South Africans waste 9 million tonnes of food every year and during the festive season this figure increase by 25%.
With the festive season here, you might be worried about the volumes of food you will be wasting as friends and family come for a visit.
Earth Probiotic CEO and co-founder Karen Heron says the festive season does make people not to think clearly.
Speaking to Azania Mosaka, Heron says the reason for these volumes of waste is as a result of being busy and more people coming over.
We are over catering because we have a lot of friends and our minds are thinking of a million people that are coming around for a meal while in fact it's a few people.— Karen Heron - CEO and co-founder - Earth Probiotic
Have a written plan and finding out with your guests about their dietary requirements.— Karen Heron - CEO and co-founder - Earth Probiotic
Heron shares a few tips on how to save money and food this festive season.
1. Reduce choices
- If you are hosting an event, prevent over-catering by not reducing food choices.
- Buy less more frequently.
- Plan your meals and buy according to the plan – don’t buy for those 'just maybe and in case and what if' imaginary cases.
- Plan and implement
- Men shouldn’t shop! Research has shown that they are less likely to stick to a plan than women. Write down a shopping list and stick to it.
- Buy local and buy seasonal
- Not only will you be supporting your local farmer and manufacturer but you also will reduce waste.
- Get your storage right
- Buy appropriate containers (preferably glass with silicon lids which can be reused again and again) and also store in the right place.
- Get creative with leftovers
- Think ahead of how you can preserve your leftovers and create these new meals.
- Recycle and compost. Divert food waste from landfill.
- As a last resort, once you’ve reduced and reused, you can compost your food waste.
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