Where: Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Belfast and Glasgow
What is it?
One million tonnes of what was once good food and drink is going to waste from our homes, without a bite being taken, according to food experts. WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste is setting out to change our kitchen habits and save the average person up to £200 per year, simply by not throwing away the food and drink we buy.
Despite improvements, almost half of whole or unopened food and drink waste is fresh vegetables and salads. We currently waste 13 billion five-a-day portions each year and when it comes to fresh fruit, apples and oranges top the list of fruit that is purchased and then not eaten; while one in ten bananas go to waste.
The new findings demonstrate that small changes to the way we shop, store, cook and eat food can lead to big changes. Checking cupboards before going shopping, sticking to a list, freezing what needs using up, and knowing what to do with ‘tired’ fruit or vegetables can make a huge difference.
To support the launch of the new report, WRAP will launch the ‘Liquid Greens Machine’ Breakfast Truck to deliver breakfast ideas with a difference. Serving up healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies made from ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away. The vehicle offers a chance to try some great tasting treats and get inspiration on ways to use up some of the food that most often gets thrown away. All ingredients for the Smoothies and Juices are being provided by FoodCycle. FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
WRAP will take Love Food Hate Waste to 10 cities across the UK to raise awareness of the issue, as well as helping people to make small changes but big savings. The Liquid Greens Machine will visit Belfast (3rd September), Birmingham (24th July), Cardiff (15th August), Glasgow (5th September), Manchester (8th August), Leeds (28th August), Liverpool (7th August), Newcastle (21st August), Nottingham (1st August) and Sheffield (27th August).
More info: lovefoodhatewaste.com/events