UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis

When I first saw the headline from the UNEP report that 931 million tonnes of food is wasted a year, I was happy! In 2011, an FAO report said it was 1.3 BILLION tonnes. But then I read closer – it was because the UNEP report did not include farm-level food waste, and the FAOContinue reading “UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis”

Why food waste is a feminist issue

I want to offer two disclaimers for this blog: firstly, it is entirely heteronormative and cis-centric. Food waste studies have only recently begun factoring in gender at all, let alone all the complexities and multifaceted experiences that come with gender and sexuality. Frustratingly there is also insufficient research into the intersection of race, class andContinue reading “Why food waste is a feminist issue”

Seven sustainable food waste solutions

Sustainability should be accessible for everyone! It shouldn’t take extra money, energy or time to be sustainable. Currently it does. We live in an unsustainable society, so being good for the planet is hard. It’s hard not to fly because trains are expensive and take a longer time; it’s hard to buy clothes without humanContinue reading “Seven sustainable food waste solutions”

Secret supermarket food waste

I was staggered when I read that supermarkets are making millions of pounds a year off food waste that we, their consumers, produce. Then I reread it – it is actually BILLIONS. At the top of the food chain, Tesco makes a £4bn profit each year from the food wasted in homes. Moreover, food businessesContinue reading “Secret supermarket food waste”

Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets

Do we have the right food waste targets? Why does it matter? In my previous blog ‘What is food waste?’ I explored how food waste is defined, who comes up with the definitions, and what impact this could have on policy. Since then, I have read Feedback’s (strangely named) report “When there’s no waste, there’sContinue reading “Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets”

Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021

Image by Erin Chapman I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In December 2020 and January 2021: The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published it Sixth Carbon Budget on how the UK can reach net zero by 2050, including targetsContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021”

Food waste as art: Part 2

Can food waste be beautiful? This question was posed by a Your Story contributor and inspired the first blog on ‘Food waste as art’ back in September, where I explored how artists have captured the morbidly fascinating process of decay. It turns out that creating art from food waste is not a rare phenomenon, andContinue reading “Food waste as art: Part 2”

How fridges make us waste food

How do fridges increase food waste? Look at that unassuming white box in your kitchen. What would you ever do without it? The cool saviour of your leftover pizza, the treasure chest of treats, the preserver of your daily nourishment. Yet your fridge may be hindering your efforts to reduce food waste. Fridges were initiallyContinue reading “How fridges make us waste food”

Homemade coffee scrub without coconut oil

Transform your used coffee grounds into a sensational face and body scrub. This makes a great zero-waste, sustainable gift – just in time for Christmas! This post was inspired by the Food Waste Story by Sicily Fiennes of the Climate Collective. Coconut oil may clog drains as it solidifies at room temperature. If you wantContinue reading “Homemade coffee scrub without coconut oil”