This week is Food Waste Action Week, the UK’s biggest annual food waste reduction campaign. Led by climate action charity WRAP, this year’s theme is ‘Win. Don’t Bin’ and encourages making the most of the food you buy.
Globally, around 25 to 30% of all food produced is wasted, while food and farming systems cause 80% of biodiversity loss and one third of global gas emissions.
Most food thrown away is household food waste – in fact, the average UK family of 4 throws away £60 worth of food every month.
Reducing food waste at home is a useful way to save money while helping to protect the environment and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn more about how food waste and use affects climate change.
10 tips to reduce food waste
- Use a stock rotation system in your fridge, keeping older items in plain view
- Cook a meal from leftovers one day a week
- Replace meat with plant-based foods once a week
- Buy in bulk and shop at refill stores
- Conduct a food waste audit
- Buy food that is seasonal and produced in the local area
- Join a community composting scheme or learn about composting at home
- Donate extra food to foodbanks
- Get involved in local community gardening
- Volunteer at a community cookery project
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership have collated further advice on how you can reduce food waste at home and resources for businesses tackling food waste. You can also discover recipes and tricks for reducing food waste in the ‘Waste Less. Save More’ guide.
Share your ideas, tips and recipes
We’ve launched a new food-focused project on our Climate Conversations platform to help residents and communities reduce their food waste. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas, tips and recipes.