According to the New York Times, approximately one third of global food production is wasted every year, costing around $1 trillion USD and contributing significantly to carbon emissions and climate change.

To help you to save more of your food, here are ten top wasteful habits to break:

1. Buying too much

The simplest way to avoid food waste is to only buy what you need. If you can't eat all of the apples in a packet, buy less individually and makes plans to use the fruit and vegetables that you already have before buying more.

2. Trusting expiration dates

Most supermarkets will print expiration dates on food that are well in advance of when the food is truly inedible in order to protect themselves from lawsuits. Rather than pay attention to these guidelines, judge for yourself by the look and smell of the item – if it’s gone bad, you’ll know!

3. Ordering too much food at restaurants

Often we will order much more than we can eat in restaurants, or pile our plates high at the buffet with no hope of finishing the whole portion. Save waste and your waistline by ordering smaller portions.

4. Not using leftovers

Get creative with your leftovers. If you have food left from a meal keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and use them over the following days to create a new dish. This way you won’t have to eat the same meal over and over again and you’ll use all of your food.

5. Not taking leftovers home

Also make sure to take leftovers home from restaurants and cafeterias – don’t be embarrassed to ask, instead be proud to show how you are protecting the environment.

6. Not storing food properly

Food is often wasted because it is not stored correctly. Garlic and tomatoes will go-off faster in the in the fridge, for example, while apples become sweeter when stored in cool conditions. Knowing the best way to store food will help you make it last longer.

7. Lack of imagination

Have you ever thrown away a blackened banana or vegetable starting to spoil? Next time why not make banana bread or a stew?

8. Frozen food

If you have bought too much fresh food, or you have a lot of left-overs from a party you can store them in the freezer and they will last weeks, often months longer.

9. Not sharing

When eating out with friends and relatives, if someone can’t finish their meal and you are still hungry ask them to pass the plate! And if you can’t finish your meal, offer it around the table. Sharing is caring.

10. Buying unnecessary Food

Supermarkets do everything they can to tempt us to buy more food, however if you want to limit food waste try to resist these marketing techniques and use what you already have first.

According to Nguyen Tam – VnExpress


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