Reasons to love a list!



22 November 2020

New research from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign reveals 74% of us claim to use a shopping list, but only 55% of us actually stick to it.

Love Food Hate Waste is calling for Kiwis to Love a List to help reduce the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of avoidable food waste sent to landfill.

The research found:

  • High food wasters in particular are especially likely to not follow their shopping list with only 36% of them writing a list before going shopping compared to the national average of 74%.
  • 33% of shoppers admit that writing a shopping list would help them to reduce their food waste.

Rotorua Lakes Councils Solid Waste and Sustainability Manager Prashant Praveen says there are all sorts of ways to make shopping lists, and in turn, decrease the pressure on local landfills.

“When you run out of an item, write it down. With some sustainable thinking, you could use old envelopes or letters, a whiteboard, or make a note on your phone. Take a photo of the list on your phone before you leave the house, or tuck it in your wallet.”

“If you can plan what you are going to buy and stick to your list, you will not only save food and packaging waste, but you will also save money too.”

For those who struggle to stick to the list, here are a few tips.

  • Check the online mailer or supermarket flyer before you go shopping.

That way you know in advance what the specials are and can plan your meals around them. There is no point buying two broccoli for $2 on special if you just end up throwing one of them away!

  • It’s okay to buy specials on impulse that aren’t on your list, but try to make sure they are dried or tinned goods or items with a long shelf life.
  • Try not to shop with the children as that can make it harder to stick to your list, but if you need to bring them with you get them involved. They could be in charge of looking for the items and then crossing them off the list.

Writing a shopping list may seem to be an unlikely way to save the planet in this topsy-turvey COVID world of 2020, but making a list and sticking to it may be one simple thing we can all do.

For more ideas from Love Food Hate Waste, visit


Page reviewed: 22 Nov 2020 1:00pm