Reduce: Food Waste
Food waste is a big problem. A recent waste audit demonstrated that food makes up 11.5% of what’s going into Nova Scotia's landfills. This is a strain on our environment—and our wallets. In fact, it is estimated that wasted food costs the average Canadian household $1,100 per year. Let’s do our part to help reduce food waste. Use these tips before, during and after grocery shopping to reduce the amount of food wasted and help you save money!
Before you shop
- Take inventory of what’s in your cupboards and fridge. Note “best before” dates and make an “eat me first” section in your fridge.
- Develop a meal plan for leftovers and foods close to their “best before” dates.
- Make a grocery list based on your meal plan and inventory—consider using a phone app to save paper!
During your shopping trip
- Stick to the list: Don’t shop hungry, check your cart for unnecessary items, and reduce impulse buys by keeping your shopping trips to 40 minutes or less.
- Visit the reduced section for deals on your grocery list items that are close to their “best before” dates (consider freezing them!).
- Get to know your grocery store staff—they may split certain meats and produce into smaller portions and can provide tips on how to best store food.
After you shop
- Store fruits and vegetables properly to ensure they last longer. Remember: Some parts of the fridge are warmer than others!
- Freeze foods to keep them from going to waste—don’t forget freezer labels (like this one) to track what it is and how long it’s been frozen.
- Be creative with leftovers—consider dips, sauces, soups, casseroles, smoothies, and more.
- Be familiar with what “expiry” and “best before” dates mean. Visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website for more information on what date labels actually mean.
If you're interested in receiving printed freezer labels or grocery list notepads, please email us a note and we'll mail you one.