FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. HomeDo somethingTop tipsRecipesBlogIdeas bankCollaborate Food Our good food guide Choosing what to eat can feel like navigating a mine field. A daily barrage of marketing leads to confusion over what’s healthy, how much we should pay and who to trust. What’s right for the plan-et can barely get a look in amidst the throng of competing info. The good news is that what’s right for the planet is fairly simple and small. Cheap and delicious changes can make a radical difference daily. So, take shelter from the marketing storm and join us for Hubbub’s six principles for good food. Prefer to watch? Check out our 6 top tips for good food Vlog. 1) Harness the power of plants Despite the UK’s 5-a-day messaging our consumption of fruit and veg has actually fallen in recent years. Why? Plants have had little PR and been squeezed to the margins amid a food marketing throng. We implore you to trust in the time old power of plants. They have a lighter footprint than much of what lines our shelves, are packed with vitamins, minerals, and sneakily, a whole load of hidden protein. Tinned and frozen fruit and veg often make for cheaper options and are just as good for you. 2) Eat less, but better meat It's no secret that meat is a key contributor to global emissions - going veg is a great way to slash your impact, but it doesn't mean you have to cut it completely if going T-total is not your thing. There's a huge amount you can do to make a difference daily. Try the 5-2 approach where you eat meat twice a week, reframe your meals so that vegetables and grains take centre stage - think stir fry, sushi, moussaka, pie, - or simply try subbing half of the meat in your lasagna, chili or Bolognese with veg or pulses. Download our meat light versions of the nations favourite dishes recipe book. Whatever change you make will have mileage as 1 less burger a week is the same as taking a car off the road for 320 miles. If you do buy meat, go for the best quality you can afford. Organic meat is not only free from chemical inputs, it indicates high animal welfare too. The Freedom Food certification makes a good second choice. For seafood, take a look at the Good Fish Guide. 3) Eat seasonally and locally Eating seasonally is usually cheaper and foods certainly taste better in season too. It’s not only fruit and veg that have seasons, meat, cheese and fish also reach their prime at differ-ent times of the year. Eat Seasonably have a great guide to UK produce. Buying locally may not always be the most energy efficient option, but it does help to support local producers and provide you with an opportunity to connect with your food, the benefits of which are bountiful. 4) Waste less, Save more There’s no two ways about it, food prices are rising so it’s important for all of us to get thrifty and make the most of the food that we have. At Hubbub we’ve got tonnes of tips for making the most of your food, from planning to storage, cooking with leftovers, to cooking with fussy kids. We’ve also got a range of replicable campaigns to help you to make the most of your food at times of the year when food waste rises. And if you do have food that fit to eat but you’re not going to then you can donate it to a growing network of Community Fridges around the UK. Take a peek. 5) Be the (wo)man with a plan Planning your meals means you’ll waste less and make the most of your time in the kitchen. Shop with a list, only bulk buy items that you know you’ll use again, batch cook and get friendly with your freezer. Running a tight ship in the kitchen will help you to save food, fuel, time and money. Here’s a simple guide to getting your food plans in shape. 6) Buy certified Whether it's coffee, tea, fish or bananas, buying certified means you’ll know which, if any, fertilis-ers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides are being used and that the people producing it are getting a fair wage. Trusted certifications include MSC, ASC, Freedom Foods, Fairtrade, Organic, UTZ. Bon Apetit! Got a tip that we’ve missed? Let us know your route to good food for you and planet.