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Leftovers

Tonight’s dinner. Tomorrow’s lunch.

Think leftovers are better left uneaten? Nuh-uh, friends. Every year, every single one of us wastes around 300kg of the food that we buy to eat. If food waste was a country, it’d be the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter. And throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower.

But don’t curl up into the foetal position yet: this is where your leftovers come in.

We can change how much food we waste, right from the comfort of our own kitchens. This doesn’t mean eating more than you can stomach. Or reheating iffy-smelling spag bol for dinner. Here’s some simple ways to use and reuse food smarter, and make the planet a little better while you’re at it:

  • Turn last night’s dinner into today’s lunch. Add a slice of bread or a tin of tuna to leftovers to extend a small serve into new meal. Just ensure leftovers are stored smartly – keeping food wrapped in an airtight container, means your leftovers can last longer in the fridge.
  • Plan meals with purpose. Buy ingredients that can be used for multiple meals, or batch cook to save on food waste (and time. And money!)
  • Ordered too much when eating out? Ask for a container to take them home.

Wondering how else you can make a difference?