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Welcome to Week 2

A video highlighting how much food we waste at home and what we can do about it.
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99.8% of UK households buy bread. The equivalent of 11 million loaves being sold every single day. But despite our love for it, an estimated 40% of bread produced every year is wasted in the home. There’s so much that can be done to stop this monumental amount of bread going to waste. The easiest moment for all of us to make a positive change, is in the home, the point at which bread is left to go mouldy or stale. There’s a reason why we love bread so much, because it’s so versatile. Instead of consigning loaves to the bin, you can freeze them, toast them, bake them, crumb them, hydrate them, even make a bird feeder, so not a single crumb is wasted.
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Of course, you can reduce leftovers in the first place, too. For example, by planning meals, or simply buying half-sized loaves. Even technology is helping the humble loaf. Apps like OLIO let us share food with neighbours in our community. And social media channels connect us to projects or initiatives, such as community fridges and local food banks, allowing us to donate food to a central hub to be redistributed throughout our community, where it’s most needed. Do you know what initiatives are running in your local area?

Last Week you looked at the daunting scale of the food waste problem. This Week you’ll discover how changes we can all make at home and in our local communities, can make a significant difference to the amount of edible food going to landfill.

Watch the video which introduces topics that will be covered in more detail as you progress through the Week’s activities.

Do you buy bread or baked goods? Which products, or parts of products do you find hardest to use up?

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