Help us put sustainability back on the menu

Blog by Jenna

Sustainable Merton Community Champion & Waste Team Leader

UK households are wasting 4.5m tonnes of food a year, worth £14bn - or £700 a year for an average family with children*. Not only that, if food waste were a country it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases**! Here are our top tips for reducing food waste, eating healthier, and saving money in the process...

Be prepared:

Create a meal plan for the week and prioritise items in your kitchen that are close to expiring. Where possible, cook bulk meals to 1) save time later in the week, 2) avoid expensive impulse purchases and convenience food, and 3) make it easier to make healthy choices.

Take a ‘shelfie’

Snap a photo of your fridge and cupboards to keep track of what you already have before you go shopping. Alternatively, free apps such as Whisk, OurGroceries, and Food Checklist allow you to keep track of what you have, while sharing meal plans and shopping lists with your household on-the-go.

Think outside the box:

Consider buying a veg box that gives a home to ‘ugly’ fruit and veg rejected by supermarkets.