How to avoid overconsumption this Christmas


For a happy but sustainable season, DECO Algarve offers tips to avoid wasting food and money.

In Portugal, every year one million tons of food is thrown away, which means that every inhabitant of Portugal wastes an average of 132 kg of food per year, causing irreparable environmental damage.

At Christmas time, most people increase their consumption; However, awareness of sustainability has never been greater, so maybe this year people will try something different.

Do you have a shopping list?

Ignoring Christmas advertising campaigns is not always easy. In addition, there are a few suggestions for protecting your budget through green behaviors.

“Take a look at the promotional flyers as it can be an opportunity to save money (especially if you have a large family), but do a critical analysis to see if the steep price cuts pay off. And remember all products should have clear information about the current discounted prices and the prices they had before the discount, ”DECO said.

DECO also recommends planning purchases, because “in addition to helping to save money, it also saves time in queues. Online shopping can also help cut Christmas spending, as prices are often cheaper and some sales are only available online ”.

Sustainable meals

When it comes to eating, there are some great suggestions to keep your food from going to waste, such as using leftovers creatively, turning them into traditional main dishes, vegetarian alternatives, desserts, and even sweets to eat as a family.

“For example, if you have leftover meat, you can make a pie. From bread, you can make toast. Plus, if you have very ripe fruit, you can use it to make smoothies or juices, ”DECO said.

According to DECO, there are some important tips to help you enjoy a win-win alliance with your refrigerator. Leftovers in the refrigerator (at a maximum of 4º C) can last up to three days, depending on the ingredients. If you are not going to eat them during this period, it is better to freeze them, but do not freeze already thawed food ”.

Plus, “if you don’t want to waste food, check the refrigerator before you buy, avoiding buying unnecessarily repeated ingredients,” DECO said.

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