1000 Flowers for the Planet - #327 Create a Menu Plan
The menu plan is an excellent tool to assist you in the running of your household, with many benefits for you and the planet. By making the effort to sit down and work out what is happening in the coming week/fortnight you’ll find that you give yourself a better understanding of where you need to be and at what times. This clarity will prove invaluable to preparing meals daily or in advance, ensuring you provide nutritional foods for yourself and your family. It is also an excellent tool to help you shop once a week or once a fortnight. Combining a menu plan with less frequent shopping expeditions results in a better use of your time, giving back a valuable commodity most people seem to lack these days. Less travel means a reduction in fuel usage, reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and saving money. By purchasing the correct foods in the correct quantities, as per your menu plan, less food is wasted, and as 30% of food is currently thrown away in developed countries, this will make a massive difference to the planet in reducing resources, such as water and fertilisers, used in the production of food. Throwing away less food means financial savings as well. So some valuable investment of your time will create many benefits for you and the planet.