Scotland has a target of reducing food waste by 33% by 2025. Food waste is a global problem with an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food being wasted every year. This is around one third for all that is produced for human consumption, and it is generating about 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Taking time to plan and reduce food waste is also good for your financial wellbeing and can help you save money. Scotland throws away 630,000 tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year and most of this could have been eaten. This waste costs us over £1 billion a year, or £470 for the average household. By planning our shopping and by using recipes that are out there to help use leftovers we can all help to reduce the size of our food waste mountain! From stovies to over-ripe banana loaf, there are plenty of really tasty things you can make with food that might seem past its best.