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Easy ways to reduce waste

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It's easy to feel like wasting food doesn't matter - if you can afford it, what difference does it make?

But when you think about the money spent on uneaten food, and the environmental cost it took to make it, wrap it, and transport it, it really begins to add up.

The average Aussie is wasting 145 kg of food each year. Multiply that by 20 million Australians, and you start to see that it's a really big problem for our environment, and creating a lot of landfill.

By switching to some better habits, and being more aware of our spending choices, we can make a big improvement to our environment without missing out on anything.

In fact, we'd have more money in our pockets than before!

So keep in mind these good habits next time you're shopping or cooking:

  • Shop after a meal, not before
  • Make a plan for what you need to buy instead of winging it, or...
  • Learn a few recipes that can use up whatever you have to hand instead of relying on specific ingredients
  • Think ahead about what you'll do with any leftovers
  • Check your fridge, freezer and pantry regularly to use up anything that's lurking unused

How well did you do with this challenge? If there's still some food you don't know what to do with, leave us a comment and we'll think of something!

And if you've got an idea for another challenge, please let G Magazine know - we'd love to hear from you.