Don’t believe us? Well, if we stopped throwing away the 714,000 tonnes of potatoes we waste every year in our homes, it would do the same for the environment as taking 326,000 tonnes of CO2e out of our atmosphere! That’s why during Food Waste Action Week 2021, we’re challenging everyone to understand the true value of food and waste as little as possible. It’s time to act now.
The good food we throw away has an impact on our environment and contributes to climate change because we are wasting not only the food but the valuable resources that have gone into creating it too - from the land, fertilisers and water that was used for growing it to the greenhouse gases created from its production and transportation.
If food waste were a country, it would have the third biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China.
If we all stopped wasting bread at home in the UK for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.
Wasted food accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions globally than all of the commercial flights we take each year.
What can you do to help?
This everyday portion planner will provide you with guidance on how much food you need for each person, for each meal. It’s simple to use as we’ve calculated the typical serving sizes for you. Before you shop, plan out your portions so you only buy what you need. Make a list and take a shelfie so you’ll know what you have at home while you’re shopping.
Compl-eat your food and use up every edible part including potato skins and broccoli stalks.
Get your storage in order – keep your food at its best for longer by storing it correctly.
Freezing the food you haven’t had time to eat acts like a pause button, giving you more time to eat the food you’ve bought. It’s safe to freeze food right up to the use-by date. Find out what you can and can’t freeze and what the correct way of defrosting is. Freezing what you have and buying frozen will help you use up everything without it expiring.
FANCY A CHALLENGE
Well, this is where it gets tasty. Take the Food Waste Action Week Challenge: over the course of the week, try and get the amount of edible food you put in the bin as close to zero as possible. We need all of you to get creative by sharing every hack, tip and trick to spread the word about how to waste less food. Everyone can make a difference, and something as small as saving your leftovers and encouraging friends and family to do the same means you’re doing your part. Use our tools and tips to guide you, and let us know how you’re getting on over on Instagram @LFHW_UK.
How to enter
To enter the competition, you must upload an image or video to Instagram as a feed post, featuring your best food-saving hack, tip or trick, use #FoodWasteActionChallenge in the post copy and tag @lfhw_uk. The image must remain live on Instagram until 31 March 2021 and you must be following @lfhw_uk for your entry to be valid
We’ll be sharing tips throughout the week, and the best, selected by Nadiya Hussain, will win.
What you could win
A new Hisense PureFlat RQ760 Fridge Freezer
A £250 Waitrose & Partners gift card!
£750 credit to use at Oddbox.co.uk!
A giant Approved Food hamper of rescued food each month for a year!
A year supply of Arla Cravendale milk (2x2L bottles per week) and a Smeg Blender!
A copy of Michel Roux Jr‘s latest book courtesy of Albert Bartlett, signed and personalised for 3 lucky winners!
A signed copy of Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain!