A third of the world’s food supply is lost or wasted every day. Starting with some smart changes at home, together we can find ways to reduce waste, save money, and conserve more resources for the world.
Top tips from Aušra Zigmontienė, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, VILNIUS TECH:
Weekly menu planning and thoughtful shopping can reduce food costs by up to 30%. It is recommended to do the planned shopping once a week.
When planning your grocery shopping, it is important to consider the meals you are going to cook the following week. To avoid buying unnecessary products, make a list or take a picture of the contents in your fridge.
Food leftovers from pans and pots should be put in airtight containers and left in the fridge. Prepared food can be stored for up to 2 hours outside the fridge and up to 3 or 4 days in the fridge.
Cooking a positive change
What we eat says a lot about not only who we are, but also how we affect the environment. Growing, shipping and cooking food massively is responsible for 30 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. So the more you cook at home instead of eating out, the lower is your footprint. Even more, cooking yourself means more planning and less of food being wasted. The good news are that:
• 58% in Lithuania are already planning their meals and using food shopping lists.
• 54% in Lithuania use leftovers to cook meals.
Close to nature
Our survey shows that Lithuanians love being green, when it comes to food:
• 36% like gardening and growing their own greens or veggies.
• 31% gather food (mushrooms, berries, herbal teas, etc.) in nature.
• 26% compost at home.
Plant based menu
Want to go one step further? Eating more plant-based food can reduce your climate footprint even more. Try our VÄRLDSKLOK plant mince made from pea protein. It looks and tastes like meat, but includes no animal ingredients, meaning a good choice for vegetarians and vegans.
Let the food containers do the job
With the right food storage containers, you can keep food fresh and see what you have to help reduce food waste. Stackable containers made of oven-safe glass save space in the cabinets or fridge and can be used for all your kitchen needs, from storing to cooking to serving to packing meals for work and school lunch or picnics.
Bye bye, single-use plastics
There are two ways you can handle single-use plastics a more sustainable way: either use them twice or don’t use at all. As our survey shows, people in Lithuania are already trying to be more nature friendly:
• 61% reuse water bottles, bags and other packaging, where possible.
• 51% try to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, cutlery, plates and cups.