A study by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) shows the UK creates 18.4 million tonnes of wasted food each year. Much of it is stuff that we throw away at home, because we’ve bought too much food or let it go past its best-before date.
This article in Waste2 explains why this waste is an everyday part of the way supermarkets operate.
Some people, like FoodCycle, are working with retailers to help them take a more responsible attitude to food waste and to turn it into something productive.
FoodCycle is a charity that reclaims surplus food and empowers groups of volunteers to make it into healthy and nutritious meals for people in need, utilising unused kitchen space. In doing so they provide work skills and experience for young people and create positive social change in the community.
FoodCycle is working on expanding its services to more local communities and has come up with some pretty clever fundraising ideas. In June they opened a 3 day “pop up restaurant” in London and served guests a 3 course meal made from reclaimed food.
Their latest venture is the ‘Tweet Pie’ cookbook, which is an unique cookbook comprised entirely of ‘tweet’ recipes submitted by Twitter users.
Hats off to cooker manufacturer Belling for this original idea that drew hundreds of personal recipes carefully crafted into 140 characters!
We support FoodCycle’s work because End Waste is one of hiSbe’s 8 Everyday Choices.
So here’s a twecipe to twickle your fancy…
Mug cake – Mix in a mug: 2T flour, 4t sugar, 1/4t baking powder, 2t cocoa, pinch salt, 2T milk, 1/4t vanilla, 3/4t oil. microwave 1 min.