How can we cut down our food waste?

We are throwing away up to 900 million tonnes of food waste a year

According to a recent report more than 900 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year. This amount of food waste would fill 23 million 40-tonne trucks, enough to circle the Earth seven times! The UN Environment Programme's Food Waste Index revealed that 17% of food available to consumers goes straight in the bin, 60% of this waste comes from homes. Some worrying facts from 'Friends of the Earth' state that 50 million chickens are wasted in the UK every year, 240,000 tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year by supermarkets and one third of all food produced across the globe is lost or wasted. 

 

How can we cut down our food waste?

1. Plan your dinners and buy the right amount of food, don't over buy. Think about what you're going to cook for each day of the week, use your leftovers for lunch/dinner the next day and it's always important to check your use by dates, these tell you when this food should be eaten by. 

2. Cool your fridge down: the average UK fridge temperature is 7 degrees but fridges should be lower than 5 degrees. Having a warm fridge will make your food go off sooner than it's use by date, this means you will end up having to throw out food you haven't even touched yet, what a waste!

3. Batch cook and use your freezer, you can freeze all sorts of food for different periods of time. If you've got leftovers from your dinner freeze it, you can then have this for dinner another day - just think how much money you could be saving. If you've got some vegetables that look a bit sad, why not blend them up and make a soup, you can then freeze whatever you've got left over.

4. Using a food waste bin is the best way to recycle your food waste, most councils in the UK now collect food waste from residential areas at no added cost but if you are part of a community where food waste bins are not used then why not compost your waste and turn it into soil. 

 Shop our collection of food waste bins here

5. Did you know you can water your veg? If you've got room in your fridge, keep the stems of vegetables such as broccoli, celery and asparagus in water to help them stay fresh and crisp.

6. Buy frozen vegetables - if you're a big family, take advantage of buying frozen vegetables so you know you've always got veg ready to be cooked. This cuts down your food waste by big amounts. 

7. Freeze your dairy products like milk and cheese, this is especially good if you're a big family and you buy large quantities of food. 

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