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24 Apr 2019

Sustainability Expert Creates Food Planner

A new food planner created at Loughborough University hopes to get staff, students and members of the public thinking more carefully about their meals in a bid to tackle the ever-growing national waste issue.

Dr Rhoda Trimingham, of the Design School and the Sustainable Design Research Group, has used her expertise to create the ‘Loughborough Food Planner’ as she believes it’s time for society to take action and accept a huge amount of food waste comes from households.

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a total of 7.1 million tonnes of food is thrown away by homes each year and 5 million tonnes of which is deemed to have been edible and worth a staggering £15bn.

The Loughborough Food Planner aims to get staff, students and the wider community planning their meals and considering how best to use up leftover food.

It encourages people to create shopping lists and to map out a week’s worth of meals to avoid waste and excessive purchasing.

The Planner - which is particularly relevant today (Wednesday April 24), as the Compass Group is celebrating Stop Food Waste Day - also acts as a resource of information as it contains a variety of useful tips.

Dr Trimingham said: “There is a lot of media attention around plastic waste currently, however in terms of negative effect on climate change food waste is far more harmful, so I wanted to address this.

“We agree that governments and food manufacturers need to make some pretty big systemic changes to food production and consumption, but we must accept that a lot of food waste comes from households and so changing our behaviour towards the way we buy and eat food is a key way we can mitigate against climate change.

“Planning what we eat is a simple way to reduce food waste and can also have a positive effect on our health and our wallets.

“By reducing the food we waste, we can also reduce our consumption of plastic packaging – as all food comes wrapped – so this was a win-win opportunity.”