The Food We Waste
Facts and Tips to help reduce Food Waste
Eating can be just a necessary everyday process. You eat to live. You grab a slice of toast before rushing out to work. If you're lucky you may have time for a bowl of porridge but certainly not a fully cooked breakfast. It's the same at lunchtime when you grab a sandwich. By the time you arrive home in the evening the thought of cooking a proper nutritious meal is far from your mind. You prefer a quick take-away or a pizza. What happens to whatever is left because you're really too tired to eat? It's classed as food waste and thrown away without a second thought.
However,when the weekend arrives and you have more time, a meal can also be a great way to socialize. Preparing a meal for friends is a good way to relax. But, if you're not used to cooking for others, getting the quantities right is difficult. What happens to the food that's left over? It's food waste again and thrown away. And so the cycle continues.
Five facts about Food Waste
Have you ever thought about the amount of food that is thrown away in your street, your village, your town, your country? Multiply what you throw away and it's a frightening figure.
You will waste one-third of all your food purchases. That equates to over £400 per year. With the increasing costs of food shopping that figure will rise dramatically.
Only 19% of waste food is genuine waste such as vegetable peelings or tea bags.
You waste 45% of all salad-type foods.
You waste 31% of bakery foods.
You waste 26% fruit.
The majority of this food waste ends up in a landfill site where methane gas is generated. It's not a healthy situation and can be avoided with a bit of planning and thought.
Five Tips to help Reduce Waste
Instead of buying on a whim, plan your weekly menu before you shop. Decide how much fruit, vegetables and salad items you think you'll need for the week. You may not be too accurate at the start but with discipline you will improve. The thought of not wasting money will act as an incentive and the money you save can be for a special treat in the future.
It's a good idea to eat before you shop for food. By arriving at the supermarket feeling satisfied will help you to focus on the week's menu rather than grabbing a variety of foods that you think you might eat!
Look carefully at the dates on foods. 'Use by' dates are the ones to take note of. Look at the back of the freezer where dates may be further in the future.
Avoid buying pre-packed foods, where possible. Salad [lettuce], for example, already chopped will not keep as long as a whole lettuce. Similarly, buy loose vegetables in small quantities. They are cheaper than pre-packed foods.
As well as your food keeping for longer, it will cost less so you are in a Win-Win situation.
Take your own recyclable shopping bags to save wasting more plastic bags that will inevitably end up in the landfill site.
Save Money and Save the Environment
So, next time you want to dash out to buy food, think waste-waste of food, waste of money.
Remember the slogan,' Love Food, Hate Waste', and consider your valuable contribution to our environment.