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Small fridges make good cities.

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Small fridges make good cities.

I first read about architect Donald Chong’s concept kitchen called “Small Fridges Make Good Cities” many years ago, and I have been a loyal, devoted fan ever since.

The small fridge mantra encourages smaller, more frequent shopping trips, supporting local markets, seasonal produce, healthier produce and engaging with the community.

Eating out more often and supporting the local economy is a win-win for all.

Taking up less space and smaller electricity bills are also bonuses. The pros are endless, and I really could discuss them for hours.

But, sadly, not enough people share my passion for small fridges and I now constantly wonder why.

The answer always seems to come back to consumer spending terrible habits. According to the National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study, food waste currently costs the Australian economy $36.6 billion per year or between $2000 to $2500 per household per year. Wow, they are big numbers, and funnily enough, that is almost twice the cost of a good quality small fridge!  

Some strategies to avoid food waste at home include;

  • Only buy what you need now.
  • Don’t buy in bulk just because it makes the individual item cheaper. Is it cheaper when you end up throwing it away?
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it.
  • Store food correctly.
  • Plan your meals in advance.
  • Eat out more often (my personal favourite strategy!).
  • Buy a smaller fridge.

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