Did you know that one-third of all food produced in the world for human consumption per year gets wasted? This alarming figure equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food!
According to WRAP, the UK throws away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have consumed. Although we are increasingly becoming more aware of this environmental issue it seems that food waste is still a growing problem.
We wanted to find out what the top 5 wasted foods are in UK households and came up with simple solutions to help us all reduce our food waste footprint.
The top 5 most wasted foods are:
- Bread – Bread is at the top of most wasted foods in the UK with a shocking figure of 24 million slices being thrown away every day! This is because most of us don’t end up using it in time. However, this can be easily resolved by putting our bread in the freezer to keep it lasting much longer!
- Potatoes – According to research 5.8 million potatoes are thrown away daily! Reason is not using them up in time, but Love Food Hate Waste say “Once wrinkly skins, green patches and “sprouts” are removed they are still in fact edible.” Also, ensure to store your potatoes in a dry location so they are kept fresher for longer!
- Milk – Research by The Telegraph states that we throw away 5.2 million glasses of milk every day! Easy tips are to smell your milk and don’t always solely rely on ‘use by dates’, milk is also easy to use up simply by making delicious smoothies or baking. Another interesting fact is that milk lasts longer when it is stored on refrigerator shelves where it is cooler, rather than the fridge door.
- Cheese – Although cheese lasts much longer than other foods, it is still one of the most wasted. According to Love Food Hate Waste, 3.1 million slices of cheese are thrown away each day! Did you know most cheeses can actually be frozen?
- Apples – Research conducted by River Cottage found that each year 4.4 million apples are thrown away. Make sure you store your apples in a cool, dry place for them to last longer!
Looking after our planet can be simple and there are many ways in which we can save these delicious foods that end up in the bin daily. Make sure to use your food items up in time, store them correctly and be creative with your food by looking at recipes for ways to use them up rather than throwing them away!