Caring for the environment

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Food waste

There's no time to waste!

We are amazingly fortunate to be able to buy food from all over the world in our supermarkets. But it takes a lot of physical effort, time and natural resources to grow food whether it be plant or meat based. 

It then needs to be transported from where it grows to our shops, using more energy.

So food is a precious resource yet collectively UK households throw away 4.5million tonnes of edible food each year – enough to fill eight Wembley Stadiums!

What do we throw away the most?

  • Potatoes – 1.6 billion a year or 4.3 million every day
  • Bread – 20 million slices every day!

So what?…..

If everyone in the UK stopped wasting food at home for just one day, it would have the same impact on greenhouse gasses as planting half a million trees.

What can we do?

  • Buy what you intend to eat and eat what you buy
  • Use your leftovers. Turn last night's dinner into something delicious for lunch, rather than putting it in the bin.
  • Try freezing food. Did you know you can freeze eggs, yogurts and cheese? By freezing food it means they can last for longer.
  • Keep some fruit in the fridge. Apple and some other citrus fruits will last longer in the fridge rather than in our fruit bowl.

Here’s a link to find out more

WRAP - Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency Experts

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