5 tips against food waste

5 tips against food waste

5 tips against food waste

Hey! My name is Berend and i am the sustainability blogger at Enjoy Today. I study nutrition and dietetics at the HvA and am currently busy with my internship. Through my studies i know a lot about food and the production of it. I’m going to provide you with tips/trends/whatever twice a month around the subject of food and sustainability.

This week i want to talk about food waste

Food waste is the stupidest problem that there is. Full stop. Millions of people on this planet are hungry while we just chuck everything in the bin. Also think about the unnecessary pollution resulting from the production of food which just ends up in the rubbish bin.

According to milieu centraal annually we waste 700 million kilo’s of good food that’s still fine to eat. The largest part, 42% according to InStock, is wasted by the consumers themselves. Luckily there are enough Dutch people that see that this can’t go on any longer. According to this article the Dutch now waste on average around 7kg less food than they did three years ago. We’re heading in the right direction! But it could be better. Therefore here’s five tips to counteract food waste yourself in an cheap and easy way:

Voedingscentrum eating buddy

You know it, you’ve had a long day at uni and you’re hungry. You throw pasta in your pan and always cook too much. The Voedingscentrum has therefore developed the eating buddy. With this measuring cup you measure precisely the amount of pasta, rice, water etc. needed per person, based on the recommended daily amounts. Handy because at the same time you keep an eye on the calories you’re consuming. Order it here for FREE.

Too good to go

You’re hungry and open the fridge: anticlimax, you’ve got no food left. It’s also the end of the month and you’re eagerly awaiting your monthly sponsoring from Ome Duo. The solution: The app Too good to go. Order for around €5,- a mystery box from your local supermarket/restaurant/coffee shop/baker filled with products nearly past their sell-by-date. Save the food and save your purse. I received this absurd amount of food for €5,- from my local supermarket. Braise turkey, oven vegetables and mushrooms in the oven for 30 mins with a soy sauce/honey/garlic/chilli marinade and you’ve got a delicious evening meal for the next three days.

Instock

Restaurant Instock puts food waste on the map. Every day they collect unsold products from the local supermarkets. The chefs then create the tastiest creations from it. For max €10,- you have, as well as a full stomach, even saved food from the rubbish bin. Visit instock at the Czaar Peterstraat.

Leftovers

You look in the fridge and see half a bag of kale and a pot of hummus. Now what are you going make with that? Kale chips with hummus sauce of course! There are various sites that help you with creating gastronomic delights with the leftovers in your fridge.

On Supercook you can enter the ingredients still in your fridge and the app comes up with a recipe that you can make. It’s also nice to surprise your house mates! Other sites are kliekipedia.nl and Jamie Oliver leftover recipes.

Kromkommer

Kromkommer produces delicious soups based on vegetables that the supermarkets think aren’t nice enough to put in the shops. So-called misfits. Wonky carrots or straight aubergines don’t end up in the bin this way but instead in your soup bowl. Buy kromkommer at all large supermarkets.

Have you also got some handy tips? Let me know in the comments!

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4 reasons why you need a reusable drinks bottle

4 reasons why you need a reusable drinks bottle

4 reasons why you need a reusable drinks bottle

Single-use plastic disposable bottles shouldn’t and don’t have to be used anymore really. Still there are thousands of plastic water bottles sold annually at the UvA and HvA. And i’m not even mentioning disposable bottles with soft drinks and sparkling water. High time for change! Here are 4 reasons why, for me, you’re not allowed to use single-use plastic disposable bottles anymore.

You cause less waste

It seems from the waste analysis on Sustainability Day (10/10/2019) that the large part of our rubbish is bound for the incinerator. And this despite a lot of this rubbish often still being usable! Here are two solutions: separating the rubbish well and creating less of it. By using a reusable bottle you make it a fair bit easier for both yourself and eventually the world.

Reusable bottles look nicer than plastic bottles

Definitely not the most important reason, but it is a fun one: Join the Pipe have unbelievably nice bottles with the recognizable Amsterdam townhouses on it. These bottles are also available on your campus. So these are actually two reasons in one.

The Dutch tap water must be some of the best in the world

How often can you not drink water out of the tap on holiday? Do I need to say more? One of our basic needs just comes straight out of the tap here. Why would you not make use of it?

You save a lot of money

According to a calculation from the Voedingscentrum you can save yourself a lot of money by drinking tap water. “For 1 euro you can drink water for the whole year, if you go off 1.5 litre per person per day. With bottled water it’s 150 to 500 times more expensive (Voedingscentrum).”

Are you opting for reusable? #WHYNOT

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10 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

10 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

10 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

Hey! My name is Berend and i am the new sustainability blogger at Enjoy Today. I study nutrition and dietetics at the HvA and am currently busy with my internship. Through my studies i know a lot about food and the production of it. I’m going to provide you with tips/trends/whatever twice a month around the subject of food and sustainability.

Eating is fun, sociable and (hopefully) tasty, but there is one thing comes that with food production. Pollution. That is unavoidable. With everything that you eat or drink, you damage the environment in one way or another. The trick is to keep that damage to a minimum and to minimize your footprint. As a student it’s not that hard to make small changes in your daily lives and make a difference. A better world starts with yourself! Here are ten tips that i’ve introduced into my life in order to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.

  1. Shower with dry shampoo

I can’t wake up without a shower. In the shower i obviously wash my hair with shampoo. But did you know that one bottle of shampoo contains 80% water? There are now various powder shampoo’s on the market where you need to add your own water under the shower. Often these shampoo’s are even biodegradable and therefore not damaging to the environment.

  1. Vegan breakfast

After i’ve woken up a bit in the shower it’s time for breakfast. The most important meal of the day! In the morning i can’t eat anything heavy so i have a vegan breakfast. A wholegrain sandwich with muhammara or banana pancakes with oatmeal and chia seeds for example. Good for you and good for the planet!

  1. Buy your food locally

Food doesn’t just magically come from the ground onto your plate. It needs to be transported and that causes greenhouse gas emissions. The transport of food contributes 1/10th of its emissions, that’s a small proportion but easy to remedy. I always try to buy my food and lunch locally. For example at a local caterer at WBH. The food is fresher and tastier!

  1. Eat your seasonal vegetables from the Netherlands

All the vegetables and fruit are available in our supermarkets the whole year round. Crazy, because not all vegetables grow in the Netherlands, let alone in all seasons. In order to limit the emissions of the transport of food it is therefore good to eat seasonal vegetables. That avocado needs to fly in all the way from Mexico, which has a huge impact on the environment. Seasonal fruit and vegetables from the Netherlands are fresher and tastier! You don’t know which fruit and vegetables are seasonal? Then check https://groentefruit.milieucentraal.nl/ for a handy tool.

  1. Bring your own coffee cup

Every year there are 3 billion coffee cups thrown away in the Netherlands. That’s an unbelievable amount of unnecessary waste. Plastic cups are bad for the environment, logic. But cardboard cups aren’t much better! Because of the coating on the inside, they can be difficult to recycle. So bring your own cup and save that waste. You currently get a discount on coffee at all sorts of places if you bring your own cup. For example at the Kiosk at stations.

  1. Use your own reusable water bottle.

Using a disposable bottle every time for drinking only leads to an unnecessary amount of plastic waste. Filling your disposable bottle with water is also not really that good either. Millions of bacteria can build up on the inside of the bottle. Disgusting! So bring your reusable bottle: for example a kekke Join the Pipe bottle. Additionally, the tap water in the Netherlands is often cleaner than bottled water.

  1. Take your whole with you

An apple is tasty, nutritious and healthy. It grows in the Netherlands and is therefore good for the environment. Apart from if it’s got plastic packaging in the shops. An apple already has some packaging: ‘the skin’. Unnecessarily a lot of plastic is used to package fruit to-go. For example, a fruit salad that you buy in the Kiosk is in a plastic tub, with a plastic film and a plastic fork.

  1. Scraps!

You look in the fridge and you only see old scraps. Have a look on kliekipedia.nl or https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes to see what sorts of treats you can still make with your scraps. Throwing away is a waste!

  1. Buy budget range packs

Budget range packs relatively contain more product with less packaging material. Often as well as proportion they’re also cheaper. Ka-ching, means you don’t have to visit Ome Duo as often. You can freeze mountains of food or cook for all your house mates.

  1. Watch out with meat replacer’s and cheese.

Even though many meat replacer’s and cheese seem like a good and sustainable alternative. That’s not always the case. According to MilieuCentraal cheese is as bad for the environment as beef. If you want to eat meat replacer’s, then use burgers made from vegetables and beans/pulses. Then you’ll also get plenty of protein!

Have you also got some handy tips? Let me know in the comments!

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A litre for a litre

A litre for a litre

A litre for a litre

In the past year, the campuses of the UvA and HvA together have provided 640,592 litres of clean drinking water. Every litre of water used in the coffee machines is donated to Made Blue, an organisation that creates clean drinking water in developing countries. This partnership has therefore ensured that 600 people have access to clean and safe drinking water for the next 10 years.

Nutrition and sustainability

Nutrition and sustainability

Nutrition and sustainability

With the day of sustainability still fresh in the memory we’ve been looking for practical initiatives where we see sustainability and nutrition coming together. The food supply chain is one the most pollutant in the world, almost a third of all the CO2 emissions come from the production of food and we waste 41kg per year. In order to help you reduce food waste we’ve collated the following 5 places.

Too good to go

Too good to go is an app where restaurants and shops offer what they have left at the end of the day. You can pick up the food packages for a bargain. This way the shops have less food waste and you’ll have tasty cheap food. Win win!

Instock

Instock is a restaurant that collects unused products from the supermarket to make artisan creations. Every week there are 8 different dishes on the menu that are dependent on the ingredients that are collected. In addition they make beer from leftover bread and potatoes and countless other products. You’ll find Instock at Czaar Peterstraat 21.

Taste before you waste

Taste before you waste is a platform that tries to help consumers waste less food. Every week they rescue 250kg from the rubbish bin. Every Monday and Wednesday they offer dinners at the Dokhuis Gallery in Amsterdam-East. You pay what you want to for a delicious vegetarian meal.

During the markets at the same location, you can get free food for a donation that you can decide yourself.

Get Chefs

Get Chef’s is an app where restaurants can offer their leftover dishes for a cheaper price. As the customer you buy the dish through the app. You can then either takeaway or eat in the restaurant.

No food wasted

The 35% off sticker from Appie, but then digital. Where can you buy products that run up to the sell-by-date? With the ‘no food wasted’ app you can find out. With this app you can counteract the food waste at your local supermarket and even get cheaper groceries. Click here for more information.

by Berend Kluijfhout

Food trends for millenials

Food trends for millenials

Food trends for millenials

How do food businesses look at the new consumer? This is what trend watcher Ariane van Mancius answered on the 4th October during the Food Forward event at FLOOR in the Kohnstammhuis.

 

Millenials came from near and far to debate centre FLOOR in the Kohnstammhuis to discover the newest trends and explore the most innovative food concepts. What are the trends and how do companies reach the millenial?

According to Mancius there are 6 different trends amongst millenials:

Taste

Taste is very important. In particular, the most important point here is diversity. Food needs to be inclusive and there should be a different option for everyone. Think about all the different varieties of pepernoten that you find in the shops.

Packaging

The packaging is one of the most important components of a food product. Good packaging stimulates and grabs your attention. Don’t just think of the nice label but also the shape of the packaging. For example, a stand-up pouch or existing products in convenient packaging for on the go.

Health

Healthy alternatives have already been around for a while. Vegetarian/vegan products and concepts grow like mushrooms (also vegan!) out of the ground. Think about the vegan junk food bar and even vegetarian burgers at McDonald’s!

Food concepts

Food concepts are being discovered (again). A restaurant can’t just be a restaurant anymore. Nowadays you see with concepts such as the avocado show and cookie dough bar Baker’s Dough that whole concepts surrounding one ingredient are created. Guests identify themselves with where they eat and gladly share that on social media.

Plant friendly

Think about the environment. That’s the message. Unnecessary plastic-use is removed even more. Think about disposable straws being replaced by a cardboard variant or labels lasered in the skin of vegetables and fruit instead of printed on plastic packaging.

Technology

What do we think of cultured meat from a lab or 24/7 till-less grocery shopping? In the area of technology there is still a lot to be discovered. Here lies the future and food triggers our imagination. Ethical issues lie ahead, but the future and the changes that accompany it are inevitable.

by Berend Kluijfhout photography FLOOR