The food waste issue
As the UK’s first Sustainable Food City, Brighton and Hove has an innovative approach to addressing food issues and a commitment to reducing food waste. Even so, 24,000 tonnes of food gets thrown away by Brighton and Hove residents every year – that’s about 260kg of wasted food per household.
Over 60% of our food waste is avoidable and edible, while much of the rest can be composted. The good news is you can make a difference every day with thoughtful meal planning, proper portions, smart storage and some leftover love.
Tackling food waste can save up to £60 a month on food bills, which is a great incentive in itself. But reducing food waste also means natural resources, energy, and human effort are not needlessly lost along the way. Keep reading to learn more about efforts to reduce food waste and the simple and effective steps you can take.
Waste Less, Save More
The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is excited to be part of national campaign headed by Sainsbury’s to reduce food waste.
Through Waste less, Save more Sainsbury’s is on a mission to change the way we think about the food we buy, cook, eat and throw away. Check out their website for hints and tips on how to save money on your food bills as well as yummy recipes, videos and articles.
In Brighton and Hove we are working across communities to create a city of no-waste ninjas. We have developed a super handy recipe and tips booklet, filled with simple and practical tips to help you reduce food waste. There are lots of tasty recipes for frequently wasted items, like bananas or rice, to help you breath new life into your forgotten food. Practical tips on freezing, storage, date labels, portions, food safety and composting are also right at your finger tips. You can view the booklet here, or if you would like to receive a copy in the mail contact us.
We are also giving out thousands of handy fridge thermometers, as storing food at the right temperature will help it last for longer. Many factors can affect your fridge’s temperature, from taking items out to filling it up with food from the grocery store. These handy thermometers are really simple to use; by simply placing them in the bottom of the fridge for a couple of hours you can find out if it’s cool enough. To get your hands on one of these thermometers get in touch with us. If you use one of our thermometers and complete a feedback survey to tell us how it worked, you can go in the draw to win dinner for two – it’s a win, win!
We are hosting a number of Waste less, Save more stalls across Brighton and Hove over the coming months. Keep an eye on this site or follow the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Facebook and Twitter pages to see where our food waste champions will be popping up.