Five Ideas… how to cut down food waste on your campus

Tuesday 01-09-2015 - 14:10

This year, we’re excited to partner with Love Food Hate Waste, helping students save money by cutting down on food waste.

Every month, most UK households waste £60 by buying food they end up throwing away. Taking simple actions to cut down on food waste is a great way to save some money as a student – and here’s five quick ideas to share over social media this week.

We’re also offering training on food waste in ten cities across the UK. Check the list at the bottom of the article to get involved.

1. Make shopping lists

Plan your meals and make a list before you go to the supermarket. If you know what you’re going to cook for your meals for a few days, and know what you need to make it, it’s much easier to stick to budget.

Most importantly of all: don’t go to the supermarket hungry. That’s a sure fire way to end up buying tons of things you don’t need, and might not eat.

2. Measure out your portions

Are you always cooking too much rice and throwing half of it away? So are a lot of people.

You don’t need to muck about with scales. Just use a mug. A quarter is what you need for one portion of rice, and a full one of pasta is good for one person too. Click here to help with portions for tonnes* of ingredients.

*General rule of thumb: don’t use an actual tonne of anything.

3. Use your leftovers

If you cook a little more than you need, pop it in some Tupperware in the fridge, and take it to uni the next day. This saves you time, and saves you cash as you’re not buying food out for lunch.

But it’s not just about entire meals. Think about how to use things up. Stale bread doesn’t go in the bin – it goes in a bread and butter pudding, or in soup as croutons, or on a pie as breadcrumbs!

Ask yourself before you throw things out: is this really waste?

4. Freeze stuff

The freezer is your pause button for food. If there’s something that’s about to go past its use-by date, just get it in the freezer. There’s nothing you can’t freeze, except soft cheese.

You can keep it there as long as you like, but try and eat it within six months. It’ll still be perfectly safe to eat after that, but it might not be as nice.

5. Eat together

Take it in turns to cook as a flat. Splitting one lasagne makes more sense than all of you cooking separately and using more food, and it’s just great to eat as a group!

Also, this helps you get more and more confident in cooking. The more recipes you have, and the happier you are with how things go together, the more likely you are to be able to be able to use up the odds and ends in your fridge.

And when we eat together, we appreciate our food more. And when we appreciate our food, we waste a lot less!

More about Love Food Hate Waste

If you’re interested in bringing Love Food Hate Waste training to your union and help your students to minimise waste, we’re offering it in ten cities across the UK.

Check if your city is listed below, and email the listed contact to find out more and book your session!

Nottingham and SheffieldAnnika Stott 
GlasgowKim Young 
Greater Manchester and Liverpool - Julie Hesmondhalgh
Newcastle and Leeds - Cheryl Woodruff 
Birmingham - Emma Barnett 
Wales - Ailsa Guard 
Cardiff - Joanne Tarling 
Belfast - Danielle McCormick 



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