Stop Food WasteFood Waste Prevention
Stop Food WasteFood Waste Prevention
On average, each household in Ireland throws away about €700 worth of avoidable food waste each year. This translates into about one third of each weekly shop never reaching the table. On a national level, we dump half a million tonnes of food annually.
Reasons so much of our food gets binned include over-buying, incorrect storage, failure to use food before it expires and sometimes a lack of cooking skills. Wasting food is also a waste of the energy, water, land and labour that has gone into the production and distribution of that food.
The cost of wasting food is not restricted to our pockets and our resources, however. There is an important, but often hidden, environmental price to pay for wasting food.
Organic waste that ends up in landfill can break down to produce materials that pollute our soil, water and air. While landfills in Ireland do have adequate safety measures to mitigate this pollution risk, we are still obliged to follow EU legislation in reducing the volume of organic waste to landfill.
Wasting food can also contribute to climate change. As food breaks down into its constituent nutrients, climate change gases, such as methane, are released into the atmosphere.This means that preventing food waste is an important, albeit often overlooked, climate change mitigation measure.
With some thought, planning and a little kitchen creativity, it is possible to reduce food waste and help both your pocket and the environment.
Easy tips for preventing food waste and saving cash!
1. Check your fridge and cupboards to see what you have – or take a pic on your smart phone!
2. Plan your meals for the week
3. Make a shopping list (and stick to it..!)
4. Avoid multi deals unless you are certain you’ll use them – especially salads and bread
5.Store your food properly
6. Go to www.stopfoodwaste.ie for more tips
Leftovers you’ll love……..
We just love leftovers! And we’re always on the look out for new recipes involving involving leftovers. Here’s one of our favs.
We’d love you to share your favourite leftover recipes with us! If you’d like your recipe to feature on our website, simply type it into our contact form and we’ll pop it up here. Looking forward to it :).
Reducing Waste at ChristmasHave a Green Christmas
Christmas is traditionally a time of food, fun, gifts and happiness so it is no surprise that it has become a time of great consumption and a time of peak waste. We have put together a range of tips to help you be nice to the environment while still having a lovely Christmas season. CLICK HERE FOR OUR GREEN CHRISTMAS TIPS on gifts, gift wrapping, decorations and food to have a Greener Christmas that can help cut your spending as well as your waste.
EWWREuropean Week of Waste Reduction
The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is a pan-European environmental initiative held in November each year that aims to promote the actions that encourage and raise-awareness about sustainable resource and waste management. Everyone including public authorities, private companies, civil society and individuals can get involved by conducting a waste reduction activity and registering it as an action on the EWWR web site. For further information see the EWWR web site .
EWWRReusable cups trending in DCU
The campaign aimed to reduce the volume of disposable cups used on the campus. It is estimated that 1 million disposable coffee cups are used each year in Ireland and that using just one disposable cup each day for a year creates about 11kg of waste. While many throw-away cups carry a recycling symbol, the plastic coating used on such cups means that they are generally not recyclable at all -instead they must be consigned to landfill, where each cup takes weeks to break down.
At the KeepMeDCU launch 100 reusable travel mugs were given away free to students, most of whom interacted with the social media campaign through likes, posting selfies and in one case doing a mannequin challenge! Coffee outlets on campus joined the effort by giving a cash discount to anyone using a reusable cup for the duration of EWWR.