What To Do

It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce the food we all love and buy. Does it really belong in the bin?

Half of the food we throw away can be eaten, keeping it out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet combined.

Collectively we can make a difference. Here’s what you can do…

1. Plan your shopping and get more for your money

Save money and be good to the planet, buy just what you are likely to eat.

Use our portion planner to work out how much food you and your family need to buy to eat healthily.

Or, read our articles below with hints and tips to save you money in the supermarkets.

Portion Planner

2. MAKE YOUR FOOD LAST LONGER

3. Get more from your shopping, use what you buy

Make your food go further... The best leftover food recipes. Quick and easy to use.

Use the food you spend your money on. Simple, creative recipes that will help use up your leftovers. Saving you time and money!

The nations best leftover food recipes

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