Participate in the Waste-Free Week

At TakeAware, we don't beat around the bush: we're all about sustainability. That means not only are we committed to reducing plastic usage and combating plastic pollution, but we're also dedicated to anything that benefits the environment. From September 11th to 17th is the Waste-Free Week in the Netherlands, and we're more than happy to join in. Wasting food is not only a waste of the energy and resources invested in it but also has a significant impact on the environment. In this article, we share 5 tips to reduce food waste.

Participate in the Waste-Free Week

5 tips to reduce food waste

Have you ever thrown away food because it was past its expiration date or spoiled? You're not alone. Food waste is a significant issue in many households, but fortunately, there are clever tips to prevent it. During Waste-Free Week, you're encouraged to be mindful of food waste, and we're here to give you a helping hand. Here are 5 tips to reduce food waste:

1. Frozen vegetables and fruits as a healthy and sustainable alternative

Frozen vegetables and fruits not only retain their nutritional value but also stay good much longer than fresh produce. Moreover, the convenience of the freezer makes it easy to grab the right portions, reducing waste.

2. Smart storage

Did you know that cucumbers are actually better stored outside the refrigerator? On the other hand, apples can stay fresh for up to 4 weeks in the fridge. Want more storage tips? The Food Centre offers a handy online Storage Guide with storage tips for over 2000 products.

3. Best before and use by dates

Do you have milk or another product that's past its Best Before date? Assess its quality by looking, smelling, and tasting it after the date. If it still tastes good, you can go ahead and consume it.
For highly perishable items, there's the Use By date. If you can't consume it before or on this date, freezing is a good option to prevent food waste.

4. Repurpose letfovers

If you save leftovers, you can consume them later. Turn leftover vegetables into a delicious soup, or use stale bread to make croutons. This way, you give food a second life!
In most cases, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days, while they typically remain good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

5. Freeze fresh herbs

Want to preserve fresh herbs for a longer time? Chop them finely, place them in an ice cube tray, add oil, cover the tray, and store it in the freezer. You can easily use the herb ice cubes in dishes by adding them to the pan.
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Packaging as an ally against food waste

Packaging can have a positive impact in the fight against food waste. If you run a foodservice business, consider always offering your guests the option to take leftovers home in a doggy bag instead of throwing away food. Use environmentally friendly disposables for this purpose, and you're already on the right track!

TakeAware is ready to support you in transitioning to more sustainable disposable packaging. In our digital shelves, you'll find a wide range of friendly disposables that contribute to a circular economy, where waste gets a second life! We offer various disposables, often made from plant-based materials. Check out our full range now.