We don’t realize the amount of food we waste every day. Spoiled produce and uneaten leftovers contribute to the food wastage produced in homes, which find their way to landfills. Food waste breaks down in landfills, producing methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas which worsens climate change. But by changing or modifying our food habits, you can reduce food wastage at home. Read on to find out how:

Plan ahead


Make a list of meals for the entire week. This will help you eat healthy as you can eat fresh and you would have a better idea of what you require. It will save time buying groceries and you will save money by buying only what you need. You already have an idea of your family’s favourite meals, and you can plan your meals keeping that in mind. Also, plan according to the number of meals you’ll eat at home. Buy quantities of ingredients which you would use once or more. Check what you already have at home, so that you don’t overbuy.

Store properly

Sometimes, you waste vegetables and fruits just because you forgot about them! This happens because they get pushed right at the back and you don’t see them. Some fruits not only spoil, but also contribute to other vegetables and fruits spoiling faster too. Store things which can spoil easily at the front, and those with longer life at the back. In this way, you’ll eat fresh and reduce food waste. You can preserve, freeze or can certain seasonal produce which is abundant so that you can enjoy them later. Berries should be washed just before you eat them, as they will be safe from mold if stored dry.

Food preparation

Cook perishables as soon as possible after shopping and store…