The Pledge: FIGHT FOOD WASTE
The ISSUE OF FOOD
Chances are you’ve seen the headlines discussing the enormous quantities of edible food that we throw away all the time – straight from the fields, in transit to supermarkets, or swept from the fridge when it starts to look a bit wilted.
But what exactly do we mean by food waste? How does it come about? And how can we do our part to reduce waste at home?
Don’t think your contribution to reducing food waste is too small. It’s not, if we all make a few small changes to reduce, reuse and recycle our food waste, together we can make a big difference.
It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce food, so whether you’re at home or at work, make the pledge to fight food waste – and we'll send you tips to help you along the way.
We can all make a big impact with small easy actions.
Here are just a few of the reasons to take action.
In the UK, we waste 18% of all the food we buy. That’s 7.1 million tonnes of food waste, every year. This is the equivalent of nine Wembley stadiums full of food. And about two thirds of this (6 stadiums full) would have been good enough to eat!
Of course the best thing we can do with our food is to enjoy it. But some waste – like banana skins, tea bags and plate scrapings – are inevitable. The good news is that we don’t have to put this food waste into general waste. And the icing on the cake is that we can actually get something back from recycling our food waste.
It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce food, so there’s more to waste than just what you can see in the bin!
Food loss and waste is responsible for an estimated 8% if annual greenhouse gas emissions; if it were a country, food loss and waste would be the third largest emitter after China and the US!
If you are a family of four, you could be saving as much as £70 each month. Straight away that is a huge opportunity to save some £££ simply by saving more of the food we buy from the bin... and we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you out!
If you’re working in the catering, hospitality or food manufacturing sector you will be well aware of the need to reduce food waste to keep your costs down. For organisations, the return on investment in food loss and waste reduction can be very high! 99% of companies who reduce their food loss and waste achieve a positive return on investment. Find out more about the business case to reduce food waste here.
8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat, this is equivalent to the entire population of London. The UN stated that if global food waste was reduced by just 25% we would have enough food to feed all of those who are malnourished.
However, due to the complexity of the global food system, there will always be some inevitable food waste. Food redistribution by diverting surplus food that is perfectly fit for human consumption to charitable groups has been put forward as one of the best win-win solutions for reducing wasted food and feeding people. It is a business-friendly, environmentally-sensitive, socially-responsible alternative to wasting good food.
Before donating, please check with your local foodbank to see what supplies they are currently in need of.
We’ve broken down the pledge into three sections, have a read below to see our top tips for each part:
Use the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner to work out how much food you and your family need to buy to eat healthily.
Find out what foods you can and can’t store in the freezer to make your food last longer.
Get your head around date labels- display until, best before and use by dates all mean different things!
Get to know your fridge to help keep your food fresher for longer.
Do you work in the food sector? Winnow could help monitor your kitchen waste, tracking how and what food is being wasted to identify key areas to focus efforts on.
Love your leftovers by using up your surplus food at home with these recipes.
Host a leftover lunch with friends or colleagues to encourage everyone to get creative with surplus food. Download the resource pack for more inspiration!
Take a look at the Food Waste-Saving apps that could revolutionise your surplus (and save you money!)
Divide leftovers into individual portions and refrigerate or freeze in storage containers.
Check to see if you can recycle food waste at home, or find out where your nearest recycling facilities are.
Find out what food you can put in your food waste caddy at home.
Get in touch with Cawleys to organise a free waste audit for your organisation to improve your performance at every stage in the waste hierarchy.
Start segregating your food waste in your workplace/organisation. Get in touch with Cawleys to find out how!
Transform your food waste at home into a valuable nutrient rich food for your garden by composting! Local councils have started teaming up with Get Composting so keep an eye out for deals!
By signing up this month to pledge TO fight food waste, you can lead the charge in making a difference.
food waste RECYCLING FOR YOUR ORGANISATION
A good food waste collection service where your food is recycled, to achieve zero waste to landfill, doesn’t have to be difficult or costly.
With our free food waste audit we can help can improve your performance at every stage in the waste hierarchy.
As the providers of the first dedicated commercial food waste collection service to Anaerobic Digestion (AD), through our Eco-Eating brand, the use of AD forms an integral part of our food waste recycling technologies. Anaerobic Digestion offers food waste producers a zero waste to landfill solution, cost savings on expensive landfill and incinerator costs, and impeccable green credentials to customers.
If you would like to know more about our competitively priced food collection service please contact us!
Share your progress using #smallactionbigimpact to let us know how you get on!
You’ll hit Global Goals too
In 2015, world leaders made a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a better world by 2030. By joining #SmallActionBigImpact you’re contributing towards making these goals a reality.
When you pledge to fight food waste, you’re contributing to these goals:
12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.