Sustainability to us is about meeting the current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Food waste refers to food appropriate for human consumption being discarded, whether or not after it is kept beyond its expiry date or left to spoil. Often this is because food has spoiled but it can be for other reasons such as oversupply due to markets, or individual consumer shopping/eating habits.
Did you know?
- Around 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year, and most of it could have been eaten.
- Little by little all this waste adds up, over a year the average family throws away around £700 of food shopping – equivalent to an annual utility bill.
- Some of the waste is made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food.
- Most of it ends up in landfill sites where it rots and releases methane, a damaging green house gas. Throwing away food is also a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage. If we all stopped wasting the food which could have been eaten, it would have the same CO2 impact as taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads.