Love Food Hate Waste

We are supporting the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which encourages us to get the most from the food we buy.

Food waste is a major issue. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing us £12 billion a year and it is bad for the environment too.

Each month, the average family throws away £50 worth of good food that was bought but not eaten.

Food facts

Forty per cent of food thrown away that could have been eaten is fresh fruit and vegetables.

Most of the food we throw away ends up in landfill, where it produces methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. But this is not the whole picture. If you take into consideration the energy used to produce, package, transport and store all this unused food, the equivalent of 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) is wasted per year.

If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road.

Go to the Love Food Hate Waste website for lots more helpful advice on how to get familiar with your fridge and freezer, be store cupboard savvy, ideas on using up your leftovers and tips on planning your meals for the week.

See our food cycle diagram on how to reduce your food waste.

The food cycle

How to reduce food waste