Friday, December 23rd, 2011 - Do Something!

In December alone, IBISWorld estimates that Australians will spend $9.8 billion on food.

"Far too much of this will be wasted," said Jon Dee the Founder of National Leftovers Day and NSW Australian of the Year 2010. "Over the Christmas and New Year period, Do Something! estimates that Australians could be throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars worth of food."

Boxing Day is Do Something's National Leftovers Day - the day after Christmas when Australians are confronted by fridges filled with leftover food. Organised by Do Something, the event is now in its third year.

"Many of us panic buy at Christmas just to ‘play safe’, but if you only buy the food that you need, get your portions right, store food properly and reuse your leftovers, then you can save a lot of money over the festive break,” said Jon Dee, the Managing Director of Do Something!

“We can still have a great time, be generous and have plenty to eat, but by being a bit careful, we can help our wallets as well as the environment.” says Dee.

Do Something estimate that Australians waste $7.8 billion every year on food that we buy but throw away. “Up to 40% of the average kerbside garbage bin is food and nationally we’re dumping an estimated 4 million tonnes of food every year,” says Dee.

When it comes to last minute Christmas food shopping, Do Something’s
National Leftovers Day has some simple money saving tips:

  • Buy only what you need – draw up a shopping list and stick to it.
  • Avoid the panic buy – by planning your Christmas meals you can save money.
  • Try not to cook more than you need – get your portions right!
  • Be sure to re-use Christmas staples. Turkey, ham, chicken and vegetables can be used in sandwiches, quiches and soups that can be eaten over the Christmas period. Recipes for these are available from
  • If you have leftovers, put them in air-tight containers and freeze them for another day. Reheating them can save you having to cook a meal.

To help Australians save food and money, Do Something! has placed a range of Christmas leftover recipes and food storage tips on


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Do Something!

Do Something! is a not-for-profit action group that seeks to create social and environmental change. For more information, visit
Jon Dee - Founder & Managing Director, Do Something!
P: +61 414 971 900


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