Supermarkets have been cracking down on their waste. With net-zero strategies dominating government and business agendas, supermarkets have been under pressure to do their bit.
Morrisons recently announced their plans to scrap best before dates on their milk to try and avoid waste, while WRAP recently published a study encouraging supermarkets to drop single-use packaging around fresh produce for food waste prevention reasons.
As Easter approaches, there will no doubt be some analysis of the amount of waste the festival produces. WRAP estimates that around 3,000 tonnes of packaging is wasted each year at Easter time, enough to fill 400 large lorries.
Kevin Quigley, Commercial Director at Warrens Group, a food waste recycling company and waste prevention advocate, has put together a list of tips to help you enjoy all the fun of Easter but with minimal waste, lowering your environmental impact during a festival which traditionally celebrates nature and new life.
- Ditch the carbon-intense plastic: Ditching the plastic packaging does not mean you have to ditch the chocolate. Supermarkets such as Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl are all ditching the plastic on a select range of their easter eggs. Just check the label to see if they are plastic free.
- Say no to food waste: The Easter holidays often mean filling the fridge and cooking feasts for friends and family. Try to avoid unnecessary food waste by only buying and cooking what you need and using up leftovers. There are lots of recipe ideas online for using up leftovers – have you got some hot cross buns that have started to go a bit too crusty? Try making this yummy hot cross bun butter pudding with them.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle: If you do get Easter eggs that have lots of packaging, make sure you recycle the cardboard box around it correctly. Most boxes have easy recycling instructions to help you. By recycling you are keeping precious resources in use which avoids the extraction of raw materials which creates greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
Easy steps like these are great ways to enjoy festivities but lower your impact on the natural environment, the same behaviour can be applied year-round to reduce your impact on the planet – with little to no hassle at all.
Reducing the amount of waste we produce at holidays such as Easter is crucial as up to 90 million Easter eggs are sold in the UK each year, just think about all that packaging! If we all take steps to have a waste-free Easter break – it all contributes towards the wider drive to towards net zero.
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About Warrens Group
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of BioCapital LTD, Warrens Group is one of the North East’s pioneers of food waste recycling.
The team has helped local authorities, schools and businesses from a wide range of sectors over the years develop a more sustainable approach to waste management. It was also one of the first food waste recycling companies in the UK to power its HGV waste collection vehicles with biogas converted directly from its own food waste customers.
From collection to conversion, the team have taken full ownership of their supply chain, driving the need for a circular economy, as part of their on-going commitment to sustainability and the people and environment they serve. www.warrens-group.com