Reduce food waste: here's how to grow vegetables from scraps

You can, believe it or not, reduce food waste by regrowing celery, cabbage, lettuce, leeks, garlic, beets, bok choi and more from food scraps

Reduce food waste: regrowing kit that allows you to grow your vegetables from scraps
(Image credit: Brabantia)

If you're looking for ways to reduce food waste, you'll like this. First the bad news: many of us put waste veg scraps in the bin, assuming that, unlike evil plastic, they'll decompose quickly and cause minimal harm to the planet in the process. Unfortunately it's not quite that simple (when is it ever?). 

In fact, unless you're taking part in your local council's food waste scheme – which properly composts leftovers – your food waste could actually be harming the planet by releasing unnecessary amounts of methane into the environment. With all of us becoming more eco conscious, this is a bit of a kick in the teeth.

But rather than letting this revelation get us down, we've found a solution that will not only keep veg scraps out of landfill, but could save you money in the long term. 

That's right, the Brabantia Tasty+ Herbs and Vegetables Regrow Kit, £21.52, does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing you to regrow selected herbs and veggies from their scraps. Pretty cool, right? 

And even cooler when you discover that it's more than possible for a lot of super popular veggies, including celery, cabbage, bok choi, beets, turnip, romaine lettuce, leek, spring onions, lemongrass, avocado pit, garlic sprouts, carrot top (green), parsnip top (green).

how to regrow vegetables from scraps: regrow kit

(Image credit: Brabantia)

All you need to do is pop your scraps in the base of the regrow kit, which should be submerged in water. Place the kit in a sunny spot and keep an eye on the water levels every few days. After a few weeks, you should notice some growth, at which stage you can transfer your veggies to a plant pot – but all of that is explained within the kit.

A great way to reduce your food waste, give growing your own a go, or embark on your own science experiment, this is a super fun kit that we can't wait to test drive. Something to do while we self-isolate, maybe...

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