A creative programme about the built environment for 14-18 year olds
TASTE OVER WASTE
Welcome to our page! Here, the goal is trying to prevent food waste and help to reduce our beauty standards for fruits and vegetables. We’re going to slow down how much safe-to-eat food we discard with no good reason to, and bring the community together as we do so.
We are Mel, Fin, Ashleigh , and Skie, and we’re glad you decided to look through our page. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we can inspire you to make a change!
What do we do?
To sum it up, we want to help reduce the amount of food wasted, but there’s so much more to it than that.
We want to help people realise that there are plenty more options than to throw it all away, educate people on more environmentally-friendly meal choices, and encourage those who wish to participate to befriend those in the community and help them to make these changes too.
We think it’s vital to understand the consequences both we and the planet would face if we continued on like this, but it’s also important to actually take action rather than just panicking. It’s much easier than you might think!
Why should we do this?
As of June 2021, in the UK, 71% of consumable waste is from households, 12% from manufacture, 13% from HaFS, and 4% from retail. This means almost ¾ of the waste produced is our fault. These statistics describe the measly 9.5 million tonnes of food we waste as a nation annually.
Of course, along the way we should help to raise awareness for the other categories, but by just saving our leftovers and consuming them later, we’re already making a huge impact.
How can I help?
Glad you asked! There are many ways you can get involved:
Try to only buy what you know you’ll eat. It can be tempting to buy lots of other items we don’t really need, so making a list and trying to stick to it as you go along, and don’t ever shop when you’re hungry!
If you do end up with more than you can eat in one go, save it and eat it later. If you can’t do that, try giving to a relative, or someone who needs it, like a homeless person.
Any unwanted tins or packets or food should be donated rather than thrown away. Currently in Britain, food banks are at an all time low, so donation is very helpful.
Engage other people! We have an instagram page, @tasteover.waste which you can follow for coming challenges and updates on how to improve this aspect of your life. Like we’ve said, community engagement is part of the goal, so getting your friends, family, and neighbours involved is both welcomed and encouraged.
We have also created a design for an outdoor Taste Over Waste Centre – a place where members of the local community, whether it’s local business owners, environmentalists, volunteers or school children, can come together to learn how we can reduce our carbon footprint, by partaking in gardening/cooking workshops.
For example, people will be shown how to recycle leftovers, with various hacks and recipes demonstrated.
What do you think?
We’d love to know what you think, please get in touch below!