According to sustainability study, household food waste makes up 70% of the UK’s total loss, and most of that is fresh produce like fruit and vegetables. The study then value food thrown away every year in the UK equates to £19 billion – a serious amount of waste.
But it’s not all doom and gloom because the amount of food we throw away is going down.
There was a reduction of almost 6% between 2015 and 2018 and figures are now almost 18% lower than they were in 2007. This equates to almost £1.3 billion less in 2019 than in 2015 – a really encouraging trend.
Having said that, there's plenty of work that still needs to be done to further reduce food waste. Firstly, when it comes to fruit and veggies, only purchase what you need. Bulk buying is fine for dried foods but it’s better to buy fresh items as and when you need them. Secondly, when you do buy fruit and veg, be sure to store it correctly so you can maximise shelf life and get the most out of your produce.
Here are some favourite ideas been muted to help store us prevent food wastage and keep our kitchen looking meat and tidy as we do it.
Keep Fruit Produce in a Rack
Prevent Mould in the Fridge
Keep Cut Herbs Fresh