Team Lopez - The UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week is taking place this week from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021.
It is a great opportunity to demonstrate the impact of wasted food on people, on business, and on the planet. Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and 70% of UK food waste occurs in our homes. 20 million slices of bread are thrown away at home in the UK every single day - if we all stopped wasting bread at home for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.
Supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and led by Waste and Resources Action Programme organisation (WRAP), the week will explore the practical ways in which we can drive down the amount of food we waste and look at why through every avenue – whether you’re a citizen, business or organisation – wasting food makes no sense. The week will set the nation a challenge to reduce the amount of edible food wasted in our homes to as close to zero as possible, with a programme of activities dedicated to offering simple tips and proven strategies to cut waste.
Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, will be participating in the challenge throughout the week and will be sharing updates across her social media channels. We encourage everyone to get involved and take part in the challenge, with simple actions such as checking your fridge temperature, using a portion planner, and trying out new recipes to use up leftovers. For further information can be viewed in the attached leaflet.