Mesh bag with fruits

How to Reduce Food Waste

There are many ways on how to lower the amount of food you waste in a day by simply acknowledging how much food you take, thinking you will eat it all.

Here are some methods on how to lower the amount of food you waste:

1)​ Shop Smarter
Purchasing more food than needed results in a large amount of food waste; whether it is the food going bad from not being used, or just the fact that you did not eat it.

2) ​Proper Storage of Food
Efficiently storing your food can help reduce a large amount of food that can go bad. A huge contributor to food spoiling is the fact that some foods produce more ethylene gas than others. The ethylene ripens the food faster which leads to the spoilage of the food. Foods that produce ethylene gas include:

●  Bananas

●  Avocados

●  Tomatoes

●  Cantaloupes

●  Peaches

●  Pears

●  Green Onions

Tip:​ Keep other types of food away from these fruits and vegetables because the ethylene gas that they emit can spoil any food nearby.

3) ​Donate Unused Food to Food Banks
If there is food in your pantry or fridge that you know you or your family are not going to eat then donating it before it expires to a food bank is an effective way of reducing food waste. This way, you are cutting down the amount of food you throw out within your family and you are donating to people who are in need of that extra food.

Chart showing amount of food wasted globally

join us
Become a friend of Sustainable Orillia and be part of a growing movement. Your donation directly supports our programs, activities and publications.
you may also like