Love Food Hate Waste new campaign

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love foodJust in time for the end of our county’s zero waste week, one of my favourite websites, Love Food Hate Waste has launched a new online campaign to promote new food habits.

Love Food Hate Waste is asking the nation to think positively about food and get into new habits following the theme of loving food and wasting less!

Planning ahead, making a shopping list, keeping an eye on portions, using the freezer more and getting creative with leftovers could not only help reduce the amount of food we throw away but save us money too.

What with Rob’s food waste reducing tips this week and our own article on reducing food waste, there should be no excuse for you to procrastinate any longer!

This is a great time of year to put some new habits in place. Many people bemoan ‘I must lose weight’ at the beginning of the year, so how about slimming your bin too and reducing your food waste to a svelte size zero?

Portion control is an important factor in reducing food waste. Here at Chez Green we encourage Little Miss Green to take a small amount, finish it and then take more. That way there are no messy plates to scrape.

It means that any leftovers can then be easily incorporated into tomorrow’s meals because they haven’t been smothered in sauce or pushed around the plate a few times.

On the Love Food Hate Waste site you will find menu planners, a shopping list template, learn about portion control and you’ll discover that there really is such a thing as a free lunch!

Why not pop over and have a gander through the pages? Let us know if you find anything especially useful or inspiring and tell us if you have any goals you would like to achieve on the food waste front. We’d love to support you with your own food waste challenges.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kris says:

    I’ve done alright on my personal failing – bread – this week.

    I make packed lunches four days a week, plus we eat some bread based meals at weekends, but it’s often hard to buy bread that keeps for the right stretch of the week, and to smooth it out between the times we need lots of it, and the times we can’t get through it.

    However, this week it all went perfectly and the last crusty end got turned into breadcrumbs to store in the freezer today. The trick was seeing how much was left and actually eating some of it myself (wow- rocket science! ;)) by planning in the week to have a particular breakfast or lunch. This is pretty beneficial in other ways as I rather struggle to make the effort ‘just for me’ so planning is good in that regard as well.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Kris: well done Kris; that’s excellent. It’s great when these simple things fall into place. And of course, there is always bread and butter pudding to fall back on 😉

  3. Di Hickman says:

    Well I think I covered this on my blog already, but last time you did a food waste challenge but I continued the challenge and I have saved so much money! We were idly spending $100 a week easily on food and wasting a fair bit. Now I document our food waste and I post our receipts (inspired by $30 a week blog). Right now only having done this seriously for a month I already cut my bill by 25%, reduced my food waste, reduced my landfill/recycle waste and lost a few lbs too (part of the plan!)
    Off to check out their site!

  4. Kris says:

    Wow, that’s very inspiring Di, you’ve cut the costs right down – I’m keen to read more about it on your blog 🙂

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Di, this is what I need to do – I need to write down everything I spend on food for a month and then look at where I can cut down. Again, I do it for 7-10 days and then I ‘forget’ and everything gets put to one side. Methinks I doth protest too much 😀

  6. Kris says:

    I usually write my shopping list headed with the days and dates of the coming week, then put any specific events (such as the farmers market being on, or a planned meal out) against the relevant days. I think of what we could have the next few days and list out anything I need to get for them, plus regular items, such as packed lunch bits and milk.

    In an ideal week I have also pre-noted any unusual stuff, such as running out of tin foil or toilet paper, and assessed what needs using up. (In a not-so-ideal week of course I come home and wonder how I could have forgotten tin foil *again*!!)

    While shopping I use the list as a guide, but not an immutable thing – if there is something else that looks really good, I’ve got all the dates to hand to see how I can shuffle things!

    I keep all my receipts, and take anything that doesn’t fit my ‘groceries’ definition out (eg water filter cartridges which I classify as ‘household’) and adjust the groceries account with a recredit for these things, or a debit for any cash shopping. At the moment I’m quite pleased that we’ve held to the same budget through a long stretch of prices going up, but know I could do better with more cooking expertise, which I’m working on.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    That sounds like wonderful organisation, Kris. And well done on sticking to your budget – that is excellent in today’s climate.

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