Food waste has never been a bigger, more complex issue. That’s why we’ve created The Regent Street & St James’s Food Waste Pledge, designed to make reducing your impact when dining out – and at home – a lot easier.
Did you know…
One third of edible food produced globally is wasted every year.
Greenhouse gases emitted from wasted food breaking down in landfill equates to the same level of an entire country. To put this into context, landfill would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the USA and China. In the UK alone, around 100,000 tonnes of readily available and perfectly edible food is never eaten.
Annually, this amounts to a cost of £2.5billion.
Enough food is wasted in the UK service industry to fill The Shard nearly 11 times every year.
How to dine-out more consciously
Whether you’re dining at one of our participating restaurants or hungry for knowledge on how to be more food-waste conscious day-to-day, we’ve pulled together some suggestions on how to reduce your impact:
Ask the restaurant team to help guide your menu choices.
Check portion sizes to avoid over-ordering.
If you’re keen to try a few different dishes, check whether you’re able to take any leftovers home.
Visit our recipes pages to try and make some food-waste-friendly recipes at home.
And finally, if you’re ordering a drink check whether the straws being used are plastic free. If not, politely decline – plastic waste is another huge food-related issue.
How to dine-in more consciously
Whenever you can, recipe plan in advance to avoid wasting ingredients.
Only purchase what you need, especially when it comes to fresh produce.
Use a compost bin in your kitchen or compost heap in your garden. Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually. Read more here.
Produce a food-waste-friendly meal using leftover ingredients from the fridge and store-cupboards. Find our Zero Waste Carrot recipe from tibits here.