Becoming familiar with ways to reduce waste in your home can help your family save money as well as make a positive impact on the environment. Waste reduction at home doesn’t just make trash day less of a hassle: it also trains you to become a more mindful consumer, which can result in serious cash saved.
Before you start your waste minimisation journey, it’s a good idea to take stock of how many bags of trash you throw out in a typical week, and make a mental note about the kinds of things that are going into your trash can. Do you have lots of food waste? Toss tons of plastic bottles? Forget about things until they’re expired?
Whatever your trash habits are, vowing to create less waste will make you more aware of the products — and thus, money — you’re throwing away, and give you helpful insight into how you can buy less and save more.
How to Reduce Food Waste on a Daily Basis
• Freezers aren’t just for keeping your favourite ice cream cold — they’re also a powerful tool for food waste minimisation. If you aren’t sure you’ll be able to eat something before it goes bad (like bread or meat), simply place it into a Glad Freezer Bag and place it in your freezer for later use.
• You can also prep whole meals, freeze them, and thaw them later when you’re ready to eat them.
• Get to know your kitchen before heading to the store by doing a mini stock-take – you might find that you already have ingredients in the fridge, freezer or cupboard; you’ll save money by crossing things off the shopping list when you check at home first.
• GLAD loves leftovers! Being food smart is the best way to prevent waste. Leftover meat can be wrapped in GLAD Cling Wrap, refrigerated, and then used for sandwiches for lunch the next day.
• Double bread’s lifetime by freezing it in large GLAD Zip Seal Resealable Freezer Bags and only take out slices as needed – the bread will last almost double its lifetime.
All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad.
Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets.