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#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE

with SPUD.ca

 

Start your own food waste revolution with SPUD.ca! We have the lowest food waste of any grocery store in Canada, so you’re already making a difference by shopping with SPUD.ca. Now we want to help you reduce food waste at home as well! 

 

THE CHALLENGE 

Show us how you’re using our food waste reduction tips at home to win. 

 

THE PRIZES 

Each weekly winner will receive a $50 SPUD gift certificate, plus an additional prize to help you keep cutting down on waste. 

 

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Make sure you’re following us and post an image of how you’re using our tips to cut down on food waste at home. 
  2. Add #LetsNotWasteChallenge
  3. Tag your 2 most waste-conscious friends to get them in on this contest.

Why SPUD Has a Cardboard Shredder and How it Works

Yes, we heard you! We’re now taking back your SPUD cardboard boxes. Give a warm welcome our new hero: a cardboard shredder.   For us, finding ways to reduce waste is one aspect we never underestimate the importance of. And we’re always working towards revamping it. Did you know that cardboard and paper make up around…

3 Recipes That Use Your Sourdough Discard

So you made a sourdough starter, now what? If, like me, you have a new obsession and appreciation for sourdough bread; you will find every reason to use it and keep it alive! But is discarding and feeding your starter almost daily starting to feel like a waste?  We have 3 recipes for you to use up your sourdough discard.   First, what is Sourdough Discard? Sourdough discard is the portion of your sourdough starter that you get…

Let’s Celebrate The First Ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Good food is a terrible thing to waste. While I am sure that everyone would agree with this sentiment, food waste research reveals a very different story about how our food system values food. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, about 14% of food is wasted, globally. That’s a lot of food!…

6 RECIPES TO TURN YOUR LEFTOVER FISH INTO ANOTHER GOURMET MEAL

  Any food that we don’t finish, we store it in a container, pop it in the fridge, and warm it up the next day. That is any food but fish. Understandably so, because who actually wants to be a victim of the reek that’s been churning overnight into something much more potent than what…

ALWAYS STUCK WITH LEFTOVER PASTA? HERE’S WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

I very recently learned that the hole in the centre of that pointy pasta spoon/fork thingy is actually a measure for one serving of spaghetti. This is a huge revelation because I am terrible at judging how much pasta I’ll need to cook – I always make way too much and end up with seemingly…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS

This week’s #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE tip is: love your leftovers!   This week we’ll be sharing our best tips for storing and using leftovers, whether accidental or purposeful. Don’t worry, you won’t end up with a freezer that doubles as a time machine.   Make sure you enter our #LetsNotWasteChallenge to win $50 in SPUD credits and a…

DON’T LET A LITTLE MOLD STOP YOU FROM EATING THESE FOODS

Let’s face it. Moldy food looks gross, and if your natural inclination is to toss it out, that’s perfectly understandable. But hear me out – some foods are still perfectly fine to eat once there’s mold growing on them. I know this from personal experience. The other week I bought a pineapple. Organic pineapples are…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: BE AN EXPIRY DATE EXPERT

This week’s #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE tip is: be an expiry date expert!   Do you adhere to the FIFO (first in, first out) system in your kitchen or do you have a more devil-may-care attitude to food organization? Knowing your best before dates is important, but so is knowing what “best before”, “sell by”, and “expiry date”…

HOW TO EMPTY YOUR FRIDGE BEFORE A TRIP WITHOUT WASTING ANY FOOD

Has anyone else ever returned home from vacation only to be met by a complete disaster living in your fridge? Leftovers that were once solid have now liquefied, fruits and veggies have turned slimy, and the bread has grown a fluorescent layer of mold. We’ve all been there, but that’s a lot of food wasted.…

CELEBRATE SPRING WITH THIS COLOURFUL DISH FROM OUR RESIDENT VEGAN

Despite our gloomy weather, it is spring now and with it comes asparagus, a vegetable I particularly love. I came up with this recipe to incorporate asparagus and make a colourful dish to combat these dreary days.   1 ½ lbs of mushrooms, sliced (I used oyster and white) 1 lb asparagus cut into 1…

NEVER THROW OUT A PIECE OF PRODUCE AGAIN WITH OUR HANDY ‘SHELF LIFE OF PRODUCE’ CHEAT SHEET

Do you know what the shelf life is for your fruits and veggies? Yes, it can be a lot to keep track of, but understanding the shelf life of the food you buy is great place to start. We’re learning that a ton of food waste actually happens at home, often in instances where it…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: KNOW HOW TO STORE YOUR FOOD

This week’s #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE tip is: know how to store your food!   When you get your groceries to the kitchen, do you know what should go where? Can potatoes go in the fridge or should they live on the counter? And what about onions? Is milk better off in the door of the fridge or…

FIND OUT HOW COMPOST COLLECTION WORKS IN VANCOUVER

Do you know everything there is to know about compost collection in your area? You know that composting is something that’s good for the environment, and depending where you live, it might actually be the law. But even so, there are still a few skeptics out there who think that collecting food scraps for compost…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: REUSE FOOD SCRAPS AROUND THE HOUSE

This week’s #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE tip is: Use Your Food Scraps Around Your Home!   Maybe you don’t like the idea of eating your scraps. Fair enough. There are lots of other ways you can repurpose food scraps – from compost to crafts to…accessories. Make sure you enter our #LetsNotWasteChallenge to win $50 in SPUD credits and a…

MORE TIPS TO REDUCE WASTE FROM OUR RESIDENT VEGAN

  SPUD is a big believer of and practices reducing their waste. It is something that is also close to my heart. Coming from parents who were brought up during the depression and lived in England during WW11, they always taught me to “waste not, want not”. Everything had a re-purpose from clothing to linens…

SURPRISING WAYS TEA BAGS CAN BE REUSED FOR CLEANING, HEALTH, AND IN THE GARDEN

Did you know that you can get more out of a tea bag than just tea? As part of our Let’s Not Waste Challenge, we’re looking into how we can maximize the food we eat. Which means everything from using up our veggie scraps, to understanding expiry dates, and much more—including reusing foods, when applicable…

HOW FOOD STASH FOUNDATION HELPS BE FRESH KEEP FOOD OUT OF THE LANDFILL

Since we’re committed reducing food waste, we wanted to introduce someone else who is working hard to ensure no food is wasted in Vancouver: Meet David, the founder of Food Stash Foundation- a registered BC non-profit that aims to reduce as many kilograms of food waste from landfills as possible, while helping those in need…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: TURN YOUR FOOD SCRAPS INTO MORE FOOD!

This week’s #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE tip is: turn your food scraps into more food!   A lot of the food that is wasted at home is in the form of so-called ‘scraps’.  But don’t give on those little bits of food.  Repurposing your scraps doesn’t have to be gross or difficult. This week we’ll be sharing our favourite…

HOW OUR RESIDENT VEGAN CUTS DOWN ON HER FOOD WASTE

What do you do with the “scraps” left from your food preparation? Are the scraps really scraps or is there a way to minimize them so you waste less? These are questions that come up frequently. Being a vegan, I think, I possibly have fewer scraps than an omnivore and I try to be more…

HOW ONE BUSY MOM USES MEAL PLANNING TO STAY SANE(ISH)

  I used to scramble back and forth to the grocery store almost every day buying a little of this and a little of that to make a dinner each and every night. I have one child who hates fish and one who loves it. Fish hater loves all things Mexican and spicy and my…

FIVE SIMPLE HACKS TO USE UP THOSE GROCERIES THAT ALWAYS GET THROWN OUT

Do you ever find that you end up throwing out the same kinds of foods every week?   Sure, we work hard to meal plan and properly store our produce, but there are still those groceries that somehow slip through the cracks and are discovered after it’s too late to use them. Or so you…

#LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE TIP OF THE WEEK: PLAN YOUR MEALS!

The first featured tip in our #LETSNOTWASTECHALLENGE is to plan your meals! When you plan out your meals for the week you’ll reduce your food waste because you’ll know exactly what you’re going to eat. You’ll also save time, money, and avoid that ever-annoying “what’s for dinner” struggle. This week we’ll share our best tips…

WHICH TEN FOODS HAVE THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT?

These days, when it comes to eating well, there’s a smorgasbord of different lenses you could use to assess how ‘good’ your food is. We eat for health, for the economy, for social responsibility, and of course, for the environment. But, focusing on that last one, how can we measure how our meals weigh in…

MEAL PLANNING 101: EIGHTEEN INGREDIENTS FOR A SIMPLE WEEK OF MEALS

Meal planning is a great way to help reduce food waste, especially if you can use the same ingredients multiple times, and factor in using your leftovers as well. This means you’ll also save money and time, and eat healthier, which is a huge added bonus. As an example of how effective this can be, I put together…

TURN YOUR FOOD SCRAPS INTO GARDEN FOOD WITH THIS STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BACKYARD COMPOSTING

If you want to get serious about reducing food waste, you’ve got be serious about composting. Sure, you help out by participating in your municipality’s food scraps collection program, but if you’re really ready to roll up your sleeves for the environment (and your garden), it’s time to bring the decomposing party to your own…

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM A WHOLE ROAST CHICKEN

Making a roast chicken is one of the smartest meal-planning moves you can make. Why? Because you can actually stretch that one measly chicken into five dinners. If you can roast a chicken on Monday – and you can, I have faith in you – you’ll set yourself up for a week of flavourful, easy…

HOW SPUD KEEPS FOOD OUT OF THE LANDFILL, AND HOW YOU CAN REDUCE FOOD WASTE TOO

Did you know that close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted? Yep, whether it’s discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets or kitchens, this unbelievable statistic is quite real, even while we face a global food insecurity crisis. Canadians are on average throwing away approximately $600 per year in wasted food.  In the average…

CAN YOU PICKLE IT: LEFTOVER VEGETABLE PARTS

Have you ever gone through that “pickling” phase where any vegetable that you find in your kitchen leads to your mind telling you to pickle it? Green bean? Pickle it. Celery? Pickle it. Cauliflower? Pickle that too. The experimentation process becomes a real and serious obsession as you embark on a journey to find the…

10 VEGETABLES YOU CAN REGROW FROM SCRAP

For those of us who live in an apartment or without a yard, we’re always envious of those who have their own gardening areas for planting and regrowing vegetables. It’s the accessibility, the cost savings, and the knowing that nothing toxic is going into your food. But did you know that there are actually many…

FIND OUT HOW COMPOST COLLECTION WORKS IN EDMONTON

You know that composting is something that’s good for the environment, and depending where you live, it might actually be the law. But even so, there are still a few skeptics out there who think that collecting food scraps for compost collection means turning your kitchen into a fruit-fly-infested home dump. And this couldn’t be…

FIND OUT HOW COMPOST COLLECTION WORKS IN CALGARY

You know that composting is something that’s good for the environment, and depending where you live, it might actually be the law. But even so, there are still a few skeptics out there who think that collecting food scraps for compost collection means turning your kitchen into a fruit-fly-infested home dump. And this couldn’t be…

FIND OUT HOW COMPOST COLLECTION WORKS IN VICTORIA

You know that composting is something that’s good for the environment, and depending where you live, it might actually be the law. But even so, there are still a few skeptics out there who think that collecting food scraps for compost collection means turning your kitchen into a fruit-fly-infested home dump. And this couldn’t be…

STOP TOSSING OUT THESE 6 VEGETABLE TOPS

Sometimes we get root vegetables without their green tops attached, but other times, we get the whole food experience. Our habit is to cut off the vegetable tops and toss them away. But did you know that some of the greens that you’re throwing out can actually be used in recipes and are actually incredibly…

SHOPPING LIST HACKS TO SAVE YOU MONEY + CUT FOOD WASTE

Are you tired of picking past the slimy veggies to get at the stuff in the fridge that’s still good? If yes, chances are that your shopping list planning skills could use some work—and not only that, a new plan will help you save money, cut food waste, and keep you eating healthy. Food is constantly…

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