Reduce food waste and save up to £600 a year.

bins full of food waste
Food waste is a real problem to the extent that the average household will throw away up to one third off all the food they buy. It is estimated that with careful planning we can cut down on food waste and save anything between £400 and £600 a year depending on the size of your family. The environmental costs of food waste are even bigger with food waste accounting for 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the environment each year purely from food thrown away by UK households perhaps even more shocking is that when food goes to landfill it breaks down into methane which is far more damaging than carbon dioxide to the earths atmosphere.

Make a shopping list
We can start to reduce the amount of food we waste by planning our shopping. Make a list before you go shopping be sure to check what you have in so as to avoid buying something you already have. Plan meals so that you only buy what you will need and nothing will perish or be thrown out uneaten. Try to stick to your shopping list and refrain from impulse buying, all supermarkets have promotions tempting you to buy things you had not planned to buy, try to avoid them unless there on your list or your sure they will get eaten. Don’t over buy perishables like fruit and meat which can go off before you eat them. Lastly avoid shopping when you’re hungry our you will end up buying all the things you love to eat but wont get time to eat, always shop on a full stomach

Check you food remember that eat by dates tell you that a food can not be eat after a certain date, best before however simply indicates that a food will taste better if eaten before a certain date. Freeze any food you do not plan to eat it before the eat by or best before date. Try to use leftovers to make the following days meal for example leftovers can be used for chicken sandwiches, curry or risotto. For the waste that can not be avoided such as vegetable peelings, fruit skins try home composting, its simple eco friendly and a great way to feed your plants.

15 Sep 09
I have got into the habit since my husbands hours were cut of watching the portions I give the family espically the children, if you fill their plates and they leave some it goes in the bin, if I give them smaller portions and leave some in the pan if the want seconds they can have some if not I can store it in the fridge or freeze it for another day. It really works I have cut down dramtically the amount of food I throw away.

14 Sep 09
Rebecca S
I read article recently which pointed out that the food thrown away annually in the UK and USA has the effect of reducing supply of natural resources and therefore pushes up prices making much needed food unaffordable to many in the third world. In addition to this shocking statement is the fact that the production, supply and storage of food we buy but throw away means that huge amounts of greenhouse gases are released into the environment for no reason.Climate change has and will effect the poorest citizens of the world, food waste condemns them to hunger. Isn’t it about time we stopped being so wasteful.

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