Loving Earth: Diana's Panel

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Why we took action to influence people to live more sustainably...

The facts (thanks to WRAP)

Each year 6.6 million tonnes of household food is thrown away. This costs an average family with children around £60 a month. 70% of this is food that is still edible. The carbon associated with this food is equivalent to that generated by 1 in 5 cars on the road

The action we took

In April 2020 Sustainable Merton, Merton's local environmental charity, decided to take action and set up Merton’s First Community Fridge. Our aim was to influence behaviour change and get the community working together to reduce food waste and support those living in food poverty.

Over 9 months we have...

  • Supported 128 unique families (many of whom attend weekly), including 120 children

  • Collected 67 Fareshare Go donations from local supermarkets

  • Saved 8,356kg of food (equivalent to 20,025 meals and 26,729 kg of CO2)

We now have 30 Fridge Friends, who have contributed 500 volunteer hours over the past 9 months.

In September 2020 we were also pleased to extend the Community Fridge Network to 3 other locations in the borough - Commonside Devel