Reducing your waste

Our grandparents produced very little waste. Our way of living and consumption, as well as the practices of industry and shops, have vastly increased the average volumes of our household waste. These waste volumes have a huge impact on resources and our environment. Yet the future is not written in stone, because we can strive to reduce our waste even before we sort it for recycling. We can all move towards a ‘zero waste’ goal. Here are a few tips that we should all follow!

Buy better

Sometimes our cupboards are overflowing with perishable goods. However, managing your food stocks is one of the keys to wasting less. But only buying what you need is easier said than done. Learning a few easy habits helps you to avoid unnecessary purchases.


3 anti-waste habits at the supermarket

Plan your meals in advance and make a shopping list: You will limit your impulse buys and save time.

Go for loose fruit and vegetables: You will buy exactly the right quantity and cut down on packaging.

Do not do the shopping when you are hungry: It is a funny thing, but studies have shown that we buy too much and make poorer choices on an empty stomach.

Better storage

Past its sell-by date yoghurt, spoiled fruit, or mouldy biscuits… Too much food ends up in the waste bin because it was not properly stored. This results in a lot of waste! The solution is to follow a few good habits, in order to store food properly and throw away less.

Check out these tips for better food storage and to avoid waste.

Zero-waste tips

Did you know that a third of the food waste we throw away could have been eaten? In Brussels, it means 19 kg of food wasted per person per year. That is way too much for the environment… and for your wallet. Just a few simple, common-sense actions are all you need to become a zero-waste expert.

Buy better to waste less

Avoiding waste starts at the supermarket. If you only buy what you need, you will considerably reduce the amount you throw away.

Nothing goes to waste in the kitchen

Stale bread, bruised fruit, leftovers... nothing is wasted in the kitchen because everything can be turned into something else.

Organise your fridge

A quarter of the food we throw away has not even been touched! Storing food properly prevents wastage.