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How to make the most of your Christmas meals

Christmas dinner table

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas round here... For me, that means parties for work and with friends as well as with my family. I don’t know about you, but my favourite ones are those that have a meal involved! Dinner, lunch, BBQs, drinks, I love it all and firmly believe in the more the merrier.

But there’s a bit of a down side to all this eating and drinking - it also leads to a lot of waste. No-one wants to look like a stingy host, so they over-cater. And sometimes even when we plan our meals, we aren’t a very good judge of how much people will actually eat and drink.

It might not seem like a big deal, but this abundance isn’t very good for the environment.
When we throw food away, we’re also throwing away the time and effort and resources (soil, water, fertiliser, transport, and packaging) that it took to bring it to us. To add insult to injury, if food goes into landfill, it creates methane gases which contribute to climate change! Meanwhile there are people out there who don’t have enough to eat. It’s not very logical or fair, is it?

So what can we do to make this situation better? Two years ago we did a challenge on reducing our food waste. These are the tips we came up with:

We also learned how we could make sure that perfectly fine food leftover from shops and restaurants goes to feed the needy and homeless. It’s the season for giving, after all.

I can tell you from experience that these tips really work. Since doing the challenge I rarely have any food in my wheelie bin at all. My neighbour is kind enough to take my bins out each week, so I’m happy to make it more pleasant for him by not having smelly food leftovers in there!

This silly season, see if you can notice any food waste in your home or where you have an influence, and see if you can help reduce it in some way. If you make a change, let us know how you did it in the comments here so we can learn from your good example!