No Food Waste

Last month I signed up for the One Small Change challenge. I had been getting a little lax about using cloth bags every time we went shopping, so that was my change for January. It went really well. I used my cloth bags when we went to the store, and came up with some new produce bags. I only ended up using a plastic bag once. Hubby and I were on a date and borrowing a car (ours wasn’t driveable). I hadn’t planned on stopping at the store, so didn’t have any bags on me. Other than that, it was a plastic bag free month. This month our goal is to not have any food waste, none at all. There isn’t usually much anyway, but occasionally there is a mouldy grape or two, or a slimy scallion. It is sometimes hard to get local food where we live, so I want to make sure that any resources that are used up by having food travel aren’t being tossed straight in the bin. So, this is our February challenge, not a single bit of food waste. I anticipate it going well, I just need to be really good at keeping on top of what’s in the fridge. Onto the winner, thanks so much for all joining in the giveaway. It was really nice to meet some new gals. The winner of the cloth bags is Wendy, congrats! I just need to get your address and then they’ll be on their way. Hope everyone had a good weekend! I’ve got a few more projects up my sleeve for this week, so if all goes well, I’ll be sharing some new things with you soon.

food, green • Monday, February 1st, 2010 • 17 Comments »
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17 Responses to “No Food Waste”

  1. AG Ambroult says:

    yup. We had alot of food waste, too–until I made that our first challenge for One Small Change! Happy to report it’s going much better so I wish you and your family luck. I bet you’ll get pretty imaginative with ingredients–we did!

  2. brandy says:

    Fantastic idea! We don’t usually have much produce waste. But I’ll be honest and admit that it’s due to my son’s Guinea Pig!

  3. Allison says:

    Good Luck with your February challenge! My hubby and I really need to try to do the same; we are awful about our leftovers 🙁

  4. Emma says:

    Thats a great idea for this month..I can’t abide food waste and try very hard to use up any left overs,but I do impulse buy to stock up the freezer so I’m going to try and use up what we have before buying more.
    Em x

  5. Bley says:

    That’s a great goal! I’m very guilty of food waste, I’m afraid.

  6. Shaunta says:

    Great job on your January goal! No food waste is a goal for me this month, too. Not my small change goal, but still a goal. Good luck with it. You seem way ahead of me already. Like you, it’s hard for me to get local food. To throw away food that traveled 1500 or more miles to my kitchen is just not OK.

  7. Mousy Brown says:

    Good luck – I love the challenge of finding things to do with odd leftovers! Some of my best recipes have been the result of not wanting to throw stuff away – if all else fails there is always soup!! xxx

  8. French Knots says:

    We just had a stir fry made with the left over pork from yesterday. I hate to throw anything away, but some of the parcels of leftovers in the freezer don’t have labels on so we might get some interesting combinations!

  9. Its_Lily says:

    The spicey chicken rice soup I just posted about was originally a way to clean out the refrigerator as well. I’m horrible about mixing up foods so I’m always grateful when someone gives me a simple recipe to create.

  10. So glad to hear Jan went well! I love your Feb change. I also need to be more conscious of this. Lately, I have been better about planning meals that will use the same ingredients to avoid waste!
    Good luck and thanks for sharing!

  11. Anna, Sydney says:

    Oh I hear ya. Great challenge. And if you figure out how to organise your fridge to keep track of what’s old and what’s new, please share. The amount of food we throw away each month… I’m so ashamed right now.

    I really love this One Small Change thing! I really should join it.

  12. Wendy says:

    Thanks so much Jennifer – I’ve sent you an email.
    What a great challenge – I’ll have to look into it more. We don’t have too much waste here. We are on a small acreage, and any waste goes to the chooks, or the dogs, or the compost heap. However, I guess the main objective is not to overbuy but to use what is seasonally available. I am currently looking at a more structured menu plan which will mean I only have to buy what I need on a weekly basis, otherwise I often overbuy. Thanks again!

  13. felicity says:

    we’ve been watching the war time kitchen and garden and it really made me think about food waste and using as much as you can of everything! fliss xx

  14. ginny says:

    Hi jennifer,
    i find food waste so depressing … i am really looking forward to some tips and advice here from your month of change. better organization is the key for us and it has to be just me purchasing the food (hubby gets tempted on his way home and often picks up groceries without checking whether i have already got them, which often causes doubles of things… so not so good)…
    sounds like you are very good at not having any waste already … wishing you a happy february
    ginny x

  15. Charlotte says:

    That’s a great challenge. I saw a poster the other day saying that one third of the food we buy in the UK is tossed. Can you imagine? I could do better I know… I’m not that bad but there’s plenty of room for improvement. Started feeding the wild birds more lately and that’s good for any leftover bready / cakey things.

    Love Charlotte

  16. kristina says:

    I know what you mean about food waste. I get so upset with myself every time I have to throw something away that has gone just a bit too long. Will definitely be joining you in the challenge this month! K x

  17. Wendy says:

    Great challenge; will be glad to hear how it goes. And thanks for the great produce bag tutorial–I’ve been pondering how to do something like this for awhile. The cheesecloth is brilliant!

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