How to buy sustainable food and avoid waste

As consumers we have the opportunity to transform our environment, we can be an active agent in the consumption chain and get closer to sustainability. A sustainable purchase is a way of coping with our consumption, seeking to satisfy our needs through efficient use of natural, human and economic resources.

What characteristics do products have to have to be sustainable?

In the market we can find many sustainable products, but we must detect them among the majority of the offer. They are usually labeled (social, environmental and energy labels), they have a long description that refers to the origin, the impacts generated by the product and its composition.

In some cases, these characteristics do not appear, so we must assess other points such as the packaging, price and even appearance of the product. For example, that they do not use too much plastic, come from places close to the sale and with a sustainable label.

How to start buying sustainable food if we are not used to it?

The first step to sustainable purchasing is planning. Carefully analyze what you usually consume and reduce the amounts of what is always left over or spoils soon, look for the products that we have described above and always check the food stored at home to avoid buying again items that we already have.

This type of consumption habits will gradually accustom us to being more sustainable!

6 tips to make a more sustainable purchase and avoid food waste

There are some interesting things that we can do in our daily lives to fight against food waste from our position as consumers:

  1. Prepare shopping list and weekly menu. When we buy without a list or planning, we can buy up to 40% more than we should. Thinking about what we will eat not only helps against waste and the pocket but also favors a much more balanced diet.
  2. Review of expiration dates. We usually have expired products or products close to expiration in our pantries and refrigerators without being aware of it, a weekly review will help us waste less.
  3. Beware of offers. The offers are sometimes very succulent and we can be tempted to buy more just because of the price and that encourages waste, let us conscientiously value what the offer brings us.
  4. Kitchen of use. There are products that tend to spoil quickly, such as fruits and vegetables. There are many ways to reuse these products: desserts, compotes, jams, dehydrated fruit, etc. There are countless recipes on the internet.
  5. Bulk purchases. It is not always possible, but buying in large quantities considerably reduces the impact of packaging, you can choose the pieces and take only the right amount that we need.
  6. Sustainable food donation. Food donations often manage surplus food.

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