Food waste at home: people “don’t know what to cook” 

People in the UK throw away almost £1.17 billion worth of fruits and vegetables every year, according to a poll carried out by Sainsbury’s1. Fruit and vegetable waste is a huge issue in the UK, with households throwing away 4.4 million potatoes, 1.2 million tomatoes and 2.7 million carrots every day2.

This wastage has a serious impact on the planet. Because of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production, food waste is one of the key drivers of climate change. With most UK food waste happening at home (70%)2, it is key that everyone does their bit to avoid waste. 

On a positive note, it seems that many people are keen to turn a new leaf in 2022, with reducing food waste being one of the top 10 resolutions set this January, according to the Sainsbury’s poll. 

About 1 in 5 people polled say that they waste food because they “don’t know what to cook”. A similar number of people said that they could reduce their food waste if they knew more recipes. 

To help people use up vegetables lurking in the back of the fridge, we’ve pulled together a list of food rescue recipes that can be adapted depending on what you have available. You can find other resources to help you avoid food waste here.


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