The recent new report from the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) gave many of us an unpleasant reminder of just how much good food is going to waste in our society. According to WRAP’s report, there were an estimated 7.2 million tonnes of household food waste in the UK in 2010. This is equivalent to a shocking 1 in every 5 bags of shopping being simply thrown away.
The good news is this figure is down from the 8.3 million tonnes previously recorded, but we think it’s still an awful lot of food going to waste. And it’s not just food we’re wasting – this habit is costing each family on average £800 a year.
But what can be done to help us stop wasting our food – and our money?
One small but effective action would be to use glass more often for food and drink packaging. Why is this? Because glass is inert, it means that, unlike other packaging materials, it acts as a natural barrier to bacteria and contains no chemical preservatives, artificial flavourings or additives. It’s also virtually impermeable to oxygen, which means it keeps food and drink fresher and fuller of their natural vitamins and minerals for longer. Glass is also easy to clean, sterilise and re-use, so it can store products again and again.
Over half of the consumers surveyed in a recent major research study thought that glass preserved the taste of food and drink the best. 48% of those questioned also stated that health and safety was the main factor behind choosing glass as their preferred packaging.
So if you want to reduce your own family’s food wastage and start saving money, begin with one simple change today and choose glass.
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