As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2 billion tonnes – ends up as waste every year, according to the recent report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In Britain alone, we waste a quarter of all the food we buy. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) calculates that the typical British household could save £50 a month by minimising its food waste. The good news is that by choosing and using glass containers for the food you buy and store, you’ll have a helping hand in achieving that!
Here are 5 suggestions how glass can be a friend when it comes to reducing food waste and saving money:
1. Have you got a garden full of apple trees? Make sure you don’t waste any of them! Get into the kitchen and make your own chutney and jams. Glass is inert, which means that, unlike other packaging materials, it acts as a natural barrier to bacteria and contains no chemical preservatives, artificial flavourings or additives.
2. Love your leftovers; get creative making meals from what you have in the kitchen. Why not use up all those remaining veggies and cook some lovely Chicken Noodle Soup in a jar. Glass is non-reactive and a great protector of food and drink.
3. Think glass jars when you shop. Did you know that glass is virtually impermeable to oxygen, which means it keeps food and drink fresher for longer?
4. Savvy storage – get into the habit of putting your nuts and raisins into airtight containers such as glass jars. Glass is easy to clean, sterilise and re-use, so it can store products again and again.
5. Bought too much food? Why not create a recipe in a jar and give it your colleagues, neighbours or friends. Here is a brilliant Pie in Jar recipe to get you started!
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