An invitation from Mrs Green and Small Footprints!

Click here for National Zero Waste week 2013I’m teaming up with Small Footprints for this week’s “Change the World Wednesday” to invite you to tackle food waste.

What, you don’t have any?

Most people I know claim they have no food waste, but when I challenge them to take an audit, they find they DO have something.

The most typical types of food waste come from buying too much and cooking too much.

It might be aspiration food waste – ya know, that weird ingredient you keep buying because it’s trendy or you feel you ‘should’ eat it.

There’s “I got sick” food waste where your flagging appetite means things go off before you can eat them.

There’s “I’m too busy” food waste where you either don’t eat at all, or you go for the convenient option and ignore your fresh food.

There’s “I’m stuck in a rut” food waste where you buy the same things week in, week out and realise you’ve stockpiled something.

There’s “I’ve gone off this!” food waste – common in households with children.

There’s “Can’t be arsed” food waste – similar to the “I’m too busy” food waste.

There’s “Last minute invite” food waste where friends invite you out and that ‘Use it up!’ meal you’d been promising can’t wait for you.

There’s “Freezer burn” food waste where you’ve done the right thing by freezing leftovers, but then, due to poor organisation you don’t get to it on time.

There’s “Couldn’t resist the offer” food waste where you’ve been lured by a 3 for 2 offer, only to find you can’t eat it in time.

Whatever sort of food waste you have, Small Footprints and I would love you to tackle it once and for all.

Sign up for zero waste week; which takes place 2-8th September, pledge your support and you’ll get daily motivational emails from me keeping you on track! On the site you’ll find all sorts of ideas for reducing food waste and some great recipes for using up those things that might otherwise go off. You can even add your own favourite recipes to our database!

In the meantime I’d love to hear how *you* deal with food waste…


  1. Alicia on July 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I try to avoid food waste by cooking in bulk and freezing meals for later.

    I’ will be particularly vigilant going forward about wasting…

  2. Julie on July 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I really enjoy your blog – it’s very thorough and informative!
    I just started my own blog on green living. I’m focusing on decreasing personal consumption little by little, but also on trendy topics, such as eco-fashion, eco-beauty and health – to appeal to a larger crowd.
    Would you have any recommendation for me? Maybe we could create some kind of partnership at some point? (like maybe writing guest posts for each other?)
    Best regards,

  3. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking on July 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I am so glad that I am able to comment again on your blog. The past several weeks every time I have tried to comment it wouldn’t let me. This is such a great post!! Food waste is really a normal thing in most households. We try so hard for that not to happen. We will freeze leftovers so that they don’t go bad and id we have lots of veggies left we will make soups and stews. Sometimes bananas will start to get to ripe to eat so we freeze them to make smoothies or ice cream. I agree with Julie you have a wonderful blog that is always so full of awesome information!!