Food waste affects our environment in many ways.
We may not think about this but water, energy and fuel used in manufacturing and cooking food produce harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming and climate change.
In addition, some products that get lost or damaged during transportation and storage may leak and pollute the environment.
Food that ends up in landfill will decompose over time but, as it breaks down without access to oxygen, it will produce harmful methane gas.
Research reveals that around 61% of British consumers are anxious about the environmental impact of food waste, with almost 7 million tonnes coming from our households every year.
If we all stopped throwing away food that is still edible, we could save the equivalent of 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to Love Food Hate Waste.
We cannot cut back on the amount of food we have already wasted, but we can take measures to prevent food waste in the future. Using resealable packaging that extends product shelf time by keeping it fresher for longer is one way forward.
Reseal-it® is an innovative labelling system from Macfarlane Labels that allows products to be opened and closed up to 25 times. It does not require additional packaging such as cling film or food bags, which reduces the amount of environmental waste, cutting consumable costs for customers.
Recycling may help to protect the environment, but preventing food waste in the first place is much more effective.
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