Earth Day is a great reminder to talk about how we can increase our efforts to live more sustainably. Climate change is a challenge we face every day, and small actions can add up to big results: if everyone does their part at home or at the office, it can make a difference.
Our relationship with food is a significant contributor to climate change. According to the UN Food Waste Index Report, Canadians produce the most waste in the world on a per-capita basis. In their 2021 report regarding food waste, it was determined that 931 tonnes of food waste were generated in 2019, 61% of which came from household waste. This immensely impacts our carbon footprint, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Organics that are thrown away in a landfill produce methane gas which is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. It is evident that food waste is contributing to the current environmental crisis.
Now for the good news!
Although some food waste is unavoidable because it can’t be eaten (have you tasted a banana peel or egg shell?) here are some easy tips to repurpose leftovers to keep them from the landfill:
- Soup – This is a great way to throw in a variety of leftover ingredients and create something delicious. Pack in those aging veggies!
- Leftover vegetable peels – Did you know vegetable peels are packed with nutrients? Next time you light up the BBQ, try substituting your sides with herb and cheese tossed carrot or potato peels.
- Stale bread – Even if you are not a stuffing all-year-round type person, there are many options for that loaf of bread. Why not make croutons to top your favourite salad? Check out other great recipes for stale bread here.
- Keep your milk cold – To keep your milk fresh longer, ensure that you are storing it in the coldest part of your refrigerator. This is generally in the back or bottom.
Our Food Future has enjoyed working with Love Food Hate Waste, where we continue to learn more about decreasing food waste, while having fun with it!
Think about how you can do your part in reducing food waste, to help rescue our planet.