UK households waste the equivalent of £12.5 billion of good food and drink each year. This costs the average family with children around £700 a year, or up to £60 a month.
There’s a huge opportunity for us to cut what we spend by saving more of the food we buy. We can do this by making sure we eat it in time, knowing how much food to prepare and knowing what we can do with our leftovers.
Wasting food and drink is a waste of money. It’s also a waste of the energy and natural resources which went into food production, storage, preparation, packaging and transport of that food. If we stop throwing good food away, we could save as much in carbon emissions as we would by taking 25% of cars off UK roads.
Love Food Hate Waste is a national initiative to try to address the issue of food waste. Here are a few of their suggestions: