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How Future Foodies Can Help Reduce Food Waste At Home.

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Did you know that food waste is a significant problem in Australia, with over 7.3 million tonnes of food ending in landfills yearly? This problem affects us all, but there are simple steps families with small children can take to help reduce their impact and save money. At Journey Early Learning, we understand the importance of teaching young children about the environment and their actions’ impact on the world around them.

At Journey Early Learning, we understand the importance of teaching young children about the environment and their impact on the world around them. That’s why we’re passionate about ideas for reducing food waste and making a positive impact on the environment. Our centres have their own chefs and kitchens where everything is prepared fresh from scratch. Our talented chefs and kitchen staff work tirelessly to minimise waste by relying on smart meal planning, creative cooking techniques, and innovative ways to use up surplus ingredients. We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to reduce our environmental impact, and we’re proud to be part of the solution. Working together can create a more sustainable world for our children and future generations. 


Here are some tips and tricks from our Future Foodies experts that can help you reduce your family’s food waste:


  • Plan your meals ahead of time and make a shopping list. This will help you buy only what you need, reducing the risk of food going to waste. 

  • Store your food correctly in airtight containers and label them with the purchase date. This will help you use the oldest items first and avoid throwing out food that has gone bad. 

  • Make the most of leftovers and get creative with your recipes. Leftovers can be transformed into new and exciting meals, and getting creative in the kitchen can make cooking fun and exciting for the whole family. 

  • Compost your food scraps to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. This is a great way to reduce food waste and teach children about the importance of recycling and sustainability. 


By implementing these simple steps, families can significantly reduce food waste and save money. Additionally, the benefits of reducing food waste are significant. For example, the average family with children can save up to $3,000 per year by reducing their food waste. This money can be put towards other expenses, such as housing, education, or entertainment. Therefore, it is important for families to take action and make a conscious effort to reduce food waste.

At Journey Early Learning, learning about the environment can be fun and exciting for young children.


So here are some fun activities and resources that families can use to teach their children about reducing food waste:

  • Have a “leftover challenge” night where you challenge your family to create a meal using only leftovers. 

  • Involve your children in meal planning and preparation. Let them choose a meal they want to make and help them gather the ingredients and prepare the meal. 

  • Share your food with others. If you have excess food you know you won’t be able to eat, consider sharing it with others. This can be a great way to reduce food waste and build relationships in your community. 


By working together and taking small steps, we can significantly impact the environment and create a better world for future generations. At Journey Early Learning, we’re committed to teaching children about sustainability and reducing food waste. So, join us on this journey towards a more sustainable future!


Here are some additional resources that can help young children learn about food waste:

  • “Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals – This book introduces children to composting and teaches them the importance of reducing food waste in a fun and interactive way. 
  • “The Ugly Vegetables” by Grace Lin – This book teaches children about the beauty of imperfection. It encourages them to embrace “ugly” vegetables that may not look perfect but are still delicious and nutritious. It’s a great way to teach children about reducing food waste and embracing diversity. 
  • Use It Up | Save food, save money, save the planet! (ozharvest.org).

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