wonder how feasible it is to actually use everything you own before making another purchase.
The bottom line is that making better choices when you buy, making better choices when you make meals and snacks, and paying closer attention to expiration dates on anything that comes in a container is going to be most impactful.
The question is: can you, will you, do it?