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Stop Food Waste Day

April 29, 2020

Today, 29th April 2020, we are raising awareness and celebrating a Stop Food Waste Day!

As a chain of sustainable conference venues, we’d like to share a few facts why we all should make an effort to reduce our food waste, we can all make a difference, especially while on lockdown and stuck indoors. It’s not that difficult to try and makes a massive difference for our environment! #StopFoodWasteDay

Here are a few facts, which will hopefully encourage you to think twice:

  • When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
  • The global food system is responsible for up to one third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the largest contributors to climate change
  • Growing and transporting the food that goes to waste emits as much carbon pollution as 39 million passenger vehicles.
  • 25% of all fresh water supply is used to grow the food that ends up in waste
  • The volume of food waste generated in the retail supply chain, the hospitality sector and events industry from conference centres and events venues to sporting stadiums and outdoor festivals is approximately 9.5 million tonnes of food waste per year
  • Individual households in UK waste approximately 4.5 million tonnes of food waste per year
  • According to 38 page report from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) UK households waste is worth close to £14 bn, which amounts to £700 per average family with children
  • Household food waste represents 70% of all food waste triggered after the food has been grown or produced, with potatoes the single most wasted food.
  • Almost one billion hungry people could be full and fed from a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US and Europe.
  • It is predicted that earth population with increase by 2.3 billion people by 2050 – this will require a 60-70% increase in global food production. Wouldn’t it be smarter, easier and cheaper to stop wasting food?!

Now that all restaurants, conference centres, event venues, sporting stadiums and concert halls are closed and are not producing any food waste, it’s down to individual households to make a step towards reducing our carbon footprint and helping the environment. You can start by only buying what you need and trying to eat any leftovers first before starting a new meal. Also, try to use as much food as you can before your next food shop.. not too hard is it?

We all need to make an effort and offer a helping hand to our poor planet suffering from our actions more and more every day, we won’t get a second chance!

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