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When it comes to food in Australia, we are a very wasteful country. According to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, food waste costs the economy $20 billion each year with 7.3 million tonnes of food, equal to 1 in 5 grocery bags per household wasted annually. On average 300kg per person. These figures are just phenomenal.
Where does the waste come from? According to Oz Harvest’s Australian Waste Facts the entire supply chain plays a role in food loss. From the farms, to the food industry, retail, and hospitality, right to our humble homes. Each category is accountable for 1/3 of food wastage.
Whilst in our everyday lives we may not be able to influence or impact what happens before the grocery bags hit our kitchen bench, we can each make a difference when it comes to food wastage in our own homes.
There are several potential reasons.
Here are a few tips to keep the 1 in 5 grocery bags per household per year, an estimated $3800 worth, out of landfill.
The ability to store produce longer is not only a benefit to reducing landfill, it is also money in your pocket. Whilst the initial investment for a Liebherr BioFresh refrigerator might be more than anticipated, over the long term you will save money that you may have been literally ‘throwing in the bin’ when unconsumed food is tossed. Fresh food lasts significantly longer in a BioFresh drawer so you have more days to allow you to use it all. Therefore, you are not throwing food away, essentially throwing money down the drain. Plus, less frequent trips to the store means the reduced risk of purchasing unnecessary items we don’t really need.
What do you do in your household to reduce food wastage?