Brits throw away £494 million worth of food every WEEK

Brits throw away £494 million worth of food every WEEK

Published at 9:12am 25th April 2019.

Britain throws away £494 million worth of food every week according to new research from recipe box company Gousto.

  • Brits often overestimate how much food they will need, both when shopping and when cooking 
  • Just under a fifth of the UK throw away out of date food due to not properly planning meals in advance
  • Less than a third of Brits are concerned with the amount of food they waste

The research from recipe box company Gousto reveals the shocking amount of food Brits throw away each week, most commonly caused by throwing away out of date food due to poor planning (19%), buying too much food (29%) and overestimating meals when cooking (33%).

The figures show people in the UK struggle to accurately estimate how much food they'll need, with roughly half admitting they don't cook the recommended portion sizes, resulting in an abundance of excess food.

A lack of planning is also a contributing factor, with one in five (19%) throwing away out of date food and more than a third admitting they do a weekly shop and forget what they've bought.

Bin overflowing with waste
Less than a third (31%) of Brits are concerned with the amount of food they waste, contributing to a whopping £494 million worth of food every week

How can we reduce food waste?

  • Utilize your freezer - Consumers should be aware of the date on food according to Professor of Sustainable Waste Management Margaret Bates, if there's an item with less life then put it in the freezer for later!
  • Soup is your friend - If you've got vegetables that may look past their best, blend them up and put them in soups! They're just as delicious and make a perfect warm lunch.

  • Know your dates - There is sometimes confusion around the labels on food, but the 'Use by' date is only one to worry about. 'Best before' does not mean the food is inedible, but simply won't be as nice as before the date listed!
  • Look into recipe boxes - Recipe boxes are portion controlled, as well as nutritionally balanced, so consumers will get the right amount of food and there's less excess.
Just over a third of Brits admitted to forgetting what they'd bought after shopping, with one in five throwing food away due to not properly planning their meals

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Food & Drink Show spoke to Professor of Sustainable Waste Management Margaret Bates about how we can combat the waste problem in the UK:

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