5 Small Steps To Reduce Food Waste

April 27, 2021
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April 28th is Stop Food Waste Day, an international day of action in the fight against food waste. 

It was launched in 2017 by Compass Group and encourages consumers, influencers and companies to work together to raise awareness and inspire change. 

Global food waste is a huge problem and there are so many small steps we can take to reduce our food waste at home. We wanted to share some food waste statistics and 5 steps to help reduce food waste.

Food Waste Statistics 

  • 33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted every year. 
  • 45% of root crops, fruit and vegetables produced globally is lost or wasted per year. 
  • 25% of the wasted food globally could feed all 795 million undernourished people across the world. 
  • 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions each year are due to food waste. 

Check use-by dates 
You should focus more on this date rather than the best before and don’t buy anything that you won’t use before this date. 

Meal plan 

Plan out your weekly meals before doing your food shop and watch yourself save a tonne of money and food waste in the long run. 

Freeze leftovers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Don’t be afraid to pop your leftovers in the freezer, it will come in handy when you’re back in the office and are too wrecked to make fresh lunches everyday. Making meals in bulk and freezing them is also a great way to reduce food waste and save yourself a lot of time.


If you do end up with food scraps, home composting is a great way to dispose of them. Check out our recent blog post on Composting 101

Blend it 

If you don’t think you’ll have time to eat it, blend it into a smoothie so you can have it on the go. This is the best way to make use of leftover fruit and veg! 

Check out StopFoodWasteDay.com and StopFoodWaste.ie for more information. They have a huge range of resources from virtual events, weekly meal planners and loads of tasty recipes. 

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