Around 50% of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes – we throw away a huge 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK and over half of this is perfectly good to eat! We actually throw away more food than packaging from our homes in the UK each year.
There are hundreds of shocking facts like these that show you how much of an impact unnecessary food waste is having, so we have a few tips for you to cut down on your food waste here at QMUL.
Use your leftovers!
You might not think you’ll be able to use the carrots that have been sitting in the back of your fridge but you definitely can! Love Food Hate Waste has loads of great recipes using up ingredients you have lying around to help you stop throwing away perfectly good food. BBC Good Food also has great leftovers recipes. Who knew one roast chicken could be used for up to 4 different meals?!
If you haven’t heard of OLIO yet, where have you been?! OLIO is a nifty little app that allows you to share food that would otherwise go to waste. We’ve got an OLIO drop box in the Village Shop to make things even easier. All you have to do is download the app, upload any items that you have to give away and once someone has claimed it, drop it off in the OLIO box so it can be collected! Whilst you’re on the app, have a browse and see if anyone’s got anything you like the look of too. (The OLIO box is right in front of the door as you walk into the Village Shop so you can’t miss it).
As most of you know we’ve recently built the Green Mary Garden (see previous blog if you don’t know what I’m talking about). As part of this, we’ve installed a compost bin so if you really do need to chuck away that apple that’s been sitting on your desk for 2 weeks, chuck it in the compost bin instead. If you can’t get in to the allotment area (it’s locked unless in use) give us an email and we can let you in! Here’s a list of what can and can’t be composted.
Think before you buy
Make a list of things you actually need to buy when you go to the shop and make sure you stick to it. Not only will this save you from wasting food you’ve bought that you don’t really need, but it will also saves you money (who doesn’t like saving money?!)
Freeze, freeze, freeze!
Your freezer is your new best friend. Keep an eye on perishable items in your fridge and if you don’t think you’re going to be able to use them in time, pop them in the freezer and use them at a later date. Check out this article for some top freezing tips!
I hope this blog has inspired you to rethink before you chuck away any more perfectly edible food. Let us know if you have any tips to reduce food waste in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!