In an older post, I wrote about my experience at the EAUC Conference 2015, where within other things, I attended one workshop run by ‘Love Food Hate Food’, which aim is to raise awareness of the need to reduce food. They believe we can all waste less food by doing some easy practical everyday things at home. Wasting less food will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.
Food waste is a major issue in the UK. About 7 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away from homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing UK citizens £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too, because wasted food become garbage.
Usually students make the weekly shop by their own and often the portions are family-sized, so I will show some tips from the ‘Love Food Hate Food’ website to help your food stay fresh for longer and to avoid waste.
A lot of students don’t realise that fruit and veg, like carrots, peppers and apples, are best kept in the bag they come in as it keeps it fresher for longer. A shrink-wrapped cucumber for example will last around three times longer than a non-shrink-wrapped one.
Resealable packs for cheese prevent it drying out, particularly important in the fridge. If your cheese doesn’t have a resealable pack, make sure you wrap it well in clingfilm, foil or in a plastic tub. Also, your flat mates will be happy without the shared fridge smelling cheesy!
Lots of food comes in clever packs that are subdivided, so that you can use some now, some later. It is as simple as that!
Smaller packs of bread are great if you’re not going to eat a big loaf before it goes off. But if you buy a big loaf, why not freeze half and toast straight from frozen?
Packaging doesn’t just protect our food in the supermarket, in transit and in the home, it also houses lots of handy information on how to store it, how much to cook, when it should be eaten to enjoy at its best and whether it can be frozen, which all help us reduce the amount of good food we throw away. Keep an eye on packaging!
Last but not least, my very personal tip. If you live in a Hall of Residence or in a private house with other people, try to share the food that is going off shortly, rather than throw it away when it is too late! Sharing is caring and you will help the environment, as well your flat mates will be grateful and they will likely return the favour!
Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)