Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 4-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.
Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
Every Friday I share a photo of my fridge.
Then I confess my food waste (should I have any).
I devise a plan to use up any items that potentially could go to waste.
This is called No Waste Tastes Great. It gets shared here at the blog.
And I’m always thinking up ways to prevent food waste, and preserve fresh produce longer. Which again I share.
Why do I do this?
Because by being accountable I do better at reducing my food waste.
Human-nature is intriguing. Frequently I ask myself whether if I didn’t ‘out’ myself each Friday would I waste more food? I’d like to think not. But realistically I do wonder if I would.
Do we behave better when we are being watched? (Gary Vaynerchuk thinks so – see link below)
The internet is frequently criticised for all the harm it can do. But what about all the good it does also? Bringing together like-minded people, virtually. who potentially would never have met in real life.
(Gary Vaynerchuk explains the benefits of our emerging virtual world so much better than I in this interview. Check in from 50 minutes to hear him talk about humans and social media – be aware some of the language is colourful!)
Today I extend an invitation. An invitation to everyone who reads my Friday post. Please join in. Whatever stage you are at in reducing your waste. If it’s something that interests you and you want to do better than you are, then this is the place to be. It works. I have reduced my food waste so much over the last 4 years thank you to The Frugal Girl and the original inspiration.
I’d like at the point give a shout out to Vicki. She joined the food-waste-reduction-party and is going great guns. It truly is fantastic to see how her journey is progressing.
Please do come say hello, it’s getting a little lonely here on a Friday! This isn’t about my food waste, it’s about us all. It’s a Friday meetup to celebrate, congratulate, commiserate and motivate.
Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”
If you blog on WordPress, just make sure you’re in html mode when you copy and paste the code, or it won’t work