We’re all on this planet together, sharing resources and working to keep the world healthy. But people still go hungry. Food waste is a problem and we should all strive to be part of the solution.
The statistics on food waste are staggering. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year - that works out to roughly a third of all food produced for human consumption.
That number may be hard to wrap your head around, so instead let’s look a little closer to home. Is there lettuce languishing away in your refrigerator? Did you find half of a takeout dinner hiding in a styrofoam box toward the back of the shelf? How many cans and packages in your pantry have passed their expiration dates?
You can do your part to prevent needless food waste while making mealtimes fast and easy by using a meal delivery service like our sponsor HelloFresh. Here’s how it makes a difference.
The right proportions
Nobody likes discovering a science project of forgotten edibles in the fridge or the feeling of waste when you scrape a plate’s worth of extra food into the garbage bin.
It’s challenging to figure out proper proportions when you’re staring at jumbo packs and trying to judge exactly how much chicken you need while at the store. Meal delivery services do all the work for you by calculating proportions for each serving and sending exactly the right amount of ingredients.
Not only does this reduce unnecessary leftovers, it also helps keep you healthy by providing you with a perfectly filling meal that will leave you feeling satisfied without overeating.
Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags are a growing problem as they clog up landfills and get loose in the ocean. This should make you think twice about takeout containers. But you won’t feel the need for takeout when you have easy-to-prepare meals delivered right to your home.
Almost all of HelloFresh’s meal delivery packaging is recyclable or compostable. The main boxes are already a mix of recycled and virgin fibers and you can put them in with your regular recyclables. How about the rest of the kit? You can pop the honeycomb-like paperboard, kit boxes and separators in the recycling bin as well. As for the gel ice packs, just snip the corner, empty the contents into the trash and recycle the #4 plastic.
Commit to reducing food waste
HelloFresh just celebrated a major milestone in April by donating over 1 million meals worth of food to hunger-relief organizations. It’s all part of HelloFresh’s efforts to keep food out of landfills. The strategy is working and helping people in need at the same time.
While meal kits make it easy to keep food waste to a minimum in your own home, you can also take these tips to heart:
- Have a plan for your leftovers so they get eaten and not lost in the refrigerator.
- Periodically take stock of your pantry and freezer and make use of what you already have.
- Store foods properly, such as in air-tight containers or in the proper fridge drawer, to prolong their shelf lives.
- Stick to your shopping list when you go to the grocery store so you don’t end up with unnecessary supplies that will go to waste.
- If you’re a gardener, then start a compost pile for green scraps.
Take the stress out of meal planning
Fast. Delicious. Healthy. And delivered right to your door. Kim relies on HelloFresh to bring joy to the dinner table.