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UK households save £300 million worth of food waste
According to WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), new figures revealed this week show that since the launch of their Love Food Hate Waste campaign back in 2007, almost two million more households in the UK have saved money by cutting back on throwing food away.
This increase in public awareness resulted in an overall saving of 296 million a year, saving 137,000 tonnes of food from being thrown away and a reduction of 600,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases emissions, which is, according to WRAP , "the same carbon impact as taking 100,000 return flights to Australia out of the skies."
WRAP's research identified some of the main reasons why households feel they are cutting back on waste, these include:
- Becoming better at planning meals so that food isn't wasted (37%)
- Becoming better at using up food that is already in the fridge or cupboard before buying new food (31%)
- Becoming better at measuring the correct portion sizes so that we don't cook too much (22%)
- Becoming better at using our freezers (20%)
Not only is this great news for WRAP and the country as a whole, it is great news for 'Count On It' food freshness labels as they also contribute towards the reduction in food waste by giving households an easy method of tracking the freshness of their food, helping them get the most of their food.
By simply peeling off, sticking on and scratching off the date of opening or storing, Count On It food freshness labels let households know exactly how long food has been stored, helping them get even better at using up the food they already have, whilst getting more out of their food and wasting less of it.
Count On It ... to save time, money and waste.
For more information on WRAP's report visit, www.wrap.org.uk.
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