SHIRINKING PORTION SIZES
&
5 TIPS TO MINIMIZE FOOD WASTE

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Plan wisely before cooking.

To avoid cooking too much food, always cook 30% less than you usually do, it will target just the right amount of food for your guests.

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Use smaller plates and dishes.

A Danish survey shows that if the plate size is reduced by just 9%, the food waste can be reduced by over 25%.

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Choose smaller shopping carts and shopping baskets.

Ask yourself if you really need those Mega Packs and bulk discounts.

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Order the right amount for you.

And asking for a doggy bag for those good leftovers is always the smart solution to restaurant excess.

Selina Juul argues that most of cafés, restaurants and supermarkets are serving and selling larger portions
of food.

In the USA, the trend of serving massive amount of food is growing. While European eateries are
increasing their portions slowly, they still lag behind American ones.
The point is that bigger is not better. Better is better. Sustainable food is better. In the US, household
refrigerators are massive despite household size shrunken in the last five years; as a consequence, it leads to
buying more unnecessary food.


Another matter is that shopping carts in supermarkets have grown 20% in the last 20 years, and most of
shopping baskets are on wheels. Moreover, she points out that quantity discounts are “food waste trap[s]”
seducing us to needlessly purchase large quantities of food which ends up tossed in the trash.

 

 

With that in mind, here are five tips that you can use to minimize food waste in your life: