5 easy steps to reduce food waste
Hunger is the antithesis of wealth.
Every night, 821 million people go to bed hungry. Yet, approximately 1/3 of all food produced worldwide gets wasted.
As a sovereign wealth fund, we work to increase prosperity and generate sustainable wealth for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
But we should be mindful of our personal choices and habits…
Since 2018, at Mumtalakat we have been trying to highlight the impact of food waste in our daily lives and on our communities. By wasting less and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle, each one of us can contribute to building a world free from hunger.
Here are five easy steps which we can add to our daily habits to help reduce food waste:
1. Buy only what you need
Sounds so simple, but how well do you plan your meals and shop accordingly? Before you do your grocery shopping, make a list of the items you need and don’t buy anything else. You’ll save money and waste less food! Be realistic. Sometimes, we think that we need much more than what we actually consume.
2. Pay attention to food labels
Always check the “best before date” and “use by” dates. Food may still be safe after the “best before date” and can be cooked, rather than wasted. The “use by” date indicates when food is no longer safe to eat. If you know you’ll cook a particular meal soon, pay attention to the food labels on your ingredients to avoid them being thrown away.
3. Store your food better
A lot of our food find its way to the bin because it goes bad before we eat it. Improper storage is one of the causes. When storing your food in the fridge, use airtight containers to keep it fresh. Freezing is a great way to increase the lifespan of products. You’ll be surprised to know that fruits and vegetables have the highest rate of food wastage, yet they are the easiest to store. You can simply chop them up, freeze them and use them when needed for smoothies, desserts and juices.
4. Donate what you don’t or won’t eat
When we’re hungry, we tend to overestimate our needs, ordering or serving more food than our bodies need. Try to control your portions and share or donate your leftover meals. Remember, your unwanted food could be someone else’s meal.
Find a local food bank that will take anything from leftover meals to packed food items.
Companies can lead such initiatives. For us at Mumtalakat, we do this by partnering with The Conserving Bounties Society, a local food bank in Bahrain, where our employees help pack meals to be distributed to families in need and labourers.
5. Eat your leftovers
Saving your leftovers is a great way to have ready meals on the day you don’t plan to cook. You may leave them in your fridge for the next day or freeze them for longer.
This will save you both cooking time and money. You can pack your leftovers in clear glass containers with dated labels to help you keep track and consume them before they go bad.
These are just a few simple things to bear in mind, but there is much more to be done.
Check out our social media accounts to find out more about Mumtalakat’s initiatives to eliminate food waste and global hunger, contributing to a wealthier world.
Senior Associate, Communications & Public Affairs
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