It’s not just about good food going to waste either; wasting food costs the average family with children £680 a year, or £50 a month, and has serious environmental implications too. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.”
This is a quote from the fantastic Love Food Hate Waste, and reminds us of all the reasons it’s important to be aware of how we each contribute to the millions of tonnes of food that end up dumped in landfill sites each year.
Together we throw away even more food waste than packaging, and it’s almost all entirely avoidable…with a bit of help!
End Waste is one of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices, because we can help reduce all that food waste by making an individual choice to be more aware of how we use food in our homes.
It’s not just the food itself that’s being wasted as their site explains:
There are serious environmental implications. Not only is it a waste of resources but just think about all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food.
Cheese is a good example – feeding and milking the cows, cooling and transporting the milk, processing it in to cheese, packing it, getting it to the shops, keeping it at the right temperature all the time. If it then gets thrown away it will most likely end up in a landfill site, where, rather than harmlessly decomposing as many people think, it rots and actually releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
The Love Food Hate Waste website is a great place to get tips and advice for using up food, helping to manage portion sizes, planning food menus, finding recipes to help you use up stuff before it goes off and much more.