The focus of this year’s Zero Waste Week is food waste, with the theme of ‘Use it Up’. Now in its sixth year the aim of the week is to reduce landfill waste and save money.
Starting next Monday, the campaign runs between 2-8 September with the idea that individuals can make a difference in making small changes in their habits. The organisers are encouraging people to sign up and pledge to be a Zero Hero, committing to do something different with food during the week.
Pledges can encompass a wide variety of activities, including planning meals properly, considering leftovers as ingredients, exercising better portion control and resisting ‘buy one, get one free’ offers.
Across the UK 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable household food and drink waste is thrown away annually, according to WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), costing around £12 billion.
The Zero Waste website has some great tips and hints on what to do and ideas of making the best of the food you have. Whether it’s sharing recipes, using up stored food or not shopping when we’re hungry, this week is about filling our bellies rather than our bins.
To sign up to the Zero Waste pledge visit the Zero Waste Week website. What will you pledge to do?