Get Your Glow Back – Episode 36 – with Max La Manna

On today’s episode is a very good friend of mine, Max La Manna, a chef and passionate advocate for a sustainable low waste life style. We talked all things food waste and the small changes we can all be making to reduce our impact on the planet.

Max’s zero waste journey:

A slow progression of learning more and more about sustainability and being more resourceful, conscious and mindful of what was already in his life

Triggering moment was living in Sydney, walking on bondi beach and seeing people pick up litter on the beach, made him think where is this all going, what happens to all the plastic and that moment it evolved into a passion from there step by step. 

Long term changes are always gradual 

What small thing can you do right now 

Food waste is the third largest contributor to greenhouse gases

Easiest thing to change is your own life

Shop smarter – only buy what you need and know what you need 

Less is more

Small refrigerator – can’t store so much food less risk of it being forgotten at the back and thrown away

Meal planning can be helpful, but it really depends on your lifestyle, if you have a regular routine it can work well, some flexibility can be useful so you don’t get bored. 

Think about how you lay out our fridge

Keep herbs and leafy green in water, big leafy greens wash first and then wrap in a tea towel to keep crisp

Put whats going out first at the front 

Only use your fridge for what it needs, potatoes etc can be in the cupboard

Prepping food can make it look more appetising and quicker to enjoy even if it’s just making things ‘bitesize’ 

Children and food waste: 

If your child takes bites of fruit and leaves it – chop it all up and put it in the fridge or freezer for later use in sauces, crumbles, smoothies, soups, stir frys, stews. 

Take a moment to think of what could this be rather than taking the easy option of throwing something away. 


Organic food can be composted – greens, fruit and vegetables, not meat, newspaper, paper

Depends on the type of compost you have 

Bakashi / wormery – worms eat up the food very quickly and make a natural fertilizer for food to break down we need air water and sunlight, the worms create pockets of air in the soil to speed up the process. 

Where to you put compost when you live in an urban environment 

Food waste caddy 

Once a week council pick it up, check with your local council some won’t pick up food waste. 

In the US you actually have to go to a farmers market to drop off compost 

If you don’t have that service you can pester your council to set one up

What to do with vegetable peels, tops, stalks

Bake or fry skins and eat them 

Make pestos with carrot tops and other spare leaves 

Criss cross the bottom of the asparagus so it cooks faster than the top and gets softer

Zero waste out the kitchen 

Toothpaste tablets 

All the toothbrushes ever made still exist – choose bamboo 

Shop smarter – buy what you need

Compost if you can

Eat your leftovers 

Where to find max




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