How to reduce food waste

1. Avoid buying too much

Taking a couple of shorter trips to the grocery store each week rather than one longer trip may prevent people from buying too much food and help cut back on waste.

2. Think twice before throwing food away

While mold is a definite sign that something belongs in the garbage, it is not necessary to throw out foods that are slightly past their prime.

3. Always make a shopping list

Taking an inventory of the food in the house and making a grocery list before going to the store might help people avoid purchasing unnecessary foods and cut back on potential waste.

4. Organizing the kitchen with FIFO

“FIFO” stands for “first in, first out” and is a useful way to organize food at home. Many restaurants and grocery stores use this system to reduce waste, too.

5. Store food correctly

The United States Environmental Protection Agency also note that some fruits give off natural gases that make nearby foods spoil faster. Storing apples, bananas, and tomatoes apart from other perishables may help keep them all fresh.

6. Make a weekly menu

Using online tools or cookbooks to help plan out meals for the week can a person to compile an accurate shopping list.

7. Keep a log of spoiled foods

Although buying larger bags of produce rather than one or two pieces may seem cheaper, a person will not save money if they routinely throw away part of the contents.

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