Brent resident wins Green Hamper
Brent resident, Kate Elliott won a Love Food Hate Waste hamper worth £65 after completing a food waste reducer questionnaire during European Week for Waste Reduction.
Kate enjoys cooking and tries to use all the food she buys but said “I am looking forward to having the items in the hamper to help me do more”.
Throwing away food costs the average householder about £50 a month. In the UK over £12 billion of food is thrown in the bin every year. In West London around 30% of the rubbish in bags and bins is food that hasn’t been eaten. There are simple steps that we can all take to make the most ofthe food we buy and reduce how much weend up throwing away.
To find out what simple things you can do visit our Love Food Hate Waste page.
You can buy all the items in the hamper easily and cheaply in your local area. Here are our top items and how they can save money and waste.
- A fridge thermometer – keep your fridge between 1 and 5oc, if it’s too cold food will slowly freeze but if it’s too warm it may go off before the use-by date. You can buy one for under £2.
- Assorted plastic storage containers – keeping leftovers, home cooked meals and fresh foods in airtight containers can help them stay fresh for longer. Use containers with tight fitting lids and work out the size of portions you can store in them. Check the containers can be used in the fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher safely. Prices can start from 50p or wash plastic takeaway containers and reuse those.
- Bag clips – Use these to keep your open bags of rice, pasta and frozen vegetables tightly closed to stop them spilling in your cupboard and freezer. You can buy a bag of clips for under £2 or use clothes pegs instead.