Why should you reduce your food waste?

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Why does food waste matter? Did you know that the average household throws away the equal amount of eight meals a week. A shocking amount of roughly 70% of the UK’s household creates 6.6 million tonnes of food waste every year; this generates to the amount of £14 billion.

Of that, 4.5 million tonnes is food that could have been eaten. This amount of household food waste alone creates 14 million tonnes of CO2 alone. The same amount of greenhouse gas made from flying from London to Perth more than 4.5 million times.

Around the world around a third of all food produced is lost or wasted, which creates between 8 and 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

The process in producing our food adds to 30% of our global greenhouse gases, that's more than all commercial flights combined.

Alone if food waste was a country it would measure up to the third-biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China. There are small changes that you could make to transform this. In just an average UK household, if everyone stopped wasting food for one day, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 640,000 trees per day (around 230 million per year).

There are everyday items that if not wasted and consumed correctly could make a huge difference. Below is a table that shows the amount of food items wasted a day and what the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions could have been used to plant trees per year.

Food items per day - Amount of trees per year

280 tonnes of poultry - 6.6 trees million

3.1 million glasses of milk - 6 million trees

4.4 million potatoes - 5.4 million trees

20 millions slices of bread - 5.3 million trees

The dilemma of wasted food isn't just a social or philanthropic concern, it's an environmental one. Wasted food is not only just throwing away the food, it's also abandoning the amount of wasted energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. Not only does that end the journey of the amount of greenhouse gas that has unnecessarily been added to the environment. The food that goes to the landfill and rots, produces methane, a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. If we became more conscious 6%-8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could easily be reduced.

How EdiBee is helping others reduce food waste

At EdiBee we have dedicated our mission to have fun with food, explore foods and become more food conscious. In the spirit of becoming more aware we have a variety of products that are Eco friendly and can help reduce your own carbon footprint. Our new food plate & bowl covers help reuse food and save it for later. We also provide a weekly service of school meals that will help you not have to worry or stress about planning ahead any healthy nutritious school meals. Both of these methods can help decrease your own amount of food waste.

Saving the world and reducing the amount of waste added to the environment is an important cause to us. The average pack lunch box doesn't come with containers that cut down the amount of cling film used. Plastic can harm our precious environment and be lethal to wildlife. Education secretary Damian Hinds said that he wants schools to phase out plastic. Schools have been told to eliminate all single-use plastics by 2022. At Edibee we provide a school lunch box that comes with 3 separate compartments to eliminate the use of wrapping each item in cling film.

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