Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.
It's funny where a single thought can take you isn't it? As I scanned a jar of Manuka honey for a customer recently (in my other life as a sales assistant) I had to re-check that I'd done it right because it was so EXPENSIVE! I couldn't believe it cost that much for a small jar of honey.
Needless to say, Manuka honey doesn't pass through my till often but there's obviously a demand for it despite its price. I decided to find out what was so special about Manuka honey to warrant such a price tag but when I did I also discovered reasons (other than the price) not to choose it and so although it was the original trigger for this article, what I really want to talk about now is our own British honeybee and what we can do to help keep it.
Did you know? If the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 had used plastic carrier bags to carry their lunch in, there could be remnants of those bags still blowing around in the countryside today?
Were you aware that there's a floating 'island' of plastic out in the Pacific Ocean? It covers an area twice the size of the continental United States and it's increasing in size at an alarming rate. The vast soup of plastic is held in place by swirling undercurrents and it stretches across the Pacific, from about 500 miles off the Californian coast, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
If we composted all the suitable food waste produced by UK households, we could avoid the equivalent of 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
When waste is sent to landfill air can't get to the organic waste, therefore as the waste breaks down it creates harmful greenhouse gases (Methane).
However, when this same waste is composted above ground at home, oxygen helps the waste to decompose aerobically which means hardly any methane is produced.