Be honest – have you ever forgotten what’s lurking in the bottom of your refrigerator? You’re not alone. In fact, 1/10 of every weekly food shop makes its way to landfill. Many of us have no system for storing perishables, which is why leftovers, half-eaten lunches and food that is past its expiration date ends up in the bin.
Food storage might seem like a basic concept, but it’s one that few people have a good grasp of. For example, health experts recommend storing certain foods in specific areas of your refrigerator to prevent cross contamination. As well as preventing health issues, taking the time to reassess where items are stored reduces the chance of making duplicate purchases that contribute to clutter.
Tackling and reducing food waste is an important concern for many. If you want to do better for the planet, the answer might just be in your refrigerator. Of all the household appliances we rely on, the refrigerator is arguably the most dependable. Despite being in continuous use, most have a lifespan of 10 - 20 years.
Refrigerator technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. Features such as Total No Frost and All-Around Cooling helps maintain an even temperature and avoids ice build up, ensuring food stays fresher for longer and eliminates the need for defrosting – supporting our desire to create more sustainable lifestyles.
To tackle needless food waste, try going back to basics and make time to stock, clean and clear your fridge and monitor its contents. To get you started, here are four simple tips for better fridge management.