How disappointing is it - when you pass the fruit bowl, reach for that juicy pear/apple/banana only to discover it’s well and truly past its use by date!!
The Squeeze: Aussies throw out $8 billion of edible food each year and that $2.67 billion or 33% is fresh food (including fruit and vegetables).
When food rots in landfill it gives off a greenhouse gas called methane which is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution from cars. Not only that but when you throw out food you waste the water, fuel and resources it took to get that food to your table.
Keep your fruits & veg in proper storage to keep them fresh and prevent waste. Here are some helpful tips:
- Don’t store fruits & veg together: Some fruits have high levels of ethylene that can prematurely ripen and spoil your vegies
- Let your vegetables breath: remove ties and bands, pack them loosely in the fridge and put holes in the bags you store them in for air flow
- For the fridge: grapes, capsicums, all citrus and berries
- For the fruit bowl: avocados, tomatoes, mangos, melons, apples, pears and non-cherry stone fruits.
Living Lime: Beth Terry at My Plastic Free Life has many great ideas on how to store your fruits and vegetables with no plastic!
By Kathryn Collins