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How to stop wasting food

The average UK household spends £50 a month on food that could have been eaten but ends up being thrown away. Yet producing, transporting and consuming food is responsible for nearly a third of individuals’ contribution to climate change.

Making a few simple changes to the way you shop for food can save pounds on your shopping bill and slim down your carbon footprint.

  1. Plan your meals
  2. Know what you’ve got
  3. Think about portion sizes
  4. Buy seasonal food
  5. Plan your trip to the shops
  6. And when you’re finished...

1. Plan your meals

Shopping listPlanning your meals in advance of your weekly shop is one of the most effective ways you can reduce the food you waste. Making a shopping list of the things you need for those meals, and trying to stick to it, means you’re less likely to end up with items you won’t use.

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2. Know what you’ve got

Checking your fridge, freezer and store cupboard so you don’t shop for things you already have will save you money. It’s a good idea to have a quick look when you’re making your shopping list.

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3. Think about portion sizes

When buying food, think carefully about who is eating and what size portions they are likely to eat. There are many useful tools available to measure portions, from a tablespoon to a spaghetti measurer, and they can soon repay their cost. This could help reduce the amount of food you need to buy – and the amount left on the plates at the end of a meal. If you do overdo it, getting creative with leftovers can save the time and hassle of starting from scratch.

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4. Buy seasonal food

Eating seasonal food can help tackle climate change – that’s because it sometimes requires less energy to produce than food grown out of season. An example of this would be out of season fruit or vegetables being refrigerated for long periods of time. Challenge yourself to cook a few meals using fruit, vegetables, meat and fish that are in season.

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5. Plan your trip to the shops

Supermarket shoppingBy planning what you need to buy in advance, you can cut down on the number of trips you make to the supermarket. Making fewer food shopping trips by car, or using other forms of transport instead, will help cut emissions and could even save you money.

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6. And when you’re finished...

If you can't reuse your food, compost it. Get yourself a composting bin. Home composting diverts waste from landfill, saving on climate change emissions – and it can also provide a cheap compost for the garden.

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