#3 Eat or not eat – that’s not the question!

Some things are so easy to change to make a great difference. One of them is eating up what you buy. It’s so simple, yet many fail to really persevere with small changes. Sometimes we are not aware what it means to throw away half the plat we ordered. It doesn’t recycle into new food if you have ever imagined that.

A friend of mine told me once that it is normal to throw away food in gastronomy. We cannot control the actions the people do but at the other side we do can influence the process of throwing way at least a little bit.

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Have you ever considered where food goes when it’s not consumed? Where does food go when it’s behind the counter, when you say it’s not what you ordered or it’s not good enough. It will certainly not be reused. It will be thrown away immediately. Supermarkets do exactly the same, they have to (law) especially when it comes to best before dates. Surely no one wants to buy sour milk or cheese that got expensive by accident. But so many things are thrown away though they are still consumable.

What can I do? It’s not in my responsibility what supermarkets do. Yes. And No. Thanks to great entrepreneurs who worked on this problem and established different ways to avoid this kind of waste, at least some.

Here we are with possibilities in our minds, the only thing we need to do is act and change our behaviour.

1. Too Good to Go

Now this was somehow obvious because luckily this App made it into mainstream and is used by millions. It allows you to check whether your nearby food market or restaurant or bakery still has some leftovers that haven’t been sold. You are able to buy it for a great discount, be satisfied for having found some food and have saved food from being. Just download this genius app.

2. Food Sharing

This is another way, similar to Too Good To Go, because you save food from supermarkets and bakeries that would have been thrown away otherwise. The difference is that you don’t pay for what you take but have to follow strict rules to take part in the food sharing community. The most crucial points are : Don’t allow others to pick ups the food, Don’t tell others that supermarkets give away food. So, Before you walk to the next grocery store and demand for left overs, apply on a website in your town and check what you have to consider first. Some organisations also arrange a fridge that is shared by companies and people who can come and take away the offered food. It depends from country to country and of course whether your town does support such a way of saving food.

3. Consider the „best-before-date“ and leave it there

As I have mentioned before, this date printed on really any package is a bureaucratic necessity not a necessity to survive. A friend made me see this very good in telling me the example of Himalayan Salt. It has been stored in the stone caves for several decades and now has also received a printed expiry date. This is so ridiculously stupid. So the next time you see something reaches its date of live, smell it, look at it and examine if it really isn’t good enough to be eaten anymore. Mostly, food and cremes and even medicine is still possible to consume without any risk.

4. Buy only what you need

This advice is very much clanged to the one before because when you pay attention to how much you buy and how much you actually need. sometimes you recognise a great discrepancy. The solution- think twice if you take something that you haven’t written on your shopping list. Which also means that you should write a shopping list.

Another thing is, that we get into temptation to buy things that seem to be on discount or more packages for a better price than we need. However, this can be of benefit too, if you know that you will use up these packages ( like pasta, preservations, jars). Side Note: You can also buy bigger packages of food you know won’t go bad, this way you save some packaging and therefore the production of unnecessary plastic.

Start your journey now, don’t wait for tomorrow and don’t make excuses – there aren’t.