Food saving is a challenge we can all tackle together as a nation, in our local communities and at home with our families. But it’s only natural at some point to ask the question: ‘what’s in it for me?’ The good news is there are loads of advantages to being savvy in the kitchen... for your pocket and the planet too.
What’s your share? Let’s start with the bottom line. What’s your share of the £15 billion we spend on food that gets thrown away? For the average person it’s around £230 and for the average UK household, a whopping £540 a year. If you’re part of a family with children, you might throw away even more. If you do, you could be in line for a saving of up to £800 a year – that’s around £70 a month more in your pocket – just by making a few simple changes.
Buffer yourself from rising prices Food prices are on the rise in the UK – and it’s not just to do with political changes or the value of the pound. Lots of costs associated with the price of food, from the cost of energy to the cost of fertiliser and raw materials, are volatile. Global demand for food is rising too as the world population grows and emerging markets like China are increasing their consumption. So making better use of the food you buy will mean you buy less over time, making you more efficient and saving money.
Clean up your act The food that goes in your black bin ends up in one place: your local landfill site. The site and your waste collection service are paid for by your council tax. Once it’s there, food rots and degrades over a period of years and releases harmful greenhouse gases, including methane, in the process. Methane is 25 times as potent as our old friend carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. Less food in the bin at home means less water waste too – yet another saving.
The ultimate feel-good factor And if all of that’s not enough, there’s also the satisfaction that comes from contributing to nationwide community making a collective effort to keep more food out of the bin. Cleaning up landfill and the environment, learning crafty new kitchen skills, doing a bit of forward-planning, and best of all, eating delicious food while keeping some extra cash in your pocket. It’s a win-win all round.