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Food and family
Buying things that are Australian owned/made or locally grown is better for our economy and the environment.
- Try to purchase items with less packaging. The cost of the packaging is built into the cost of the item, making it more expensive. For example, a large tub of yoghurt is cheaper per kilogram than small individual tubs.
- Check your cupboard before you go shopping and always shop from a list.
- Try to buy fruit and vegies that are grown locally and in season. They are often cheaper and taste better.
- Say no to plastic bags and take your own reusable bags.
- Only buy what you need or try to use what you already have. NSW households throw away more than $2.5 billion worth of edible food every year.
For further information about how to reduce food waste at home go to www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au.
Seasonal buying guide for fruit and vegetables
|Season||Fruit and vegetables in season|
|Summer||apricot, banana, berries, cherries, fig, grapes, lime, lychee, mango, melon, nectarine, orange, passionfruit, peach, pear, pineapple and plum|
|asparagus, avocado, beans, capsicum, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, onion, peas, potato, radish, squash, sweet corn, tomato and zucchini|
|Autumn||apple, banana, custard apple, fig, grape, guava, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, orange, passionfruit, pear, plum, pomegranate, rhubarb and quince|
|Asian greens, avocado, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leek, lettuce, mushroom, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, spinach, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, turnip and zucchini|
|Winter||apple, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, passionfruit, pear, quince and rhubarb|
|avocado, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, leek, olives, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato and turnip|
|Spring||apple, banana, berries, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, mango, melon, orange, papaya, passionfruit, paw paw, pineapple and pomelo|
artichokes, Asian greens, asparagus, beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, chillies, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, mushroom, onion, peas, potato, silverbeet, spinach, sweet corn, tomato and zucchini
Children and Family
Raising a family can be expensive but there are many ways to save money, without compromising your family's needs, while still helping the environment.
- If you have a child in nappies, consider reusable nappies. They are much cheaper in the long run when compared to disposable nappies and much better for the environment.
- Children often out-grow clothes before they wear them out so buying and donating pre-loved clothing can save lots of money and reduce waste.
- Check your local library to see if they have a toy library where you can borrow toys rather than buying new ones.
- Making meals at home with fresh fruit and vegies is healthier for the whole family and will help avoid plastic and packaging waste from take away or ready made meals.
- Children love helping in the garden too, so consider composting your food scraps or starting a worm farm. You can use the fertiliser to grow flowers or vegies in the garden.
Did you know?
NSW households throw away more than 800,000 tonnes of food per year.