Zero Waste Week 2013 – running from 2nd to 8th September – takes its lead from National Environment Day with food waste as its central theme. This year’s initiative is focusing on the prevention of food waste, championing ‘use it up’; re-positioning leftovers as ingredients to ensure nothing ends up in the bin other than cores and peelings.
It is shocking the amount of edible food that ends up in our bins; thrown away due to poor portion control, going out of date or us changing our minds. As a result, the 7.2 million tonnes we throw away costs each household approximately £50 in wasted food each month and, environmentally, every tonne of food waste gives off half a tonne of CO2 as it decomposes in landfill. According to WRAP, if we stopped wasting food, it would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.
Zero Waste Week will be celebrating food and ensuring that nothing ends up in the bin. Sign up at www.zerowasteweek.co.uk to receive daily emails throughout the campaign with recipe ideas and top tips for preventing waste. Follow the goings on via twitter @myzerowaste.