10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Would you believe that a third of the food produce globally is thrown away? Believe it, because it’s a trusted statement.

In Canada, $31 billion dollars worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year, with over 50% of food waste coming from a household level. It’s part of a global problem where 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets thrown out each year.

Hyatt Regency Calgary is proud to partner with YYC’s inaugural ‘Feeding the 5000’ event which aims to shine a light on global food waste, champion delicious solutions and catalyze a global movement. Our team will help provide a free lunch for over 5000 Calgarians using food that would have otherwise been wasted.

Join us by helping cut back on food waste with these 10 simple and easy tips.

Overlook the flaws

In North America, over 30 per cent of fruits and vegetables are rejected by grocery stores because they aren’t physically attractive enough for consumers, even though they’re perfectly edible. Look for grocery stores and greenhouses that sell imperfect produce.

Buy only what you need

If you prepare meals ahead of time it is easy to reduce the groceries you purchase each week. It is estimated that Canadian households throw away an average of $28 worth of food weekly. That adds up to $1,456 per year.

Learn to love leftovers

Rather than toss the leftovers from dinner, wrap them up and put them in the fridge. Leftovers make great lunches for work or spark an opportunity to get creative with the next night’s dinner.

Meal sharing

If you know your food in the fridge is reaching its expiration date why not invite some friends over dinners? Feeding someone is better than allowing it to go to waste and it’s another great reason to socialize.

Grow Your Own

Gardening is a great pastime, and it can eliminate waste since you grow only what you need. If you have extra give it to friends, donate it to local organizations or sell it.

Freeze it

When a products expiration date is nearing and you cannot prepare the item before this date, throw it in the freezer. Most items will last at least 30 more days when you they are properly stored inside of the refrigerator.

Make a pledge

Pledge to stop food waste and make a commitment to that pledge. You’ll feel great and you’ll save money.

Volunteer

Volunteer to rescue food headed for landfills. Leftovers Calgary is an organization that rescues food that would otherwise be thrown into the landfill, and ensures it gets to service agencies in need. Alternate Root YYC is another volunteer organization committed to helping reduce food waste and redirect imperfect produce destined for landfill.

Repackage foods

If you buy in bulk or larger quantities, separate the meats and store individual portions inside of freezer bags.

Donate It

If you’ve accumulated more food than what you can use before it expires, why not donate it to a worthy cause? There are many food banks and other centres in YYC that would appreciate your donation.

Why not put these tips to work and minimize the amount of food you are wasting before tonight’s dinner?

 

Feeding the 5000

June 15th, 2017

Olympic Plaza

11:00AM – 2:00PM

Join us for free delicious food

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