Yesterday, we announced National Zero Waste week, which takes place 7th-13th September.
This year, instead of running a pledge and win competition, we’re urging a call to action.
There are lots of things you can do to take part and this week we’ll be highlighting some suggested actions.
Food waste is a massive issue. Every year in the UK, the average householder throws away one third of the food they buy.
The collective amount is 6.7 million tonnes or around £10.2 billion.
The majority of this food ends up in landfill where it produces methane gas – a gas 23 times more potent than CO2.
In addition to the food waste, most discarded food is wrapped in plastic packaging, which hangs around in the landfill for up to 1000 years.
Our article on reducing food waste is one of the most popular on this site.
During National Zero Waste week why not make a commitment to reducing food waste?
You could pack a zero waste lunch box to take to work and menu plan around the food you already have in your fridge and cupboards.
Some of the most commonly binned foods are:
- ready meals
How much food waste do you create each week? Could you reduce that waste further?
While we’re busy throwing away perfectly edible food and wondering how to deal with our waste, 9 million people are dying every year because of hunger and malnutrition.
5 million of these are children.