Take the Six-week Food Waste Challenge

Food waste doesn't just have significant environmental impacts. It also has economic impacts. Take on the Six-week Food Waste Challenge to help reduce food waste, while saving time and money.

About the challenge

Our Six-week Food Waste Challenge aims to help you understand more about food waste in your household and how you can make simple, positive changes to reduce the amount of food you throw away.

Join for one week or more, or participate in the full challenge. You can jump into the challenge at any stage. Every step you take towards reducing your food waste will benefit your wallet and our environment. According to the National Food Waste Strategy, your household could save between $2200-3800 per year by reducing household food waste.

When you get to the end of the six-week challenge, there will be a bonus week, where you can:

  • learn to reduce food waste to landfill by composting, or
  • save money by planting your own herb garden.

Food waste defined

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of food waste:

  • avoidable food waste - food that was supposed to be eaten but wasn't (e.g. sandwich crusts, leftovers, food that's gone out of date)
  • unavoidable food waste - food that could not be eaten (e.g. used tea bags, vegetable peelings, meat bones).

The Six-week Food Waste Challenge focuses on reducing the amount of avoidable food waste your household throws away.

Start the Six-week Food Waste Challenge

It's time to transform yourself from a food waster to a food warrior in just six weeks. The challenge starts now! 

This table includes information about the six-week food challenge weeks including columns by week and challenge.
Week Challenge
One Understanding food waste in your household
Two Buy nothing new
Three Planning ahead and shopping mindfully
Four Smart food storage
Five How to cook with care to make a difference
Six Learning to love your leftovers
Seven Bonus week: start composting and growing your own herbs

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Last updated: 20 May 2021

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