“We now have a new rule in our house – all leftovers and left over ingredients get put on the top shelf of the fridge. That way we always see them and it prompts us to use them up before going for something else.”- Rebecca from Tauranga.
Rebecca provides one of many helpful tips and recipes on the newly launched Love Food Hates Waste NZ website, designed to help people reduce the amount of food they throw away, in order to save money - and the environment.
The average New Zealand family throws three full shopping trolleys of uneaten food into the bin each year, adding up to more than $560 of food going to waste. This is a massive problem in New Zealand. The Love Food Hate Waste website draws awareness to our behaviours regarding consuming and throwing out food, while also providing a range of informative solutions and tips.
“Often when we think about food waste we associate it with supermarkets and businesses, but the reality is the most significant proportion of food waste actually happens in the home,” says Katharina Kennedy, Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Waste Minimisation and Services Officer.
“That’s why it’s important to help people create less waste to begin with. The Love Food Hate Waste website has practical tips, storage guides and recipes to help people get the most out of their food.”
Well known chefs including Annabel Langbein, Alyson Gofton and Dr Libby Weaver have donated their favourite recipes for using up odds and ends to the website. To learn more visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz .
Kāpiti Coast District Council is one of 59 councils collaborating to deliver Love Food Hate Waste around New Zealand. We’re partnering with local organisations, community groups and food waste champions to deliver food waste workshops, and we’ll also be getting out and about across the district with our Love Food Hate Waste stand at events throughout 2016 and 2017.
Katharina says making a few small changes is the easiest way to start reducing your food waste, such as storing bread in the freezer.
Bread is the most wasted food in New Zealand with 20 million loaves being thrown out each year and that doesn’t include the bread we throw to the birds.
New Zealand’s humid climate means that bread doesn’t last well in the pantry and should be stored in the fridge or freezer to prevent it from growing mould.
Banana Peel Cake
Don't throw away your banana peels, they are the secret ingredient in this cake.
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What do you do to use up your leftovers, stop food going off, or make sure you only buy what you’ll eat? Share your favourite tip or trick on our Sustainable Communities Kāpiti facebook page and be in to win one of ten great prizes to help you waste less food!