We were super flattered to be asked to speak at L’Oreal HQ this week about our journey so far and all things food waste and nutrition. We aren’t experts and we’re not perfect, but we’re really trying.
Here’s a quick overview of what we spoke about!
🥦 We can all make a significant impact 🥦
Plastics & fashion are dominating the waste debate. It’s not surprising, because only 9% of recyclable materials ever created have been recycled. However, we don’t think food waste gets enough focus. It’s:
- An enormous problem
- the easiest thing for us all to address.
🤯If food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
🤯 A third of all food produced for humans is wasted.
🤯 Given that 70% of global water use is in agriculture, this means that around 25% of total water use each year is wasted.
🤯In the UK we waste up to 10 million tonnes of food each year, and 7 million tonnes is from households. That’s you and me throwing away bread, potatoes and brown fruit and veg. Supermarkets only contribute 0.25m tonnes.
🤯 Not only could we easily feed the 1bn that go hungry, it also has a big impact on us financially. An average UK household throws away £800 of food every year and 50% of this is still edible!
So what can we do about it?
Well quite a lot actually! Here’s Phoebe’s top tips for reducing food waste:
❄️Freeze your bread. It keeps for ages and can be toasted on demand. BONUS: it increases the resistant starch which is great for gut health.
🍌If Bananas are getting brown and spotty, freeze them and blend to make nice cream or blend with your fave plantshake for a smoothie bowl.
🗓 Plan meals and shop from a list (saves ££ too!)
🥒 If you only need half an onion/celery, chop it all up and freeze the rest for another day. The freezer is your friend.
🔁 Practice fridge management – put newer foods at the back of the fridge and things which need eating nearer the front.
🔘Download the @Olio_Ex app – share surplus food with neighbours & those in need.
Phoebe & Ollie