Most people think that food waste isn’t such a big problem because it’s biodegradable. This, however, is a false belief because whilst it might break down into the earth, it still poses major problems that contribute to our massive carbon footprint on the planet. This is one of the major problems we’re facing but with more knowledge and mindful decisions, we can overcome this crisis together. Fortunately, there are a lot of easy and tiny modifications that we can make to our lifestyle that can dramatically decrease the percentage of food waste on our planet.
1. Save the Seeds
We all know that getting rid of perfectly healthy edible food is not ethically or morally okay, but you can go the extra mile and start saving the seeds too. This is why if you’re eating a fruit, make sure that you’re saving these seeds in wet tissue or a plastic bag. You can later use these seeds to plant these fruits in your garden or give them to someone who has enough space to plant them.
If there are some leftovers from your meal, make sure that you store these in a clean container and keep it in your fridge or freezer. If you’re well-aware that you won’t be eating what’s left of the meal, then consider giving it to someone who might need this meal more than you do. You can also feed this food to pelicans or other hungry animals, just make sure that it’s okay for them to eat your meal.
3. Use the Skin
There are different kinds of food that need to be peeled before we can eat them, like fruits, vegetables, the hardshell of eggs, and tubers. We usually dispose of these peels because we don’t know how to use them. Here’s the best thing about organic food though, you can always use the skin. For instance, you can blend the eggshells and put them into the soil, so you can induce calcium into it. You also can use orange and lemon peels in cakes. There are always creative ways to use different peelings, so don’t throw them away.
4. Use the Blender
When in doubt, use the blender. If you have leftovers that you’re not sure what to do with, then put the ingredients in a blender. You can always get creative with this, pick up the ingredients that go together, throw them in a blender, and make a smoothie out of it. This way you’ve absorbed some of the health benefits and you didn’t contribute to the food waste crisis. Similarly, you can make jams, soups and sauces as well using these peels or parts that you would have otherwise disposed of.
5. Water Flavour
One more creative solution you can incorporate into your life is to use some of the leftover fruits or vegetables in your water. So if you’re left with chunks of cucumber or slices of lemon and you’re not sure what to do with them then consider adding them to your water bottle, and enjoy the nice flavor in your water.
Unfortunately, our planet is facing multiple crises. This is why we need to change our lifestyles so that we can be part of the solution. Food waste is currently one of the biggest problems that we’re facing. A lot of people are getting rid of perfectly edible food, which is putting a lot of pressure on our planet. So in order to decrease our carbon footprint, we need to be more mindful of how we dispose of our food.