Waste Not Want Not

LFHW_Leeds_22Do you ever think about baby elephants?

I’m guessing probably not, but did you know in Leeds the average household wastes 104kg of food per year which is the same weight as said baby elephant?

In the UK, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes each year. Thinking globally, our population will increase by 6.5 billion to 9 billion by 2050 so we know that there will be demand on resources, especially food. A lot of that wasted food ends up in landfill, rotting and releasing CO2 in to the atmosphere.

In Leeds we’ve been working with Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) as part of their 10 cities project to ensure that food is tasted and not wasted. At Asda, we’re working as partners alongside LFHW, Leeds University and Leeds City Council to help people start thinking and acting on these famous 5 tips to reducing food waste:

  • Savvy storageLFHW_Leeds_25
  • Perfect portion sizes
  • Know your dates
  • Love your left overs
  • Planning ahead

LFHW has been holding some great sessions to help people become food champions. These sessions could be held in your workplace or your community giving practical examples showing how the 5 tips can transform the way people use food and save money too. ASDA Community Life

Our Community Life Champions work in the local community supporting good causes, charities and volunteering. They’ve championed LFHW in schools using our schools toolkit, teaching local children about portioning, storing food in the right places and how to get the best out of your food. Most recently the Asda team went to Shakespeare primary in Leeds to deliver LFHW lessons to over 300 pupils – a fun but busy day for all!

We’re proud to be supporting the Leeds Food and Drink Festival for the fourth year showcasing everything that our region has to offer. The month long showcase will end with a 3 day event running daily from the 5-7 June in Millennium Square, Leeds city centre. At Asda we’re passionate about food so this year our stand will be all about helping you get the most out of what you buy. Come along for some top tips on getting the best out of your ingredients, food waste games for those big and small, try your hand at our smoothie bike and watch some great demos of scrummy recipes to use up your leftovers. So help us make a difference to that baby elephant worth of food waste.

Come and join Leeds City Council, Asda and Love Food Hate Waste at the Leeds Food and Drink Festival on the 5-7 June and have a chat with us.  Or, if you fancy becoming a workplace or community Food Champion, email: Cheryl.Woodruff@wrap.org.uk

Laura Babb

Laura Babbs is the Sustainability Manager at Asda responsible for implementing the sustainability strategy, particularly working with Asda’s suppliers and customers. In her spare time she likes dancing and cooking but isn’t particularly good at either.

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