At he New Leaf Co-op has run a project to help our customers assess and cut down on the food they waste. We realised that the food that we buy and don’t eat is costing our environment a huge amount, and it’s costing individuals big bucks too. We wanted to do something about it, so we teamed up with Love Food Hate Waste Scotland to bring you the ‘More than you can chew?’ project.
So, what’s the problem with food waste?
Did you know that in Scotland we throw away more food than packaging? That’s a massive 566,000 tonnes of food and drink every year. The cost to the average household amounts to a whopping £430 annually! All this waste also has a huge impact on the environment. If household waste was prevented, then we’d save 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of taking one in five cars off the road.
And here’s what we’re doing about it:
We’ve produced a series of three information sheets packed with information on the impacts of food waste, tips for food storage and information on getting portions just right. You can read all the info, and download our info sheets here.
Food Waste Info Banners:
Like pictures to accompany your info? Check out our eye-grabbing banners in the shop, or download them here for lots of food waste info in a pretty, graphical format.
We have 16 delicious ‘Leftover Lifeline’ recipe cards, with a different one available in-store each week. Each recipe focuses on using up an ingredient that is commonly left over, such as bread, potatoes or wilty veg. If you’ve missed them in the shop, you can find them all online here. Why not cook up a storm, save some cash and pay the environment some respect all at once?
Getting Perfect Portions:
We have added portion size information to our dispensers and buckets in the shop, so you can scoop with that in mind. Our shiny new shop-floor weighing scale is there so that you can buy exactly the right amount for what you need. See our info sheet “Proper Planning” for more information on getting your portions spot on. Here’s a couple of quick pointers: For gains like rice, quinoa and cous cous use 1/4 mug (75ml) per portion. Use 80g dried beans or 160g cooked beans (they roughly double in weight when they are cooked). We’ve also been giving away FREE spaghetti measurers to our project participants, so pop in and see if you can snap one up.
If you would like more information on household food waste, check out the Love Food Hate Waste Scotland website, which is packed with information, advice and a tonne of tasty recipes.