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Please support Food Waste Action Week - March 1-7 2021

The Packaging Debate

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The Packaging Federation (PF) has long been a key supporter of the drive against food waste.

Dick Searle, PF CEO says that “packaging plays a huge role in preventing food waste but there is still a frightening amount of food wasted in the home. The good news is that we can all embrace our responsibilites as consumers – and do something about it. That is why we are strong supporters of Food Waste Action Week.”

The Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) has organised a week-long event that is designed to highlight the wasting of food in the home.  

From 1st – 7th March 2021 WRAP with the support of Government and other partners is dedicating an entire week to both raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food and promoting activities that will help make wasting food a thing of the past. The stark message is that wasting food contributes to climate change and is no longer acceptable.

Charlotte Henderson, WRAP programme manager says that ‘around a third of the food we produce worldwide is lost or wasted. This is having a significant impact on climate change, by contributing between 8–10% of the total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.’

WRAP research finds that 70% of food that is wasted post farm gate in the UK is from our homes and it is fuelling the climate crisis.  However,

reducing food waste is achievable. Since 2007, the UK’s annual food waste has in fact reduced from 11.2 million tonnes to 9.5 million tonnes.

Charlotte Henderson says that ‘we’re on the right track: We now understand much better how exactly our food is being wasted with numerous studies into the behaviours and attitudes that drive it.’

She adds that ‘put simply, we need collective, large scale action so get behind Love Food Hate Waste’s Food Waste Action Week and make a difference.

WRAP asks readers to post on social media channels throughout the Week using the social assets: linking to tools on the LFHW website; using #FoodWasteActionWeek; and tagging @lfhw_uk in your posts.

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