Empty plates at Christmas please!

With Christmas fast approaching I suspect that many people will have already ordered their turkeys and started thinking about buying all of the trimmings.


While this year’s festive season will see many families struggling to make ends meet, the reality is that over the Christmas period millions of pounds worth of food still goes to waste.

However, with a little planning, it is possible to reduce the volume of food wasted and also cut down on the associated packaging that goes with it. The Love Food Hate Waste website, for instance, provides some handy tips on how to slash wastage, which includes recipe ideas to use up any leftovers from the Christmas dinner.

Simple steps such as buying fruit and vegetables loose without the packaging; planning shopping carefully in advance rather than panic buying a few days before the holidays; avoiding “buy one get one free” offers; cooking sensible portion sizes; and using up leftovers for a spare meal can go a long way towards reducing food waste and also save the shopper money.

Considering how tight many people’s finances are at the moment, but especially over the festive season when there is added pressure to spend on food and presents, it doesn’t really make much sense wasting such large volumes of food. You might as well just set light to the money.

Nick Warburton

Topics: Waste & resource management
Tags: | food | Food waste | packaging | planning
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