As a nation, we love our food; an endless succession of best-selling books, popular magazines and prime-time TV programmes testify to the fact.
Estimates by WRAP, the Government’s waste advisory body, tell us that around 7 million tonnes of food from UK households is thrown out. The waste from our fridges and cupboards represents some £8 billion in value – that’s the equivalent of 24 meals per month – and represents a huge environmental impact and massive landfill costs. Alarmingly, it’s calculated that 60% of this waste could be consumed.
In contrast, rising numbers of individuals, groups and families on low incomes are unable to afford ‘healthy’ foods. The Trussell Trust reports a growing use of foodbanks by struggling and vulnerable people. Whatever the causes – shrinking public services, benefit reforms, and changing demographics resulting in lower levels of nutritional awareness and kitchen skills – the dichotomy between waste and want is unacceptable.
Food prices have been rising inexorably for a number of years. The current (Jan 2015) reductions in fuel costs may afford some respite, but no-one seriously questions the overall upward trend.
The lovefoodhatewaste.com website emphasises the importance of making the most of the food we buy, and the advent of re-sealable packaging has helped in this respect.
The packaging concept is designed to provide the customer with a pack that can be easily opened and reclosed. This is achieved by a patented label system combined with a micrometre-precision cutting technique that helps identify product tampering.
The growing number of Reseal-it® users includes leading manufacturers of cooked meats, cheese, coffee, biscuits and cookies, prepared fruit products, confectionery and savoury snacks.