Food and family

Buying things that are Australian owned/made or locally grown is better for our economy and the environment.Fruit

  • 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.