How to cut down on your food waste

Charlie Webb

 

31 Days, 31 Ways to an eco-friendly New Year

 

Day 1 - Avoid food waste

WRAP research shows we now (2018) throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste a year in the UK. Of the 6.6 million tonnes we throw away, almost three quarters (70% of the total) is food we could have eaten (4.5 million tonnes).

 

Ways to cut down on your food waste

Make a shopping list and stick to it, planning your meals. Make a note of any food you do not eat and throw away.

Re-purpose food. Don't bin your wilting veg. Use them for soups, sauté them with herbs/spices, make a curry or stew, add to smoothies. Make a stock to use later in the week.

Use your freezer. You can freeze almost everything! If something is about to 'go off' then pop it in the freezer. Pop it in a silicone bag or whatever you use and label it so you know what it is and the date.

Challenge the 'Sell by' Date. Sell by dates are not a strict deadline for consumers - if it smells and looks fresh you can still eat it!

Compost. Instead of putting food in the bin. Look at home composting or look into whether your local council offer a curbside food waste collection. (We will cover this more later this month).

  

With kindness,

Charlie & Colette

xx

 

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