Food waste is one of the most avoidable environmental problems we face. Together we can take action and alleviate the strain that home food waste puts on our landfills and environment.

While the statistics around home food waste may seem bleak, there is hope in action and we believe that with simple, conscious changes, we can minimise food waste.

The whole team works hard to push Daylesford towards our goal of being a fully sustainable company everyday, ensuring we tread as lightly as we can on this planet whether by solar power or developments like our Zero Waste Pantry

These tips and ideas will help along your journey towards sustainability and zero food waste, to make it easier to make positive changes when shopping and cooking.

REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR, RECYCLE, REHOME, ROT

Try to make these actions part of everyday life – find out how we implement these principles in our farmshops at Daylesford here.

WHIZZ UP A SMOOTHIE

Smoothies are an excellent way to clear out the fridge and rescue ingredients that might be a little past their best. Fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, salad leaves, milk, yoghurt and even grains can be popped in the blender to create a nutritious drink at breakfast or snack time. 

STORE CORRECTLY

Read the labels on packets and look up how fresh ingredients are best stored to ensure they last as long as possible. Leafy greens like to be stored upright with their stalks in water; potatoes prefer the dark; tomatoes hate the fridge; fresh herbs like light and water; avocados are happiest in a paper bag. 

FREEZE IT

Freezing is a great way to preserve food you don’t need right away – from leftover meals to sliced bread, milk, hard cheeses, egg whites, berries and vegetables. 

SUPER SOUPS & STEWS

Healthy, delicious and affordable, soups and stews were traditionally made with odds and ends around the kitchen. Combine vegetables that are on the turn with stock, lentils, grains and cheaper cuts of meat to create whole meals. 

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN

Make time to plan your meals every week and always write a shopping list that you stick to. Start with what you already have in the cupboards or fridge, and choose recipes based on these ingredients. Don’t buy more than you need or be tempted by special offers. 

CREATE COMPOST

Composting not only helps turn waste into something useful, but will help our soil, our insect life and consequently the health of our planet. Find out more here.

LOVE YOUR LOAF

Bread is our most needlessly wasted product. Don’t contribute to the 24 million slices the UK throws away every single day. Freeze it and defrost a slice at a time; whizz it into breadcrumbs; turn into a delicious pudding; make croutons; take sandwiches to work. 

IGNORE ‘BEST-BEFORE’

While ‘use-by’ dates should be kept in mind, especially for high-risk foods like meat, ‘best before’ dates are only a guide for retailers and relate to the quality of food which is best before a certain date. Use your own judgement and don’t throw away food which could be perfectly edible and delicious. 

SHARE AND DONATE

Sign up to collection schemes to give away your leftovers to those in need. From fresh items to long life you can donate regularly or once in a while.

EMBRACE UGLY FOOD

There’s nothing wrong with wonky or blemished fruit and vegetables. Simply peel or chop out the bit you don’t want to cook with and use the rest. 

LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS

Don’t throw away leftovers – pack them into the freezer, enjoy them for lunch the following day or create completely new dishes from them. 

Implementing small changes can help you work towards reducing home food waste and become environmentally friendly through what you consume and how you shop. For more ideas, read our tips for a plastic free kitchen. Let’s make positive changes for the future together.