Overconsumption, buying too much, packaging waste… Food waste has unfortunately become commonplace. To fight against this environmental and economic scourge, several tips exist, according to Célia Renesson, co-founder of the association Réseau Vrac.
Every year, we find in household waste 29kg of food waste per person, according to the association Bulk network. Célia Rennesson, co-founder of the association, discusses the reasons for food waste and the solutions, in particular bulk, to be implemented in our daily lives.
Where does food waste come from?
Food waste is at two levels. It is both due to overconsumption. We buy packaged products that we didn’t need, let the expiry date slip away and throw them in the trash. This represents 7 kg per person of waste each year, according to ADEME.
Also it can concern food that we have not finished consuming, because there were too many of them. For example, a packet of biscuits that have been started, left lying around in the back of the cupboard, the biscuits have softened and the packet is thrown away. What creates waste is imposing a pre-packaged and closed format. The consumer is forced to buy this quantity and no less, when this does not meet his real needs.
Bulk is one of the solutions that allows consumers to regain control of their consumption.
What is bulk?
Bulk is the sale of products presented without packaging, in quantities chosen by the consumer, in a reusable or reusable container. It will allow customers to freely choose the quantity they want to buy, depending on their budget. In France, 70% of supermarkets have an organic bulk section, and they are trying to develop more and more bulk for non-organic products.
We tend to think that bulk is more expensive than packaged products…
No, it’s the opposite. In fact, it can be expensive if the consumer doesn’t know enough about it and buys too much. This is why you have to look at the price per kilo. We were completely unused to looking at this index when studies, in particular from the National Consumer Institute, prove that organic bulk per kilo costs less than packaged bulk. It’s new for the consumer to buy according to the quantities, it’s a trick to take, but in the end he comes out a winner because his shopping will respect his budget and his consumption. Moreover, many students are fond of bulk because it allows them to stick to their budget.
What containers can food be stored in?
You only use reusable containers, which reduces packaging waste. For example, rather than throwing away a jar of jam, you can reuse it to put your food in. You can take small cotton bags, kraft bags.
And at home, how is it possible to reduce food waste?
For me, waste begins with the act of purchase. To avoid over-consuming, buying products you don’t need and throwing them away, keeping a shopping list is a good solution.
Then, pay attention to the quantities you buy: favor bulk, avoid 2+1 free promotions which ultimately push you to buy too much. It’s complicated to really know what you need, depending on whether it’s for a child or a man, so you have to relearn all that but it’s within everyone’s reach.
Finally, when you cook, ask yourself if you don’t cook too much at the risk of not finishing your plate. So do not hesitate to keep the leftovers in the fridge, to freeze them. Or recycle them, make compost!