No Time to Waste. This article is part of a joint campaign by Riverford and Wicked Leeks to help people cut food waste and raise awareness.
Did you know? A third of food produced globally is wasted. In the UK, we throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste; three quarters of which is food we could have eaten. The first thing that comes to most peoples’ mind when they learn this is, 'it’s awful when you think about how many people go hungry’, or ‘what a waste of money’.
While these are both relevant, what is perhaps even more relevant given the current climate crisis, is that food waste is a huge contributor to global warming and climate change.
A third (30 per cent) of global greenhouse gas emissions are from food production, so we really can’t afford to waste it. A huge amount of energy, water and resources goes into producing, processing and transporting food, so when we throw it away or let it go off, all of that energy is wasted too.
On top of this, when food waste is thrown into our general waste and ends up in landfill, it breaks down and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) for the environment.
With all of this in mind, we have made it our mission to inspire Riverford customers and beyond to become true waste warriors; to reduce food waste at home, to get more out of your veg box, and be in-the-know about why food waste matters so much, now more than ever. We know so many of you are already incredibly resourceful, but for most of us, armed with the inspiration and tools, there’s more we can do.
Over the coming weeks and months, you can expect to see waste reducing recipes and Veg Hacks, handy storage and waste tips, adaptable recipes to use up whatever you have in, and more, alongside features, education and lifestyle articles with a food waste focus from Wicked Leeks.
We’re especially excited to introduce a weekly community challenge too, No Waste Wednesdays, where you can get involved and share your own tips and recipes with other members of the Riverford community.
Ready to join us? There’s No Time to Waste.