THROWING away unused food that is past its best is a probably an auto-pilot action for most of us, but what we don’t realise is that when we bin grub we’re also chucking away money.
The STOP Food Waste programme has a raft of startling statistics on food waste in the Republic of Ireland.
Food Waste Statistics
According to figures on stopfoodwaste.ie, over ONE MILLION tonnes of food are thrown away annually, with around a third of the waste coming from households.
The programme, which is EPA-funded, estimates that every single person disposes of around 80kg every year – amounting to over 300,000 tonnes!
And the UK fares even worse, with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign saying that close to 50 per cent of all the food thrown out comes from households. They have calculated that UK homes generate SEVEN MILLION tonnes of food and drink waste annually!
I’m interested in finding simple ways to reduce the amount of food we waste in the hope that adopting some new habits will also save cash and help the environment by reducing landfill.
This is my first post about food on my new blog so I’ll keep it simple with a few easy-to-follow tips on how changing some habits can make a real difference.
- Make a list before you go shopping – that can help you avoid impulse buying.
- Don’t be tempted to bulk buy perishables unless you are certain they are going to be consumed. Stick to non-perishables like rice, pasta etc.
- Invest in a hand blender – you can make soup using veggies that are past their prime by just adding a litre of stock (cubes are fine) and there’s your lunch sorted!
- Don’t be afraid to freeze. Staples like milk, butter and bread can all be frozen until needed.
- Finally, if you want to learn more about food waste you can get plenty of sound advice by visiting www.stopfoodwaste.ie or http://ni.lovefoodhatewaste.com/.