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$8 billion of waste: how to slash your food bills at home and work

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Australians throw out $8 to $10 billion of food every year. This is an exorbitant amount, considering an estimated 1.9 million Australians go without food because they can’t afford it.

As an organisation, we are very aware of the issue of food wastage, which is why we are long-term supporters of OzHarvest.

We have analysed the reduction habits of hundreds of our customers and found that the best practices to prevent food wastage that are very easily implemented, can cut costs, and also give invaluable assistance to those in need.

At work:

Purchase in-season food

To make educated decisions, you should familiarise yourself with current in-season produce.

Seasonal food is normally cheaper and will likely be locally produced, meaning you’ll be supporting our farmers. The produce will also be fresher and won’t perish as fast.

Donate, don’t discard

There are many charities that will happily collect your unused produce and reallocate to places or people in need.

This will not only benefit those in need but it will also reduce the increasing amount of food that ends up in landfill, as currently 4 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill every year.

This might not save you money, but it means money that would’ve otherwise been wasted will now go towards charities that can put your leftovers to use.

At home:

First in, first out

Move older products to the front of your fridge or pantry and then put the newer products towards the back.

This method dramatically decreases your food wastage as you utilise the older stuff before it expires, saving you a significant amount of money.

Maximise it

Several foods will have more than one use.

Vegetables, bones and meat scraps can be used to make stocks as the base of many meals. Overripe fruit will also make tasty smoothies, muffins or even cakes.

Although wilted vegetables may seem unappetising, they can be used in soups or health juices. Get creative!

Written by Jonathan Rowley

Jonathan Rowley

Jonathan Rowley is managing director of Order-In.

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