Top Tip Number 9

Christmas can become expensive, so be kind to your purse and reduce your food waste

Some crazy facts to send your way ...

Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste.

The annual value of food wasted globally is $1 trillion, and it weighs 1.3 billion tonnes.

All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.

An area larger than China is used to grow food that is never eaten.

25% of the world’s fresh water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten.

In most developed countries, over half of all food waste takes place in the home.

In the home food waste is worth £800 per year to the average UK family ($2,275 in the USA), which collectively adds up to £15 billion per year.

Wondering how to help?

DON'T FORGET TO EAT YOUR LEFTOVERS!

One simple way to beat the waste is to plan your meals for the week and only buy the ingredients you know you need. If you do have leftovers and aren't sure when you'll eat them pop them in the freezer for a rainy day. You never know when they'll come in handy. A meal plan for the week does take some thought and extra prep time, but the planet and your bank balance will thank you!

GET CREATIVE WITH THE RANDOM INGREDIENTS IN YOUR FRIDGE

We all end up with weeks where all you've got left is a leek, a bit of celery, 3 questionble cherry tomates and a bit of fish. Brit Co have a great article recommending various food apps that can help you use up your leftovers in tasty ways.

DONATE TO FOOD BANKS AND FARMS

Before you throw away excess food, look into food banks and charities where you can bring items you know you're not going to consume before they go bad, and give them to people in need. You can also donate scraps and other types of food to farms and companies to feed livestock.

East Yorkshire food bank do an incredible job with plenty of local donation points. We'll be finding out a little more from Annmarie Foster who runs the Hull branch of the charity over on our InstaStories today.

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