Go shopping more often
Taking smaller, more frequent shopping trips may sound like a chore. But shopping a few times per week allows you to wait until perishables are used up before replenishing them, which will greatly decrease food spoilage in your fridge.
“The key is to go more often,” Valentine says. “The way people used to eat is they walked down to the market, got what they needed and went home to make it. Nothing spoiled, and there was virtually no waste.”
“So the trick is, how do we do that in today’s society?”
To prevent spoilage, Valentine recommends heading to the store at least twice a week and purchasing only what you will feasibly use before your next trip.
To reduce excess fuel use that may come with more frequent shopping, try to pinpoint grocery stores and farmer’s markets along your regular commute for a smaller carbon footprint and less food waste.
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