Despite a reduction in the amount of food being wasted, new figures reveal that UK households still throw away 1 million tonnes of untouched and unopened food, much of which could be saved.
The phenomenon has a cost of around £2.4 billion per year – £90 per family – according to a new report by the Waste Resource Action Programme (Wrap).
Most of the food is thrown away because it has passed by its eat-by date, but some goes to the bin because it is not stored properly and attracts mould or goes stale.
Overall, Britons threw away 4.2 million tonnes of food in 2012, an amount that was avoidable according to the report. This is despite previous research by Wrap showing that there had been a 21% reduction in the phenomenon.
The organisation said in the report that more has to be done to further tackle food waste and calls for consumers to use freezers more and plan meals in advance before going shopping. It adds retailers and producers should provide clearer guidance on storing.
It also said that pack sizes might have to be rethought, as much of the waste occurs in amounts more than 50g, so that every person, including busy people or singles, can buy food in a size that is more suitable to them.
The report says, “This research provides essential information to those working with their customers, their residents and members of the community to help people to change their behaviours and waste less. It is a significant finding that the majority of avoidable food waste is being thrown away in quantities that everyone can take action to prevent, with the largest instances more likely to be avoidable food waste.
“Taking every opportunity to provide tips and guidance, or challenging existing practice and making changes to products and packaging, could deliver substantial benefits.”
In September last year, figures by the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) revealed that up to 40% of edible food may be refused by retailers because it is ‘ugly’.
Photo: Kalyan Kanuri via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Prominent Trends in Seafood Sustainability in 2022
Can PEMF Help To Improve Plant Growth for Eco-Friendly Gardeners
How the U.S. Government is Promoting Green Energy in the Country
12 Essential Things for Buying Your First Home
Harnessing Sustainability with User-Centric Technology Innovation
Making Your Dream of Having an Eco-Friendly Garden Come True
Tips for Optimal Waste Management in Your Home
The Agricultural Benefits of Weather Stations for Eco-Friendly Farmers
What Makes Online Furniture Eco-Friendly?
How Eco-Friendly Indian Tourists Can Apply for Visas to Brazil
7 Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Alternatives for Everyday Products
Teaching Them While They’re Young: Sustainability Tips for All Ages
Top 5 Benefits of Eco-Friendly Cars
Why Eco-Friendly Homes Should Have Outdoor Bathrooms
Merits of Sustainability Reporting: What Every Manager Must Know
Low Emission and Clean Air Zones: What You Need To Know
4 Ways To Build A Sustainable Home
Why Transitioning Your Company to an EV Fleet Makes Sense?
CEO Brian Ladin Explains How The Shipping Industry Is Going Green
A Guide to Eco-Friendly Landscaping
- Features11 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy11 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features10 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Features10 months ago
5 Compelling Reasons to Hire an Eco-Friendly Contractor