One of the most powerful things you can do is talk to other people about why food is thrown away. Share ideas and tips with your friends and family and let us know if you find out anything particularly useful, on our website and beyond.
According to research by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme), one-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted and in the UK alone we waste £19bn worth of food. Yet data from The Trussell Trust shows food bank use across the UK increasing by 74% over the last five years (even before COVID-19 hit). So we need to find a way for more of the food we produce to feed people.
Understanding the food waste hierarchy can help you with communicating the issues, and solutions, with your friends and family. It outlines how to deal with food waste, prioritising actions that are better for the environment.
Changing habits is hard! Let your actions motivate and encourage others to shift their behaviour. By supporting your friends and family to reduce food waste, you will help them to save money as well as decrease their carbon footprint.
Use the #BiteBackBetter hashtag and share your food waste tips on social media, and become a Bristol Bites Back Better ambassador and help spread the word.
Feedback Global have some interesting food waste-focused campaigns you can get behind.
Plan Zheroes is another great place to go for volunteering opportunities if you’re interested in redistributing food from businesses to charities and community groups.
Community Fridges can be a way to make a change quickly, to pass unwanted but safe-to-eat food on to those who really need it, though COVID-19 has made them more tricky to keep safe. The environmental campaigning charity Hubbub has some information about the current state of play, plus some advice on how to set one up in your neighbourhood.
Sign up to join #StopFoodWaste Day.
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