This year will mark the third Food Waste Action Week; an annual campaign taking place between the 6th– 12th March with the aim to increase citizens’ confidence in ‘using up leftovers’ and reducing food waste.
According to Love Food Hate Waste, who are behind the campaign, 4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year by UK households, with a whopping 25% due to cooking, preparing or serving too much, costing UK households £3.5 billion each year.
The theme for Food Waste Action Week 2023 is ‘Win. Don’t Bin.’ and it will demonstrate how valuable food is in our lives, how it unites people and how using up everything we buy saves money, time and the planet.
Confirmed sponsors this year include Ocado Retail, Kenwood, Lidl, Panasonic and Danone.
There are a number of ways to support the week: through direct sponsorship; running events and PR activity; and through helping to spread the campaign’s key messages across your own networks.
With an increasing number of people not having enough food to eat, resulting in having to use food banks due to the pressures of the cost of living crisis, it is more important than ever that we all make the most of our food to reduce the pressure on the whole food system, for all of us.
Love Food Hate Waste work closely with the companies who produce our food and the shops who sell it to encourage a smarter approach to how food is packaged and sold, including simplifying how food is labelled to add helpful reminders like where best to store different foods to stay fresher for longer. They even work with partners to develop new food-saving technology to keep as much out of the bin as possible.
This Food Waste Action Week, why not take a look at how much food you are putting into the bin each week and try to think of ways you can cook less, provide more realistic portions or instead of scraping it into the bin, why not freeze the leftovers to provide easy lunches for the following week? By being smarter with your food, you are not only relieving pressure on the whole food system, but also saving yourself money at a time our pockets are tighter than ever.
To find out more, visit lovefoodhatewaste.com