- UK’s first national Food Waste Action Week begun yesterday, with Dunbia joining as a strategic partner.
- Dunbia will be supporting Food Waste Action Week with a video featuring our chef’s favourite recipe for making the most of the leftovers of a Sunday roast, and recommendations from our food safety and quality expert, on freezing, defrosting and batch cooking.
Dunbia is proud to be partnering with WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, as it begins its first Food Waste Action Week.
Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1st March until Sunday 7th March, with activities happening across the whole of the UK. The Week will link organisations across the UK, including Dunbia, to stop food going to waste and halt its contribution towards climate change. All are united in the simple message to their audiences – “Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change”.
Dunbia will be actively promoting Food Waste Action Week across our media channels, both internally and externally. Dunbia recognise that climate change poses one of the greatest risks to our natural world, society at large and economic sustainability. In 2019 Dunbia signed up the Science-Based Targets Initiative and our targets where approved later that year. Food waste is a significant contributor to GHG emissions globally and we all have a duty to minimise the amount of food we frequently waste without being mindful of the consequences. Dunbia are signatories to the WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and Meat in a Net Zero World, and we are working with industry and supply chain partners to reduce food waste in the UK. We are proud to support WRAP during this first ever week-long campaign to reduce food waste in our homes.
Food Waste Action Week is asking the public to take part in a simple Challenge to try to reduce the food they waste at home to as close to zero as possible. The huge public campaign will be headed by the well-known public figure Nadiya Hussain, who will help bring alive the message that Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change by focussing on a different theme each day, from food storage and portion planning to creative ways to use up food, and practical steps such as setting the fridge temperature correctly.
- 70% of all food wasted in the UK is from our own homes. Each year, UK households throw away 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten.
- If food waste were a country, it would be third only to the USA and China in terms of its GHG emissions.
The public will be able to take part in Food Waste Action Week’s activities happening across Love Food Hate Waste’s Twitter, and Facebook platforms and the Love Food Hate Waste website, with hard-hitting creative assets communicating the message wasting food feeds climate change, and stressing that we all have a part to play in breaking the cycle. There will be widescale action from an array of well-known influencers helping people stop food that could have been eaten ending up in the bin, with daily support and tips from WRAP’s food experts.
Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability at Dunbia said:
“Food waste is a global challenge, resulting in significant loss of scarce resources and a key accelerator of climate change. In the UK, Dunbia are members of WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment and Meat in a Net Zero World.
We have pledged to work with our supply chains and the food industry towards the collective ambition to halve food waste in the UK, including in our homes. We will be sharing our resident chef’s recommendations and favourite recipe for making the most of those leftovers, as well as guidance from our in-house food safety and quality expert on the freezing and defrosting of meat, as well as batch cooking. We are delighted to be supporting the first Food Waste Action Week in the UK.”
Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, said “Wasting food is a major cause of climate change – it generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the commercial flights in the world. We know through our research that the climate change emergency matters to people so this is something we can – and must – act on together. It is time to focus on saving one of our most precious resources instead of generating greenhouse gases producing food that is never eaten.
I’m delighted to be launching the first UK Food Waste Action Week today and to have such strong support from our partners. Together we will inspire real and lasting change. Food Waste Action Week gives organisations a unique opportunity to capture their audiences’ attention as part of a national event and help them to play their part in eliminating food being wasted and tackling climate change.”
Working together, we can prevent food being wasted needlessly and protect the planet.