ZERO WASTE FOOD TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPOSTING AWARENESS WEEK
Approximately 50% of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste ‘garbage bin’ could be put to better use in the garden, as compost and mulch, or could be returned to agricultural land to improve soil quality.
Did you know that, this huge amount of organic material buried in landfills causes over 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions annually? Compost is a valuable organic resource so the International Composting Awareness Week is here to help!
International Composting Awareness Week is a week of activities, events and publicity taking place in Australia this week (Sunday 3 May – Saturday 9 May 2020) with an aim of increasing awareness of composting, highlight the environmental, social and economic benefits of composting and accelerate the uptake of compost products.
That is something we feel passionately about, so to celebrate International Composting Awareness Week we’ve put together some of our top tips to help you reduce your food waste and get you ready for composting.
ZERO WASTE FOOD TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPOSTING AWARENESS WEEK:
Preparation is Key
One of the easiest ways to be successful for a zero waste kitchen is preparation.
Before heading to the supermarket or farmer’s market, organise your fridge or cupboards, plan your meals for the week and write a shopping list to ensure that you only buy exactly what you need and will actually use.
Store your food properly
An essential first step in reducing food waste is storing your food. Your produce will stay fresh and last longer if they are stored correctly.
Ensure that food is kept in clean, sealable containers either in cupboards or in the fridge as needed. It’s also a good idea to freeze what you can in portions as soon as you bring them home so you can use what you need.
Save your food scraps
We mentioned in our EASY WAYS TO GO ZERO WASTE AT HOME post but food scraps can be used in a whole heap of easy and useful ways; vegetable stalks and skins can be made into homemade stock, apple cores and skins can be fermented down into apple cider vinegar, roots can be sprouted in water and planted in your veggie garden, stale bread can be roasted into crutons or fried for french toast, soft fruit and veg can be used in baking, banana skins can even be used for cleaning!
What you can’t, or don’t want to reuse, can be thrown in to the compost bin.
Begin or Rediscover Composting
Whether you haven’t started composting, or you’ve forgotten about that compost bin in the corner of your garden, now is the perfect time to begin or rediscover composting. There are some great workshops being hosted on the ICAW’s website live from across Australia, which you can join virtually. Workshop’s include; composting made easy, composting Q&A’s, backyard composting on a budget and beginner compost, worm farm and bokashi workshops.
Cook in Bulk
Cooking bulk, one-pot meals are a great way to ensure that your produce doesn’t go bad before you’ve had a chance to use it. Bulk meals can then easily freeze meals in portions to be used when you fancy them, plus it will almost be like reaching for a ready meal after work and save you the time of having to prepare a fresh meal everyday.
Do you have a composting system in your house? Let us know in the comments below!