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Week 2: Food 1

posted Jun 15, 2013, 12:32 PM by Amanda Yorwerth

Food waste is a big issue, so we’ll be visiting it a few times over the summer.


Food currently makes up a large part of both our black bin and green bin waste and costs each household, on average, about £50/month:

 UK households throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year.

 61% of that waste is avoidable, meaning that 4.4 million tonnes of the food in our bins shouldn’t be there.

 This is worth £12 billion.

 Divided by the country's 18.2 million households, this works out as £659.34 per year, or £55.95 per month.

 1. To avoid impulse buying (which we know from experience often leads to waste), always make a list based on which meals you are home for and what you will make. Remember some meals may well be made from leftovers so don’t buy ingredients for every meal. You might find this handy.

2.  To calculate how much you’ll need you can use the Love Food Hate Waste Portion Planner. It’s particularly handy if you’re cooking for more people than you’re used to.

3. When you get your shopping home, check the use by dates of perishables and make sure you plan to eat the food before this date. If you’re not sure, you can always freeze items until required.