LIFE STYLE

Eco Shopping – reasonable shopping

Text: Mariola Weindich-Mašek, photos: Anna Plaszczyk

19 September 2016

Before you go shopping, it is good to plan it well. Conscious consumer does not buy unnecessary things, and thats half the battle. The other half consists of seemingly trivial things - checking the expiration date and proper storage of food.

How many of us check the expiration date? Few. And that is the best way to reduce the amount of the discarded food. Every year, around the world millions of ton of food are being thrown away. According to a SMG / KRC studies, conducted on behalf of the Federation of Polish Food Banks, in Poland 9 million tons of food are wasted annually. It is an alarming amount, but it can be reduced with just a few simple things. First of all – its worth to plan carefully your shopping and remember not to be hungry while shopping. As it turns out, when we are starving, we more often reach for unnecessary things.

Secondly – you need to pay attention to the information on the packaging concerning the shelf life. "Best before" and "expiry date " - thanks to these descriptions you will not throw money in the trash. The proper storage of food is another important thing. Let us remember that fresh products: fruits, vegetables and dairy products lose their validity very quickly. Let us buy them less but more often. When we bought too much, in order to reduce waste of the food, we can just use freezer. Most of the products, especially those processed, are suitable for freezing.

Ready meals in the freezer have many advantages. They often save our lives during unannounced guests visits, or when member of the family is eating like a horse. By freezing we do not throw away food, our wallet is thicker and what is the most important – we do not waste energy, water and do not pollute the earth. The production, storage and transport of food is very expensive. Each ton of thrown away food equals 4.2 tones of CO2 equivalent emitted into the environment. Therefore, economic shopping with a "head" means also an ecological shopping!

Before you go shopping, it is good to plan it well. Conscious consumer does not buy unnecessary things, and thats half the battle. The other half consists of seemingly trivial things - checking the expiration date and proper storage of food. How many of us check the expiration date? Few. And that is the best way to reduce the amount of the discarded food. Every year, around the world millions of ton of food are being thrown away. According to a SMG / KRC studies, conducted on behalf of the Federation of Polish Food Banks, in Poland 9 million tons of food are wasted annually. It is an alarming amount, but it can be reduced with just a few simple things. First of all – its worth to plan carefully your shopping and remember not to be hungry while shopping. As it turns out, when we are starving, we more often reach for unnecessary things.

Secondly – you need to pay attention to the information on the packaging concerning the shelf life. "Best before" and "expiry date " - thanks to these descriptions you will not throw money in the trash. The proper storage of food is another important thing. Let us remember that fresh products: fruits, vegetables and dairy products lose their validity very quickly. Let us buy them less but more often. When we bought too much, in order to reduce waste of the food, we can just use freezer. Most of the products, especially those processed, are suitable for freezing.

Ready meals in the freezer have many advantages. They often save our lives during unannounced guests visits, or when member of the family is eating like a horse. By freezing we do not throw away food, our wallet is thicker and what is the most important – we do not waste energy, water and do not pollute the earth. The production, storage and transport of food is very expensive. Each ton of thrown away food equals 4.2 tones of CO2 equivalent emitted into the environment. Therefore, economic shopping with a "head" means also an ecological shopping!