How to reduce food waste

So how much food are we actually wasting? Did you know in UK households we waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million of which is edible?

This contributes significantly to carbon emission, energy usage and water usage.

Not only is reducing food waste good for the planet – it’s also good for the purse. By reducing food waste, we will also reduce any packaging associated with it.

I’m not a fan of reinventing the wheel and there is loads of stuff on the internet about reducing food waste. See the great links below for some extra reading, but here are the top tips.

Top tips for reducing food waste

  • Plan – think about the month ahead, the week ahead, the day ahead
  • Don’t over buy – this is less likely if you’ve planned
  • Love your list – once you’ve planned, get it all on a list and shop using your list
  • Cook!
  • Freeze stuff
  • Enjoy your food!


The Love Food Hate Waste website is fantastic. It’s so comprehensive and has everything you might need to know.

For more info on how big the food waste issue is, watch this great TED talk by Tristram Stuart.

Here are some recipes I’ve made, which are perfect for making in larger quantities and freezing if you want to:

My weekend #recipe – hearty mung bean stew with kale by MAŠA OFEI

My weekend #recipe – Andean-style quinoa from Diabetes UK

Whole green lentils with spinach and ginger

My weekend #vegan #lowwaste #lowcarbonfootprint #recipe – Zeviostrone

#Mexican #refried #beans at the weekend and beyond

#pinto #bean and rice soup

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