Safefood.eu in conjunction with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) you will have heard their adverts on RTE radio 1 offering ways to reduce the production of food waste in the home, handling it safely and their web site also offers practical ideas on providing nutrition to children at school with proper lunches.
Food waste arising out of Store bought produce was believed to cost the average Irish household more than €1000 a year in 2011. In 2014 we have gotten better and the cost per household is believed to be about €700. However remember you still pay refuse charges on top of this to have your own food waste taken away. (Source www.stopfoodwaste.ie figures published in 2011 & 2014.)
Note! July 1st 2015 will see the introduction nationally of Pay by Weight for all Refuse Collectors e.g. they must be compliant in providing weight measurements to households for all domestic waste coolected. Domestic household’s will not be billed by Pay by Weight until July 1st 2016.
SIANS PLAN is a qualified home economist with over 25 years experience. She’s great at thinking of ways to make life easier for home cooks. A busy mother of 3 boys, meal plan in colour came to her as a very welcome inspiration.
Sians company has already won two major awards for innovation and she was delighted to link up with Brown Bin Rescue to help families in Ireland with her plans,at the Resource Ireland waste food event October 17th & 18th in 2012. Watch this quick video and see for yourself.
You want to cook but can’t get the time to plan, having a easy plan for the weeks simple meals would be so much easier. Well your wish is granted with ‘Moms Who Think‘ who give you easy Dinner Recipes and Menus. They’ve put together eight weeks worth of quick and easy dinner recipes, full weeks of recipes and the meal plans that go with each day. So get cracking.
Botanical gardens Glasnevin Dublin
Apart from the beautiful array of flowers and exotic plants on display to the public, the Botanic gardens also has a whole section dedicated to ‘Home Composting’ so call in, and there is always someone on hand to answer any questions you may have, and the kids love seeing it all in front of their eyes.
Eating out with the Kids!
If you are going to eat out with the younger members of the family and want to avoid the usual ‘Kids menu’ you know the ‘Chicken Nuggets and Chips’ menu, then check out www.wheretoeat.ie and click on the ‘Kids Size Me’ tab for participating restaurants. Obesity is far too prevalent in the young children of today, and apart from the recommended minimum 20 minutes of exercise a day, correct portion size and quality of food is essential in addressing this growing health risk issue.
So when booking your restaurant ask if they have signed up to the ‘Kids Size Me’ program and if not ask why not. If they do have a children’s menu and you are not happy with its content, then ask if they will do a child’s portion of an adult meal at a child menu price, and if they refuse then book elsewhere.
Please ask any restaurant that provides you with this service, and is not on the www.wheretoeat.ie website to please register with them, then display the ‘Kids Size Me’ logo and probably get more family custom so more Kids will benefit.
Zero Waste Alliance Ireland
There are even more people actively working and giving of their time for free to try to have as much of our food waste recovered and recycled. Zero Waste Alliance Ireland (ZWAI) is a registered environmental charity, nationally based, and is a member of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership. ZWAI is a policy oriented organization, established in 2004, to focus on Zero Waste principles (whole lifecycle approach) where waste is seen as a resource.
ZWAI promotes a rethink of current discard, disposal practices and works towards a circular economy. We are engaged at national and EU level in policy initiatives and information campaigns.