Food Waste and Behaviour Change with Pavs Pillay

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

“That’s how you have to look at things as a system and I always like to start off by saying if you are to ever do anything in the realm of conservation, sustainable resources, how you manage the planet, how you exist- someone’s behaviour has to change.”


In our latest podcast episode, Nwabisa sits down to talk to Pavitray (Pavs) Pillay, an Environmental Behaviour change practitioner at the WWF SA.



During the conversation Pavs shares some alarming statistics regarding food loss, hunger, food insecurity and the prevalence of childhood stunting in our country as a result of food waste.


But despite the shocking statistics, it isn't all doom and gloom. Food waste is a fixable problem, but it begins with us and the small changes we can make in our daily lives.


Pavs suggests that we start with how we buy and store food since everything we eat has an environmental impact.


Some of her suggestions include:

  • Don't buy on impulse, plan your shopping and your meals.

  • Whenever possible, buy local and seasonal food.

  • Shopping when you are hungry or full is not a good idea.

  • Understand the difference between sell-by and use-by dates on food labels.

  • Don't bulk buy or buy 2 for 1 if you don't intend to consume the food.

  • Keep food fresh by purchasing good storage containers.

  • Be smart about your leftovers and freeze food.


Watch the interview with Pavs Pillay.


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