Food Waste Action Week is coming up in March, so local climate campaign Sustainable Three Rivers (S3R) have come up with some tips on how to reduce excess food and be more environmentally friendly.
Food waste is a bigger issue than many think, with the UK throwing away around 3.6 million tonnes of it every year, according to statistics from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
This is made even worse when you find out 2 million tonnes of that is still edible produce. This negatively affects the environment and goes a way in leaving 8.4 million people in the UK struggling to get enough to eat.
These tips below could not only help save the planet, but also save you money, with S3R saying the average family could cut £700 per year off their food bills.
- Buy wonky and less than perfect fruit or veg- it’s still fine and cheaper!
- Buy fresh ingredients for home-cooked food rather than processed packaged stuff.
- Organise your fridge so that stuff close to going off is at the front.
- Freshly baked bread is a better buy than packaged bread, it’s far less likely to get mouldy.
- Most food can be frozen, so if it’s not been eaten and it’s close to going off, try and freeze it.
Food Waste Action Week will be on the week of March 7 this year, so for more tips and tricks, visit S3R’s website at www.sustainablethreerivers.org/food.