Our LiveLighter team recently launched their Sustainability September Challenge, which encourages you to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help keep yourself and our planet healthy, happy and thriving.
Check out their top tips and tricks to reduce your food waste and become more environmentally friendly.
Reduce plastic waste
Did you know that 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year?!
To help our marine ecosystems thrive, we can all do our part to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we use. Each and every time we say no to single-use plastic it's a small victory for our oceans - and the collective action of many will add up to a big victory for the planet.
Here are five ways you can reduce your plastic waste:
- Bring your own ‘green' bags from home when shopping. Keep some in your car so you always have a bag handy.
- Invest in reusable produce bags. These also make great gifts!
- Choose unwrapped produce at the store where you can.
- Carry a reusable water bottle when you go out so you never need to rely on purchasing a single-use plastic bottle when you're thirsty.
- Reduce the amount of takeaway you buy, and cook at home instead. Takeaway containers, plastic cutlery and straws add up to a lot of plastic waste!
Get crafty with herbs
Are you tired of throwing away your sad, wilted herbs from the bottom of the crisper each week?
Here's our handy tip to give your herbs a second chance and make sure you always have a flavour pop on hand when cooking. You'll need:
- Ice cube tray.
- Herbs that are close to the end of their shelf life.
- Olive or canola oil.
Roughly break or chop your herbs and push them into an ice cube tray. Top up with oil and place the tray in the freezer. Once cubes are frozen, pop them out and store them in a container in the freezer. It's that simple!
A growing number of Aussies are trying to reduce their intake of animal foods, and there are a lot of good reasons why.
In this blog we take a deep dive into why a plant-based diet has been coined a golden diet for the planet, health and your bank account.
Composting is an easy way to reduce your food waste and is great for your garden too.
All organic household waste (plants, animal, or their by-products) can be composted. Food scraps, cardboard, coffee ground and paper towel can all go in!
Save vegie scraps
Looking for a fun new project? Want to know exactly what's in your food, whilst also being sustainable?
Making your own stock saves money, reduces food waste, and makes for delicious dishes.
The secret to our stock is using the week's vegie scraps. Put a zip-lock bag in the freezer and put your vegie peels, skins and ends in there as you go. Vegies that are soft, wilted or past their prime (but not rotten or mouldy) are perfect for this too. Once you've got about two cups of scraps, you're ready to make stock!
This article was originally published on livelighter.com.au.
- We deliver the LiveLighter program, which aims to encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles - to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.
- You can find lots of great tips, resources and information at livelighter.com.au.