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  • Food waste facts - the bigger picture

    I've been thinking about the future a lot recently - what will happen if we don't take real concerted action on food waste in the UK and globally?Demand on resources - like food - will be exacerbated by a projected increase in global population from 6.5 billion today to 9 billion by 2050, as well as 3 billion new middle class consumers by 2030.Current trends mean we are likely to need 60% more...
  • Meal planning - quite a revelation!

    One of our key LFHW tips to reduce food waste and save money is to meal plan! Now I have to be honest, meal planning is something that I’ve never been too good at. I’ve always written a shopping list, and always used what I have at home to cobble something together for dinner each night. But, the weekend before last something changed for me! Every Saturday I go to my local town to buy my fruit...
  • When I met Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty!

    And a trip to the end of the Pier!A few months ago Jamie Oliver’s team called asking me to pop down to Southend for a chat about food waste as they were filming the new series of Friday Night Feast and wanted to focus on tackling this huge global issue head on.We’ve been supporting Jamie and his team for a while now with evidence and insights into what food is wasted and why, as like me and Love...
  • Saving money on your New Year's Eve party

    New Year's Eve is a great time to raid the fridge, freezer and cupboards and wow friends, family and even yourself with how delicious party nibbles really can come from leftovers, forgotten foods and simply anything you have in the house. If you're having a party and don't have much food around, why not ask friends to bring anything they won't eat along and get inventive!So, here are my 10...
  • Talking turkey

    Whilst doing a bit of research on the classic Christmas food that is the Turkey I discovered more facts about turkeys than I knew could possible exist. Rather than keep them all to myself I thought I'd share the 5 best with you along with our top 5 turkey recipes. So if you're one of the 76% of households eating turkey this year read on...Last Christmas saw the UK consuming approximately 10...
  • Dreaming of a food waste free Christmas

    Christmas is coming and I've already spotted the 'just in case' impulse buys at the supermarket. From the bags of nuts which will inevitably end up fusty and unloved and in the bottom of the bin come January. To the novelty packs of snacks that get opened once and then pushed to the back of the cupboard until they're discovered this time next year.Today I've been trying to plan what we're having...
  • Are you having a Waste Free Lunch?

    As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), taking place from the 22nd to the 30th November, we’re all being encouraged to have a Waste Free Lunch.To help you plan your lunch here are a couple of tips and some of our favourite lunch recipes to get your taste buds going:Our top tips:Instead of using disposable plates and cutlery why not get out some of the lovely old plates that most...
  • Yep...thinking of Christmas already...

    So I'm ashamed to admit it but I'm already thinking about Christmas. I thought we were cooking for 5 but all of a sudden we're now talking about 12 - time to get savvy with my meagre funds this year and complete lack of time. I want to make life as simple as possible in the run-up to the big day.I definitely can't afford to waste money and I know that I won't have time to go Christmas browsing...
  • It's world food day - what will you do to make a difference?

    what will I be doing this World food Day? Well, I will be spending today in Cardiff speaking at our annual conference in Wales talking all things behaviour change and food waste. Encouraging as many people and organisations to spread the word and make a difference. The theme of World Food Day #WFD2014 this year is family farmers - feeding the world and caring for the earth. Did you know......
  • Household food waste: a people perspective

    Emma Marsh, 13 Oct 2014, Comments: 1
    We've just published fascinating new insights in a new report exploring the relationship between how much good food and drink gets thrown away from our homes in the UK and who is doing it and why.It's fascinating stuff. The key thing is that it's not about blame - but about trying to understand the factors that can lead us to throw good food away and then trying to remove anything in...
  • UNEP Launches School Food Waste Competition

    Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems. Almost half of this quantity is the result of consumers and businesses in industrialized regions discarding food that is fit for consumptionThis equates to over 1.3 billion tonnes of food - enough to feed the estimated 870 million people who are going hungry each day.Love...
  • A weekend of rescuing food!

    So this weekend started as any other, until Saturday morning when my bare feet stepped into a freezing cold puddle where there shouldn't have been one.Yep, the electric had gone off overnight and the freezer had defrosted.Now I'd been planning on defrosting the freezer anyway but not quite like this and most definitely not the food as well. All those single portions of leftovers which I'd...
  • Thinking about Zero Waste Week next week...prompted by the arrival of a new food waste themed cookbook

    Mark your calendars and starting thinking of what you'll do, to #DoOneThingDifferently!1-7 September is “Zero Waste Week”. Now in its 7th year, and the goal is to raise awareness of and to spread the word about waste and what we can do, as both individuals and as part of the community. The theme for the week is “one thing you can do!” which times in wonderfully with the Love Food Hate Waste...
  • All things growing your own

    So those of you who are regular visitors to this blog know that I'm a bit of a grow your own fanatic. As it's a Friday and tomorrow I plan to be on my allotment all day I thought I'd post a blog in gardening's honour!Sometimes I succeed often I'll fail but nothing has ever stopped me getting excited about seeing seedlings come through and when those seedlings turn into real life actual vegetables...
  • In honour of the Great British Bake Off - a fact I never knew...

    I was reading the Guardian this weekend when something leapt out that really surprised me...Apparently - according to a Mintel survey - people aged 25-34 bake at home the most with a whopping 40% baking from scratch once a week.Now that's interesting but not actually that surprising.The thing that I was really interested in was the next sentence...only one third of over 65s said they had baked...
  • Love Food Hate Waste 10 cities on tour...

    So the Love Food Hate Waste tour is well and truly underway. Nottingham yesterday. Liverpool today. Manchester tomorrow.Nottingham was amazing - the team spoke to hundreds of people all wanting to make their pledge to #DoOneThingDifferently.Loads of families came to join the team, we were there with Nottingham City Council and in particular Cllr Alan Clark.We had healthy fruit and vegetable...
  • Wow it's been a busy old month but here's some fabulous Friday recipes...

    Well firstly apologies for being away for so long. This month has been incredibly busy and exciting with the first of our 10 city launches in Birmingham last week, three more next week and culminating at the end of September. The full list of dates and locations can be found here.We've also just published our brand new 'Save More' pack which is free to download by anyone in the UK to run sessions...
  • Just one jar of passata...

    Emma Marsh, 2 Jul 2014, Comments: 3
    So...confessional time. Last night I had to throw away half a jar of passata. Gutted! There it was sitting on its own at the back of fridge feeling neglected and lonely behind the veg I'd shoved in in haste earlier in the week. So I forgot about it.And now it's gone to waste.This morning I was thinking how appropriate our new call to action is #DoOneThingDifferently. Essentially there are...
  • At last I can talk about '10 cities'...and what one thing will you do right to make a difference?

    Emma Marsh, 23 Jun 2014, Comments: 4
    Hurrah! At last I can talk about the 10 cities we're taking Love Food Hate Waste to over the next 18 months. We've been beavering away in the background meeting with our Local Authority colleagues in each city as well as the major retailers who have pledged their support in different cities of the UK.So, in alphabetical order....BelfastBirminghamCardiffGlasgowGreater ManchesterLeedsLiverpool City...
  • Sainsbury’s to the Food Rescue

    Vik from Love Food Hate Waste, 5 Jun 2014, Comments: 1
    Our research has shown that one of the main reasons that we throw away food from our homes is because we don’t get around to eating it before it’s gone past its best! We all do it from time to time, we buy food and then our plans change, we’re invited out for dinner, we don’t fancy the foods we’ve bought...sometimes (or most of the time in my house) we end up with a random mix of ingredients...

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