Christmas is known to be the season for piling on the calories and over-indulging on festive delights. However, a new report reveals that the UK’s shopping and eating habits are equating to £16 billion of food waste. What’s even more shocking is that £485 million of that is during Christmas week alone!
With shoppers frivolously overspending in the festive season, Brits end up wasting an incredible amount of food, with Northern Ireland and secondly South East England being the biggest culprits.
Northern Ireland are the biggest offenders for food waste
The study reveals that Northern Ireland waste the most amount of food not only at Christmas but also throughout the year. Over the Christmas week, the UK wastes over £485 million of food, contributing to 3% to the yearly cost of food waste.
When it comes to the rest of the year, food waste costs the UK a whopping £16 billion annually. Northern Ireland once again takes the title, throwing out a fifth of their purchased food every week.
Northern Ireland are the biggest Christmas eaters
Champagne and chocolate for breakfast, mid-morning mince pies, followed by the big Christmas dinner, then an afternoon selection box and mulled wine. It’s hard not to believe that Christmas is the season for eating excess.
Not only do Northern Ireland waste the most amount of food during the Christmas period, they also consume the most at Christmas.
Top tips to reduce food waste this Christmas
1. Don't over buy. Write a list before you go shopping and never enter a supermarket on an empty stomach. This planning will allow you to stay strict and only buy what you know you will use.
2. Check the use-by dates of fresh food. Try and get the longest date possible, allowing you more time to consume the product.
3. Plan ahead. Try and plan your meals for the week ahead. If possible also include meals made from any leftovers.
4. Freeze your food. Cooking fresh and freezing any food you will not use, is a great way to make food go further. Always make sure you follow advice though before freezing/ defrosting any food.
Full data can be seen at: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/
"Over the Christmas week, the UK wastes over 485 million of food"
New study reveals