Every year almost a third of the global food produced is wasted, that’s roughly 1.3 billion tonnes.
When you throw away food, you’re throwing away so much more than just one piece of now useless food –
You’re throwing away the resources that go into making that single banana. The energy, often being derived from fossil fuel, that goes into the growing, harvesting, processing and transportation
You’re throwing away the vast amounts of water used thoroughout the process. A single banana (approx 120g) uses approximately 98 litres of water
Money. You pay for these items. When you throw them away, you’re throwing your money in the bin too
You’re throwing away the effort and labour by those working hard to get this food to you. And lets not beat around the bush these people are often underpaid and exploited for our consumptional benefits
Landfill. That waste you throw in your bin, that doesn’t go to composting unless you go out of your way to do so. Instead it sits in landfill, decomposing, producing methane, a greenhouse gas, which has a greater detrimental impact than CO2 and also produces leachates which can contaminate water supplies, harm wildlife and simply do no good.
So I’ve set myself a challenge of researching and finding thrifty and innovative ways to minimise waste and I want you challenge me too! I want to hear about your experiences, questions and any issues you have and I’ll do my best to answer them! You can email me at Sinead@FentonEats.co.uk and I’ll be in touch.