Waving goodbye to holiday food waste

Our research has found that people in Britain throw away £500 Million worth of edible food when heading off on holiday each year, and £12 million worth of food ends up in the bin in the first week of the summer holiday alone. While the amounts of food we individually waste might seem small, it all adds up and food waste accounts for 11% of global emissions. 

#TravellersCheck is a food waste busting campaign that helps households to use their food before travelling in three easy steps. 

1) Check in with your freezer

If you have found yourself in a flummox about freezing, our research to help debunk common freezer myths will see you right. Many more foods can be frozen than you might think, including milk, cheese, bread, eggs, vegetables and herbs. Find out more using this guide to freezer friendly foods. 

2) Check in with your neighbours

81% of us would be happy to receive food from a neighbour, so why not give your neighbours a farewell gift and avoid food waste at the same time? Sharing food is easier than you thought! Download our postcard to gift food to a neighbour, or get connected with a sharing app such as Olio. Some foods can also be shared at a Community Fridge if you have one locally.

3) Make a homecoming meal

For anything that won’t freeze up ice-ly, consider cooking yourself a homecoming meal. Try our favourite recipes for those odds and ends lurking in your fridge. 

How can you get involved?

If you have a food saving recipe, tip or hack to share, tag it #TravellersCheck. If your organisation could be part of the solution, contact [email protected]  

Looking for more holiday tips? Check out these five ways to have a more sustainable holiday, so you can kick back and enjoy a break that’s good for the planet, as well as the soul.