Well actually 4.4 million* to be precise. That’s 4.4 million whole apples thrown away every day in the UK. Pretty shocking, isn’t it? According to research* a third of the food we buy is thrown away. I’m sure many of us are often guilty of buying too much food, letting it sit in the fridge and then throwing it out, I know I am.
I’ve been thinking a lot about recycling lately; my borough has recently introduced an improved recycling system whereby householders are encouraged to recycle everything they can, supermarkets are charging for plastic bags and our carbon footprint is in the news more than ever. When it comes to our food waste recycling is great, but even better to cut down on the waste in the first place.
The “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food that we throw away, and how by doing some easy and practical things in the home we will benefit our purses and the environment. The campaign is run by WRAP, who is also responsible for encouraging recycling and home composting. WRAP is funded by the government and works to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.
To find out more about the campaign, and for great tips and recipes take a look at the website. There’s a handy article on there about how you can save money on your food bill which you can go to directly by clicking here.
I’m going to do more by trying not to over-buy food in order to reduce my own food waste, and by using even more of those things in the back of my fridge that would otherwise be thrown out. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the meals I make out of them and I hope this will give you some inspiration and between us we can start to cut down on our food waste and help to make a difference.