Love Food Hate Waste - smarter shopping key to reducing food waste

Published: 10-Jun-2016

A smarter approach to food shopping could help Kiwi families save hundreds of dollars every year.
Food waste is a substantial issue in New Zealand with the average family throwing three full shopping trolleys of uneaten food into the bin each year. For some households that’s more than $560 of food going to waste. Love Food Hate Waste is a new website launched on 1 June to help people reduce the amount of food that they throw out, and in doing so, save money and the environment.  Reducing food waste sounds easy - buy what you need, then eat what you buy. Busy lifestyles mean food can get lost at the back of the fridge and it can be hard to resist temptation in the supermarket.

"Having a meal plan and a shopping list are two easy ways to keep on track at the supermarket. If you see a deal for buy two get one free, have a plan for how you will use it up. It’s not a bargain if it is going to go to waste", says Kitty Waghorn, Solid Waste Asset Manager.

A very successful afternoon was held at Oxford Fresh Choice on Thursday 9 June. Lesley Ottey from the Waimakariri District Council and her team talked with Oxford people about how to save waste and money.  

 

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The following 'Love Food Hate Waste' events will be held in the Waimakariri District:

  • Sunday 12 June - Oxford Farmers Market, 9 am - noon
  • Thursday 16 June - Kaiapoi Countdown, 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Thursday 23 June - Rangiora New World,  2 pm - 5 pm

The Council website is updated regularly with helpful hints and recipes. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Love Food Hate Waste’s top six shopping tips:
  • Make a meal plan and use that to write your shopping list
  • Take a photo of the inside of your fridge on your phone that way you won't forget what you already have
  • Shop more often for things with shorter shelf lives like vegetables, and make sure you are storing them correctly at home. Keep potatoes and onions stored separately and they will last longer, and store bananas away from other fruit
  • Never shop when you are hungry as you are likely to buy more than you need
  • Put your meat in the freezer as soon as you get home from the supermarket, then defrost it when you need it
  • Use by dates refer to safety whereas Best before refer to quality. Foods with 'best before' date should be safe to eat after the date, but use your senses as a guide.

For more information visit Love Food Hate Waste.

Name: Kitty Waghorn, Solid Waste Asset Manager

Phone: 03 311 8900