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Stop Food Waste Day 2024

by Richard Howlett
Published 25/04/2024
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Yesterday marked the eighth annual ‘Stop Food Waste Day’, and while we might be a little late telling you about it, reducing food waste is something that we can try to do all year round!

Why should I try to reduce food waste?

One statistic that jumped out at me is that if just 25% of the food currently wasted was instead saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million people! On top of that, if food waste were a country, then it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet.

If you consider the amount of effort that goes into growing, harvesting, processing, delivering and cooking food, only for us to throw it in the bin and have it end up in a landfill? That is such a huge waste of energy, all just for the sake of convenience. These landfills not only produce the harmful greenhouse gases, but they can lead to habitat destruction and decreased biodiversity.

How can I reduce my food waste?

  • Plan ahead - Making a list of your week's meals ahead of time can help you to only buy the food that you need.
  • Shop online - Buying your groceries online helps to avoid that temptation of ‘Special Offers’ on the end of every aisle.
  • Embrace the freezer - Freezing leftovers is a great way of avoiding food waste. Is a full loaf of bread too big for you to get through? Separate it into reusable freezer bags and defrost it the night before you need it!
  • Check the dates - ‘Best before’ doesn’t mean that it has to be used that date, but ‘use by’ does! Check the dates as you’re putting the food shopping away, and freeze anything that is close to its ‘use by’ date.

How can I learn more about reducing food waste?

If you want to learn a little more about what can be done to reduce food waste, head over to the Energy Saving Trust and take their quiz here. If you’re in Scotland, they also offer free workplace ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ workshops.

The official Stop Food Waste Day website has several resources and tips, and even a free cookbook! Their social media is a great place to get regular hints and tips.

What about food waste from businesses?

From independent bakeries, to big chain grocery stores, all fall victim to unsold food needing to be thrown away at the end of the day. That’s where Too Good To Go comes in!

Too Good To Go is an app that lets businesses sell off a ‘surprise bag’ of food for a massively reduced price at the end of the day that would otherwise get thrown in the bin, meaning they get to cover some of their costs while also helping to save the planet. If you want to buy yourself a ‘surprise bag’, simply download the app and take a look at what’s available in your area!

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