In the UK, we waste 15m tonnes of food each year. Nearly 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. It costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children to waste food.
As consumers, we have a lot of power in our buying choices. It’s possible to mix and match – buying Fairtrade coffee and ethically-certified fresh fish from Aldi or Lidl. The Co-op and M&S tend to have pioneering ethical and environmental policies embedded in their operations. Asda, Sainsbury’s and the biggest retailer, Tesco are at the bottom of the supermarket table.
- Reduce food waste and save money. Love Food, Hate Waste have some great ideas & recipes for leftover food and ingredients
- Spend your money in supermarkets with the highest ethical and environmental ratings
- The Real Junk Food Project has a network of pay as you feel cafes. It diverts food destined for waste and uses it to create delicious and healthy meals
- Shop at your local independent grocery or wholefood shop; they are more likely to be a more ethical place to shop than a supermarket.
- Use Apps to manage food in your kitchen, share leftover food with people locally or order leftover food from a restaurant. You can also use or set up a community fridge
- Support WRAP, who work with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve the way products works.