5 tips for reducing food waste – #TasteWithoutWaste

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5 tips for reducing food waste with BPI consumer plastic and tastewithoutwasteTimes have changed a lot since I started blogging about household waste.

Nowadays, it’s difficult to get through a day without reading a mainstream media headline about food waste or plastic packaging.

The recent Blue Planet series has done wonders for raising awareness of the issues of plastic packaging and WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign has bought education around the country regarding food waste.

However, we still love our convenience shopping and with supermarkets making it easy for us to buy everything we need under one roof, many of us still end up wasting food and having a bin full of plastic.

The thing is, it makes sense to your bank balance to reduce your waste.

As I’ve written before, I reckon I save around £1000 to £1500 per YEAR by reducing my landfill waste. Whether that’s minimising food waste, buying things loose – so I can buy exactly the amount I need – or swapping a disposable item for a reusable one, it soon adds up.

In collaboration with BPI Consumer Packaging I’ve got this fantastic infographic for you to look at.

It shows the results of a survey they commissioned of 2000 members of the British public, to discover what we REALLY think about food waste!

Sadly, food waste is STILL on the increase by a small percent and householders are still showing confusion over ‘best before’ dates. As my mantra last year during Zero Waste Week goes – Let’s Ignore Best Before! A reminder then that ‘best before’ is only about looks, texture and perhaps a change in flavour. It has nothing to do with food safety. So you can safely ignore the best before dates – really!

In addition, members of the public are still very confused about recycling. And it’s no surprise, especially when you consider that each local authority can set its own rules for recycling. This makes it very difficult to get up to date advice on what is, and isn’t, recyclable in your area.

Fortunately, BPI end their infographic with five tips to help you reduce food waste, including making friends with your freezer and brushing up your organisation skills.

Take a look at the information, take an audit of how much food you throw away and tell me, what is the one thing you could do to reduce your food waste?


food waste infographic from BPI Consumer Packaging

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Carolyn says:

    These are some excellent tips. I find that I really don’t have much food waste in our home. Lots of hungry mouths to feed, and i cook meals from fresh ingredients that always go down well

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