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
Love Food Hate Waste is a national initiative to try to address the issue of food waste. Here are a few of their suggestions:
- Plan ahead. Shopping without a plan or a list means we may be tempted to buy more than we need - in other words, food that could end up in the bin. Check your fridge, freezer and store cupboard and check what you need. Then before you go shopping think about what meals you can make and write a shopping list so you don’t buy things you already have.
- Know your dates. Check the dates on items in your fridge and move items into the freezer if you don’t think you’ll have time to eat or cook them.
- Savvy storage. Please see the A-Z of food storage for tips and advice.
- Perfect portions. Reduce the amount of food you waste by measuring out your perfect portion. For instance, a mug full of rice will serve four adults. Check out LFHW's Portion Planner for more help getting your helpings just the right size.
- Love your leftovers. The Love Food Hate Waste website helps you to find recipes for your leftovers.