“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë
Food is a comfort, a luxury, it is deeply rooted in our social activity and our cultures. It is something that unites.
“In UK households we waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million tonnes (or 90 Royal Albert Halls) of which is edible.” LoveFoodHateWaste
Most food waste ends up in landfill and here it contributes to release of green house gas methane and toxic leachate.
Wasted resources went into creating the uneaten food i.e. CO2 emissions, energy, labour, water, land, manufacturing, packaging, transport.
What can I do?
100 Food Waste Hacks! by Sustainably Vegan
This is a Win Win – reduce food waste and save money in the process!
How can I reduce food waste?
Plan your food shopping: buy only what you need save cash and food waste! (Top Tips: Have a quick look in your food cupboards, Take a photo of your fridge, think about what meals you’d like to cook before shopping, think about buying foods that are flexible in different dishes and you know you’ll actually eat. Jot down a shopping list. )
Aim to eat everything you buy.
Arrange your kitchen cupboards so that food is visible and doesn’t get forgotten about
Every so often have a pantry clear out. Try and eat everything in your cupboards before shopping for the following week.
Storage optimisation – find out which fruits and vegetables can have lives extended by being stored in the fridge. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Understand difference between use by and best before dates. Use your senses to check if food is good to eat.
Love your freezer. So many foodstuffs can be chopped up and stored here to save waste.
Love your fridge – correct food storage lengthens life and conserves better nutritional content of food.
Get creative with leftovers (i.e. chop wilting vegetables into tiny pieces and stir into rice 50:50 – healthy and thrifty)
Compost anything you cannot eat to give back nutrients to the soil and save food waste from landfill. Click here for a food composting 101 by the Hampshire Waste and Recycling Team.