How to Reduce Food Waste in 3 Easy Steps
Apr 27, 2022
As part of our Clean Philosophy, we’re always looking at innovative ways to make Alterna Beauty more sustainable. We love our planet Earth and part of keeping our carbon footprint small comes from using natural ingredients in our products, ensuring that the bottles, jars, and tubes contain 50% post-consumer recycled plastic, using biodegradable packaging for products like our Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Intensive Ceramide Shots, as well as, twist-open and close pumps to reduce plastic waste.
This pledge is consistently evolving and our team has their finger on the pulse for ways that we can come together to ignite more action in sustainability; whether it’s finding ways to celebrate Earth Day or actioning change on April 27 — ‘Stop Food Waste Day’ — taking care of our planet is what we’re all about.
Okay, so here’s the hard truth — 25% of the food wasted globally could feed all 795 million undernourished people in the world and by bringing attention to this issue, the hope is that we as a collective can work together to reduce food waste and help repurpose meals that would otherwise end up in the compost.
If you’re considering ways to stop food waste in your daily routine like we are, here are a few ways to get you started:
Find Food Hacks
Think you’re done with your green onions? Think again! Did you know you can actually regrow them? It’s true — and it doesn’t take that much effort either.
All you need is a cup, water, and ideally the same elastic band the onions game with. Just pop them in your cup with the ends poking out of the water, place them on a window sill and watch them grow! Next time you’re making tacos you can shave off some scallions and toss the rest back in your glass for next time. This hack is true for a lot of veggies you store in your fridge. Find more food growth hacks here.
Soups and smoothies are a great way to reduce food waste. If you’re ever unsure of what to do with your carrot tops or vegetables that are on their last legs — consider throwing them in a pot with some vegetable stock then blending it together for a hearty vegetable purée soup. You can find tons of recipes online to find out what spices and herbs can enhance the flavor, as well as, what kind of proteins you can add to elevate the meal.
Not a soup person? No problem! Adding the last of your spinach, zucchini ends, or wilting celery to your smoothie can give it a boost in natural fiber and vitamins that not only prevent food waste but are great for your hair health too! Read about what foods you should eat for your hair health here.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the grocery store. First and foremost, never shop hungry. It’s a surefire way to add way too much to your cart without enough time to use it all. Shopping for the week rather than the month can help keep produce and meats fresh and give you enough time to cook and eat it with zero waste.
Second, you want to consider the expiration dates. Before adding eggs to your basket take a peek at the by-when date. If you don’t think you can finish a dozen eggs by the best-before date, ditch them for a half carton and replenish them if necessary.
“Less is more” doesn’t just apply to your haircare, it’s something to practice when it comes to your grocery shopping too.
On the note of expiration dates, it’s always important to double-check best-before dates and true expiry of the goods. Many products can have a shelf life of 1-3 days after the posted date so take to Google to find out if your foods are safe to eat before throwing them away.
These are just a few ways to stop food waste in your daily routine but there are plenty more! We need to work collectively to reduce food waste and take care of our planet.