Do you open your fridge door and wince when you clock three bags of spinach, all of which have wilted? You’re not alone. According to research fromLondoners are spending a whopping £1.4 billion each year on buying food, with councils paying around £50 million to dispose of it when it becomes waste.
Not only is this waste environmentally damaging, but families could save up to £70 a month by slightly changing the way they shop, prepare, store, eat and dispose of food.
Here are some #LondonFoodHacks from Small Change, Big Difference to prevent food waste, eat healthily and recycle the inedible bits:
- Freeze half your loaf if you don’t always use it all. Pop the slices into your toaster straight from the freezer.
- Once you have opened your bagged lettuce, place it in a container lined with kitchen roll to make it last longer.
- Eat from your freezer one day a week.
- Try canned veg in your cooking – it’s packed with vitamins and lasts longer.
- Did you know you can freeze eggs? Crack them into a bowl and either separate or whisk together.
- Take a ‘shelfie’ of your fridge before shopping to avoid doubling up on items.
- One recycled banana peel could generate enough electricity to fully charge a smartphone twice.
- Did you know you can recycle bones, eggshells, fruit peelings and coffee grounds in your council food waste bin?
- Any container can act as a caddy in your kitchen, so long as you place it in the correct council container outside your property.
- Make healthy ice cream using frozen banana. Just slice and blend.