Did you know that fruits and vegetables are the foods that end up in the trash cans most often? As eco-warriors, it is important to think about the environmental impact of our food choices. One of the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint is to minimize food waste. Many times, proper storage is enough to extend their life and prevent them from being thrown away.
Here are some tips from the Re4Earth team to save your fruit and vegetables:
Keep them dry
Moisture can lead to mold and spoilage, so it's important to keep your produce dry. After washing them, make sure to dry them thoroughly before storing them.
Store them in a cool, dry place
Fruits and vegetables are best stored at temperatures between 1,5 and 5 degrees Celsius. Most refrigerators have a designated crisper drawer for produce, but if you don't have one, you can store them in a cool, dry place such as a pantry.
Use reusable bags
Plastic produce bags are a major contributor to plastic waste. Instead, use reusable bags made from organic cotton or mesh. They're not only eco-friendly, but they also help your veggies and fruits stay fresher for longer by allowing air to circulate.
Store them in glass containers
Plastic containers can leach harmful chemicals into your food, especially when they're heated or exposed to acidic foods. Glass containers are a safer and more eco-friendly option. They're also more durable and can be reused multiple times.
Use beeswax wrap
Beeswax wrap are a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. They're made from cotton fabric coated in beeswax, which creates a natural seal around your food. They're reusable and can be washed with soap and water.
By following these eco-friendly storage tips, you can reduce your carbon footprint and minimize food waste. Not only will you be doing your part for the environment, but you'll also save money by extending the shelf life of your products.
Remember, small changes can make a big difference!