Love Food Hate Waste
8.3 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away from homes in the UK each year. The cost to consumers of this wasted food is £12 billion a year (around £50 per family per month). Love food Hate Waste's role is to provide practical help to cut back on this waste.
Saving £50 per month should be good news for hard-pressed consumers. Food that ends up in landfill produces damaging greenhouse gases and is a terrible waste of resources. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is about helping individual households enjoy more of their food, help the environment and save money.
The campaign is about promoting practical advice and tips to help people make the most of the food they are buying, and waste less of it. National research has identified some key ways households feel they can cut back on wasted food, including:
* Becoming better at planning meals so that food isn’t wasted
* Becoming better at using up food that is already in the fridge or cupboard before buying new food
* Becoming better at measuring the correct portion sizes so that we don’t cook too much
* Becoming better at using our freezers
Love Food Hate Waste is part of the Waste Resources Action Programme’s food waste work to reduce household and commercial food waste. Along with raising awareness with consumers the campaign works closely with partners such as the supermarkets and major brands that are committed to helping their customers waste less food and cut back food waste in the production and supply chain.
We throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food waste each year. Most is avoidable; 2.2 million tonnes is thrown away due to cooking, preparing or serving too much. 2.9 million tonnes is thrown away because it was not used in time.
If we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the Co2 impact would be equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars of the road.
To view some of the clever recipes to help you make the most of your food and cut down on waste please click the links below:
* Think you don't waste food? Why not surprise yourself by completing the Food Waste Diary and find out how much food we waste without even realising it.
* For practical advice on how to reduce the food wasted at your home visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com