Food waste is a global issue which has significant environmental, social and economic consequences. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food. However there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your food waste from utilising the freezer to purchasing wonky veg! Read on to find out some simple steps you could take to reducing your food waste in your daily life.
Top tips to reduce your food waste
Plan effectively with a shopping list
Before setting out to do your shopping, make a list of exactly what you will need this is easier to do if you try to plan your meals for the week this can limit food waste as well as save you some money
You may have seen that many supermarkets have started to sell wonky veg- essentially vegetables that don’t look very attractive but are just as nutritious and tend to be cheaper so make use of such offers when shopping
Canned/Tinned fruit & veg
It doesn’t have to be fresh! Go for tinned/canned options of fruit and veg that have a longer shelf-life and are just as nutritious and help reduce your food waste.
Start freezing leftovers, bread, meat, fish etc and use for another meal at a later day or just start buying frozen so you use only what you need and can pop the rest in the freezer.
Best before and Use by dates
There is often a lot of confusion between the two and what they mean, which can result in a large amount of food waste due. A use-by date on food is about safety, foods can be eaten until the use-by date but not after. You will see use-by dates on food that goes off quickly, such as meat products or ready-to-eat salads. The best before date is about quality and not safety. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best.
Use up store cupboard leftovers
Cook dishes to use up any leftover ingredients; for example some leftover chicken from a Sunday roast and some poor looking veg could quite quickly be whizzed up into a soup!