5th July 2014
2nd January 2015

The website that aims to reduce food waste in the UK…

We often feel like a big problem needs a big solution, but when it comes to reducing the impact carbon emissions have on our planet, the little things we do can make a huge difference.

When we’re encouraged to live in a planet friendly way we can sometimes imagine the extremes, which makes it seem like a fairly undesirable prospect. We don’t always have the spare cash to make changes to our homes to make them more energy efficient and giving up soap, flat pack furniture and iPhones is not a practical way to live (you certainly couldn’t prize my iPhone away from me!).

But the very smart people at Sainsbury’s and Google have come up with a idea so simple it’s genius!

The Sainsbury’s Food Rescue! Click on the image below to get transported to the very well designed website.

This nifty little online tool allows you to search for recipes that will use up those tomatoes that are a bit too soft for your lunch time salad, those bananas that have gone brown and anything else lurking at the back of your fridge. You can even see where food is being rescued the most in Britain, as well as enjoy the little graphic at the top left which tells you how much food the project has helped to rescue so far!

The Sainsbury’s Food Rescue have estimated that the average family in the UK can throw away up to as much as £60 of food every month! £60! If that’s not enough of an incentive to be part of the project, then perhaps the following statistics will make you hover your mouse in their general direction…

  • An estimated 4.2 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK every year
  • If we stopped throwing good food away it would save the equivalent of at least 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide – the same as taking 1 in 4 cares off our roads!
  • As a nation we throw away over 43,000 tonnes of beef every year
  • Over 540,000 tonnes of bread is thrown away every year in the UK

It’s crazy right? The good people over at Love Food Hate Waste certainly think so, which is why they have also partnered with Sainsbury’s to help spread the word about food waste. Love Food Hate Waste have a great website filled with statistics about food wastage in the UK including the larger picture, because when we throw an apple in the bin, it’s not just an apple that’s being wasted, it’s also the packaging it came in, the fuels and supplies that were used to create the packaging and then there’s the fuels used in the transportation of the apple…the reasons to rescue food are endless and the impact on the environment is huge.

Here at Shaw Renewables we love this website and will definitely be using it to save food and cash.

My first search – Kale. It’s been hiding at the back of my fridge scaring me…Supermodels eat it apparently, which is why it’s in my fridge…right behind a chocolate cheesecake.