Food Waste Stories

ways to avoid wasting food waste when moving home

Monday 4th August 2014

Guest blog by Chloe Hashemi, content specialist for the Fountain Partnership. Chloe is interested in discovering weird and wonderful ways to reduce her carbon footprint. 

In 2013 alone, 3,000,000 people moved within the United Kingdom, and research has shown that the average Brit will move 8 times in their lives. So, with all this moving around it is inevitable that some of your food supply is being left behind. From the cans of baked beans you can’t be bothered to drive half-way across the country (or the world), to the packets of pasta you decided to throw away because you think it’ll be just be a ‘waste of space’, all of these items contribute to the 6.7 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year. 

What can we do to prevent all of this?
Moving house doesn’t mean throwing your ethics and your food out the door. Moving companies can assist you with your move from start to finish, and help you pack all the contents of your house properly, including the insides of your kitchen cupboards. Wasting food can always be avoided, and even though moving home can be one of the most stressful events in life, there are always ways to minimise this stress and waste.

Throw a Dinner Party
Hosting a dinner party can always be fun, especially when it has a purpose. Why not investigate what you still have knocking around the kitchen cupboards a few days before the move and concoct some unique dishes for your lucky guests. From soups to stews, an event like this will limit the amount of food you have to pack or throw away. This way you can also create some final happy memories in your house and help you look ahead to starting afresh in your new home.

13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Food bank projects across the country help feed these people, who for some reason or another cannot feed themselves. By donating to these food banks you can reduce food waste you may produce due to your move, as well as feed one of the hundreds of thousands of people who come to these food banks yearly. Check out your local supermarket for smaller local projects too.

Get Organised in Advance
Beginning to think about your move a few weeks in advance can help to decrease the amount of food you waste. In the final few weeks or days approaching the move, try and reduce the amount of food you buy, especially the long-lasting kind. Limit your food shop to items you can guarantee will be eaten by you or your family in the next few days rather than in the next few months. Even plan your meals to limit surplus items.

Help out a Friend
Why not make someone’s day with some perfectly good food which you just don’t have the room to bring with you? No one would complain about having a few extra ingredients to cook with after all.

Don’t Be a Slave to Sell By Dates
Even if the packet of biscuits you have on the back of your cupboard says they ‘went off’ yesterday, yet they still look and smell fine, why not pack them for the journey to your new house? A move of house is not an excuse to throw a whole load of food away. Don’t chuck loads away just because the print tells you to. These dates are written on the food for the suppliers, not the customers.


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