Reducing Waste

An average of 1/3 of the contents of average household bins is food waste.  Crazy right!  Here are some ideas to try & reduce that, whilst still getting in your 5 & 2.

The aim is to use everything, the ‘misshapen’, ‘ugly’ or imperfect vege.  Yup, I’m talking about eating the whole vegetable – skin, leaves & stalks.  OK sometimes you won’t be able to for safety reasons, but I bet there is a lot which could still be done.

Take your own produce bags to markets or shops
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Some ideas to reduce the waste:
Buy what you need, sounds pretty logical right?
Buy local produce, they have travelled less km’s to get to you
Buy in season, it will be fresher & often cheaper
Any wilted or limp vege is great in stock, soups or stews
Use any scraps or peel for the compost, your garden will love it
 
Sometimes the scraps can actually, you may want to plant some out.  Here a few to try out, of course there are many more options.
🌿 Carrots
Cut the tops off & place into a shallow dish of water.  The tops will sprout with greenery, which you can use in salads (like a herb).
🌿 Potatoes
We have all had them sprout in the cupboard.  Cut the eyes off & plant in lose rich soils to support the underground growth.
🌿 Pineapple
Those tops can be planted & often producing a couple of crops of pineapples.  Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family, which is popular as an ornamental plant, so maybe add a few into the garden.
🌿 Ginger
For this one start with Australian produce (imported ones have had a lot of chemical treatment prior to being shipped).  Add to organically enriched soil in a sunny position.  These have thick leafy foliage which is a great filler for a blank area in the garden – make it do double duty!
 
Some tips to help with waste reduction.  A big thanks to Fiona Maxwell for the gardening tips!
 
#ReduceWaste #GetWise #ShopLocal #DidNotKnowThat #MovingForward #ConsciouslyNutritious

Published by Shân

I am incredibly passionate about food and its healing power – it is pretty amazing how what you eat affects how your body works! In fact, I was so fascinated, I went & got myself a degree in it – a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). Now in all honesty I don’t eat or live a perfect lifestyle, nor will I ever pretend I do. Realistically I know you won’t be perfect either. And that’s OK. As a Clinical Nutritionist I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness – everyday.

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