Food waste is a huge problem. It is also something that all of us normal folk can do something about. Normally, the recommendations to cut down on food waste is to buy less food and plan your meals. But what you may not realise is that those who have green fingers (or at least wish they did) can also help out reduce the impact that food waste has on the planet.
Gardening is not only a fantastic hobby for many people, but it can also have a real positive impact on the world around you. If you want to learn more about how you can use your outdoor space to reduce food waste, then we have put together some of our top tips!
If, despite your best efforts, you find that you still have food waste, then composting is the way forward. Composting is not only easy to do, but it can cut down on the amount of food waste that ends up in your bin.
Best of all, the compost that is created can be popped on your garden. Which will over time, help grow a variety of beautiful flowers and plants, that you can enjoy the whole year round.
Grow your own
The issue with food waste isn’t only those leftovers. It is also the costs and carbon footprint left by producing and shipping the food around the world. One great way to cut down on this aspect of food waste is to grow your own fruit and veggies.
Not only does it help with food waste, but it saves you money too. Freshly grown food is absolutely delicious, and as you tuck in, you will have a real sense of achievement at something that you have created.
Then freeze them
We all hope that our growing plans are successful, but what if your green fingers result in you growing far too many veggies or fruit for you to eat. Don’t throw them away! Instead freeze all the surplus and you can use it another day. You could, if you are feeling particular organised, arrange them into portion sized bags and label ready to add into soups, stews or steam for a dinner.
These may seem like simple things to do. But you could find that by trying them out that you will see a significant reduction in the amount of food that you waste. In doing this, you not only can try out some new things in your garden. But you also have the satisfaction of feeling pretty good about what you are doing too!