The good food we throw away has an impact on our environment and contributes to climate change because we are wasting not only the food but the valuable resources that have gone into creating it too - from the land, fertilisers and water that was used for growing it to the greenhouse gases created from its production and transportation.

Don’t believe us? Well, if we stopped throwing away the 714,000 tonnes of potatoes we waste every year in our homes, it would do the same for the environment as taking 326,000 tonnes of CO2e out of our atmosphere! That’s why during Food Waste Action Week 2021, we’re challenging everyone to understand the true value of food and waste as little as possible. It’s time to act now.

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If food waste were a country, it would have the third biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China.

If we all stopped wasting bread at home in the UK for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.

Wasted food accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions globally than all of the commercial flights we take each year.

What can you do to help?

Before you shop, plan out your portions so you only buy what you need. Make a list and take a shelfie so you’ll know what you have at home while you’re shopping.

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Turn the fridge down to 5 degrees or lower to keep your food fresher for longer.

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Date labels – what do they mean? Know your ‘use by’ from your ‘best before’.

Compl-eat your food and use up every edible part.

Using up leftovers is an easy way to fight climate change and enjoy a delicious meal.

Get your storage in order – keep your food at its best for longer by storing it correctly.

A-Z of food storage

Freezing food before it goes off, or buying frozen and using just what you need will help you waste less food.

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Well, this is where it gets tasty. Take the Food Waste Action Week Challenge; over the course of the week, try and get the amount of edible food you put in the bin as close to zero as possible. We need all of you to get creative by sharing every hack, tip and trick to spread the word about how to waste less food. Everyone can make a difference, and something as small as saving your leftovers and encouraging friends and family to do the same means you’re doing your part. Use our tools and tips to guide you, and let us know how you’re getting on over on Instagram @LFHW_UK.

Download our challenge pack to get you started.

How to enter

Show us your top tips for wasting less this Food Waste Action Week by tagging us on Instagram @LFHW_UK and using #FoodWasteActionChallenge.

We’ll be sharing tips throughout the week, and the best, selected by Nadiya Hussain, will win.

What you could win

A Hisense new PureFlat fridge freezer worth £1500 RRP

A signed copy of Nadiya Hussain’s book XXXXXXX

1 x giant hamper of rescued food each month for a year, courtesy of Approved Food, worth £720.
Delivered to your door

1 x £250 Waitrose & Partners gift card / e-voucher

A year’s supply of Cravendale milk and a Smeg Blender

£750 worth of Oddbox vegetable boxes delivered
weekly or fortnightly

One of three signed, personalised Michel Roux Jr cookbooks, courtesy of Albert Bartlett