Arguably (like most things in sustainability) food waste causes just as much damage to our planet as plastic waste. It takes much energy and resources to produce and process, not to mention transporting it.
When we throw food away, we’re not only wasting the food, but all the energy that’s gone into making it.
For example, the water footprint (the amount of water used in production and supply) of an orange is 80 litres, for 1kg of lettuce it’s 240 litres. (Which Report 2019).
1.) if food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases (FAO food wastage report)
2.) in the words most developed countries, over half of all food waste takes place in the home (LFHW)
3.) the UK government plans to introduce annual reporting of food surplus by waste businesses
4.) the hospitality industry wastes an estimated £2.5 billion a year in food waste
5.) all the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe (Feedbackglobal.org)
I was blown away when I released how huge this problem was. When I moved from Wales to England, I was shocked when I found out the town I am currently living in doesn’t have a food waste collection. Wales have a collection every week and I just assumed when I moved it would be the same, and I was wrong. So I decided to try a few things to minimise my food waste:
- Prep food in advance
- I bought a composter for what can be composted at home
- Freeze left overs
- Get creative with what’s in the fridge
I would love to know any tips for how to reduce food waste at home, or any low waste recipes! Drop them in the comments 🙂