With the cost of living rising sharply, making sure food is used instead of going to waste could save you up to £60 a month. 

That’s the average cost of the food an average family of four throws away in a month. It’s around 24 meals. Almost half is thrown away unopened. 

Wasting food also feeds climate change. When you throw something in the bin, it's not just food that is going to waste, it's all the precious resources which went into making and transporting it. 

About 70% of all the food that is thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. 

There are lots of simple food hacks and tips available to help you reduce wasted food, save money and help the planet.  

From planning your shopping, to cooking, preparing and serving your meals, visit the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website for ways to reduce food waste at home.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign has top tips to be thrifty with your food

Learn more about how wasting food feeds climate change and how you can take action to save food.  

Find out more about becoming a food Circular Economy Champion

Businesses reducing food waste 

Local businesses can also make an impact. An example is local social enterprise supermarket HISBE. The store never throws away food that can be eaten and offers many products without packaging, so customers can buy what they need.  

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership provides resources to help food businesses cut their waste

Food and climate 

Food systems account for one third of global gas emissions and up to 80% of biodiversity loss. 

Globally, around 25-30% of food produced is lost or wasted. As well as greenhouse gas emissions from food rotting in landfill, it wastes the natural and human resources used to bring it to our plates, the land, water, energy and hard work. 

Last year Brighton & Hove signed the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration as part of our commitment to tackle the climate emergency through integrated food policies.