We all have the occasional food ‘oops’ moment, the one when we end up putting food in the bin. No one intends to throw away food, whether it’s extra pasta you didn’t get round to eating, a mouldy slice of bread or a meal that just didn’t appeal again, it happens to everyone – but very few of us are willing to admit it!
Whatever the reason for food going in the bin, there are quick and easy things you can do to get even more value from the food you buy.
Browse the pages in our food section to discover tips, ideas, recipes, guides about recycling and composting, as well as links to unique and interesting organisations that help our food go a little bit further.
Here’s a quick look at what you could find, click on the boxes to see more about each of our 7 top tips
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Yes, as a country we do. Every home is different, the amount and type of food changes with our routines. Read on for the facts, figures and how you can find out if there’s something you can do differently.
Your Food Waste Assistant
A carrot? A potato with sprouts? Flat lemonade? Whatever food item you throw away check out what this helpful assistant suggests to keep that food ready to eat for a bit longer.
Download for both android and iphones. It has handy features such as a meal planner, shopping list and portion guide.
We all love food, but nearly a third of what ends up in west London’s bins is wasted food. Karen Cannard from The Rubbish Diet says
“We’re inviting west Londoners to join in the Challenge and try to cut food waste by at least half over the next 3 weeks. Who knows you might even reduce it to zero. Whether you’re a beginner or a waste pro, the Challenge is a chance to make a real difference to your bank balance and to the environment. In the UK, one in 5 shopping bags of food we buy ends up in the bin and we’re asking you to help change that.
“I used to buy all the offers, keep fruit on my windowsill until it was overripe and throw away whole chickens. Sound familiar? But with a few small changes I found ways to stop chucking away food and I’m sure you will too. Sign up to the challenge and we’ll share all the best tips, waste workouts and food facts to help you make the most of your food. Do you know which fruit keeps best in the fridge? Did you know that leftovers might be better for you than eating fresh? We love food, join us in ending food waste.
Check out what the manufacturers and retailers are doing to get food to our plates without as much waste.
Sometimes all we need is a little help to get us creating wonderful meals using whatever needs using up. Find a helping hand here and you can share your recipe ideas too.
Whether it’s a quick bite at lunch time or a three course meal, eating out doesn’t have to equal food waste. The tips on this page will help you get the best value when going out to eat.