We've just had week two of the 'Waste Busters' weekly workshop at Go Eco in Hamilton. It's an opportunity to share ideas on creating less waste, having fun making waste-free products and chatting about creating change in our world.
Did you know that putting your food waste into the rubbish bin increased our green house gases!!! The food will decompose without oxygen and release methane gas, which over time raises the earth temperature. Find out more here - Love Food Hate Waste.
Growing Food To Reduce Waste
This week we covered growing food to reduce waste. If we grow some of our own food we reduce wastage in many areas, we reduce:
- Water and resources associated with intenstive growing
- Transport costs
- Imperfection waste (only the good looking fruit or veges get sold in stores and imperfect items usually get dumped)
- Spoilage (so long as we share or preserve our surplus)
- Packaging (single use plastic)
Not to mention reducing our costs!
Not only can you grow your own fruit, veges and berries but you can easily grow your own micro-greens and sprouts. Micro-greens and sprouts are a great way to start!
Options for Food Waste
- Start a compost bin or bokashi unsink system (so easy)
- Maintain a worm farm
- Have chickens or feed someone else's chickens, or pigs
- If you have surplus produce then share with friends or neighbours or if you have a lot of surplus contact a community food bank or an organisation like Kiavolution that distributes food to those in need.