Being wasteful with food? It’s time to bin it.
With the global race towards net-zero hotting up, the need for all of us to become more sustainable is unquestionable now. One area where you can make a huge difference at home, and without too much effort too, is reducing your food waste.
And what better time to start than on Stop Food Waste Day - the largest single day of action in the fight against food waste?
Started in 2017 by Compass Group USA, Stop Food Waste Day is now recognised globally in every corner of the world as we unite to educate and ignite change. Join us on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 to play your part and start cutting food waste and upping your own sustainability.
Quite scary statistics, right? Food waste is central to some of the key challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing and the sustainability of agriculture and our oceans.
Wasting food is also a waste of the energy needed to grow, harvest, process and cook it, with food waste in landfill also causing methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas.
Stop Food Waste Day has come around again to keep that flame lit and drive forward change regarding the global food waste issue. There are so many practical and easy ways that we can all change our behaviour to minimise food waste.
It’s easy for everyone to get involved with reducing the impact of food waste, not just on Stop Food Waste Day, but day in, and day out – both in our personal and professional lives.
Prevent, Inspire and Repurpose
Prevent food waste at source by storing food optimally, making use of every edible part of the ingredient and planning meals ahead of time.
Inspire others to waste less and repurpose more.
Repurpose food by redistributing any surplus to your local community or giving a second life to ingredients that most commonly go to waste.
Top tips for cutting food waste
- Plan ahead and don’t overbuy
- Use up what’s in your fridge and cupboards
- Make a weekly meal plan and only shop for what you need
- Always take a shopping list!
- Batch-cook and freeze portions
- Freeze bread and any other leftovers
- Label items and date them, so you can use them in order
- Get creative! Experiment with what you have at home
- Use odd bits of leftovers that aren’t quite big enough for a meal to create hearty soups
- Try substitutes, if you’ve run out of rice, why not use up that tin of lentils you have in the cupboard?