10 billion people will set foot on our beloved mother earth in 2050. That’s a lot. Luckily, we are slowly changing our food habits, otherwise, we would need another planet. And although we are looking forward to human settlement of Mars, we can improve a lot on the planet Earth by reducing our food waste. Globally, we waste 1,3 billion tons of food per year. That’s one-third of the entire production! This sounds like we could shrink our footprint, sounds like we could shrink it a lot.
How can I help, I live here, you ask? Well, it's your lucky day because we made a list of 9 helpful and easy tips.
1. Store your food correctly
If you store fruits and vegetables the wrong way this can lead to premature ripening, or worse, rot. For instance, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, and onions should never be refrigerated. These items should be kept at room temperature.
Then there’s food that produces ethylene gas like: bananas, avocados, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peaches and pears. Ethylene is a gas that loves to ripen food. Therefore, keep your other food separate from these if you don’t want to speed up this process.
2. Save some leftovers
If you happen to cook a lot and you regularly have leftovers, designate a day to ''leftover day.'' It’s a great way to avoid throwing away food, and what’s the point of throwing away food when there isn’t a food fight?
You can also freeze leftovers from meals. This way you can ensure you always have a healthy, home-cooked meal available.
3. Eat the skin
Ok ok, easy Hannibal we mean the skin of fruits and veggies. So many nutrients are located in the outer layer. For example, apple skins contain a large amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The outer layers of potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, mangoes, kiwis and eggplants are also edible and nutritious.
4. Stick to your shopping list
Impulsive purchases are not always the best decisions. Because eyes are bigger than one's stomach... that's why it's a bad idea to go shopping when you're hungry. Be especially careful with products with a short shelf life.
5. Don’t judge your food by it’s cover
Buy food in all sorts of odd shapes, or with spots. If they’re not damaged or rotten you can eat it. They’re often reduced in price and also great for smoothies or soup.
6. Food waste haute cuisine
Did you know you can also save food and be fancy at the same time? Restaurants like Instock (Dutch restaurant) are cooking with ingredients the supermarket can’t sell anymore. Dishes include pickled red velvet and beer made out of bread or potatoes. Bon appetite!
7. Sharing is caring
Share more, waste less. Share your leftovers with neighbors and friends. If you wish to share but don’t know with whom, there’s an app called Olio that helps you find the right people.
8.To good to go App
There are also apps that show stores in your neighborhood with products that are about to expire, such as ToGoodToGo. Our beloved Plenny Drink was even there once, so nothing got wasted (except maybe your drunk uncle on New Year's eve.)
9. It doesn't get more simple than this
If you care about food waste, but it sounds like too much hassle, we know just the product for you. With Plenny Shake you can measure out the calories precisely so nothing is wasted, it has a shelf-life of 12-months AND it’s easy to store. Let’s save some food. 🍴