Sainsbury’s Food Waste Report alarming

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UK households generate 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste each year

4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste is being created each year by UK households and according to the new report, our latest ‘foodie’ habits could be the reason.

The study, which was carried out by Sainsbury’s, looked at the food waste habits of 5,000 people and discovered that our desire to experiment with different ingredients, is turning us into a nation of food wasters.

4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste is being created each year by UK households

Sainsbury’s Food Waste Report alarming

Our love for exploring new-found ‘foodie’ trends has played a huge role in the amount of food being wasted. A staggering 86% of UK householders admitted that they bought ingredients to make one specific recipe, knowing they would find it difficult to use up what was left.

And what’s even more alarming, is that only 3% of us believe that there’s any stigma attached to throwing away unwanted food.

According to the report, people don’t realise that by changing the way they think and shop, such as making a shopping list, planning meals in advance and freezing left-over food, huge savings could be made and as a result, less waste created.

The report found that 70% of us don’t think that simply writing a shopping list could save us money, even though people that do make a list, spend £145 less on their annual food bill than those who don’t!

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