As part of our Rich Mix Goes Green campaign, we will be posting creative monthly challenges that will help you adopt sustainable day-to-day habits.
THIS MAY, WE CHALLENGE YOU TO WASTE LESS FOOD.
WHY? Food waste is a bigger problem than many people realise. In fact, nearly one-third of all food produced in the world is discarded or wasted for various reasons. That equates to nearly 1.3 billion tons every year. While much of this waste takes place on an industrial level, we all have a part to play in reducing the amount of food that ends up in our bins. A report from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in 2020 found that UK households have managed to reduce their waste by 7% in the last three years. However, we still waste 4.5m tonnes of food a year that could have been eaten, worth £14 billion. This amounts to £700 for an average family.
- DOWNLOAD a food-saving app to pick up wasted food or share your own.
- ORGANISE a food waste collection for your household, so that Tower Hamlets can repurpose your food waste and turn it into compost for farmers.
- TRY a new recipe to use up your leftovers or extra produce.
- GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen.
- If you own or operate a food business, consider giving your leftover food produce to a local project such as Neighbourhood Bites, who distribute free hot meals for those in need.
- Do you live on a street level property in Tower Hamlets? Then you can sign up for the food waste collections run by the council.
- Apps like Olio and Too Good To Go are a great way to pick up free food that would otherwise go to waste, or give food out to someone else that wants it.
- Support local projects working to reduce food waste and food poverty. Whether you can offer time as a volunteer or help by sharing their messages on social media, it all counts! Women’s Environmental Network have a fantastic list of places offering food support in Tower Hamlets.
- Supermarkets have strict rules for how fresh fruit and vegetables have to look, and this creates huge amount of waste for produce that doesn’t fit those guidelines. Oddbox is an initiative that saves fruit and vegetables from going to waste.
- Experiment with making new recipes with your leftover food, Love Food Hate Waste have some great recipes.
- Pickling, preserving and making kimchi or mango chutney can help use up fresh produce, and double as presents for friends and family.
Find out more about our previous monthly challenges below…
This April, we challenge you to POWER DOWN.
WHY? 2020 saw a boom in how much technology we use in nearly every aspect of our lives. While the energy needed for searching online or sending an email is small, the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted from each online activity add up. Powering down will also give your eyes a rest, save on electricity bills and increase the life span of your devices!
- TURN OFF five electrical items at the plug before you go to bed
- SCREEN BREAK after 10pm. Close your laptop and put your mobile on silent (ideally in another room to where you sleep). This is proven to help your mental health too!
- PLANT TREES by searching online via Ecosia. Add it to your bookmarks and/or home screen for ease.
- GET INVOLVED: Show us how you are getting on by tagging us at @richmixlondon and using the hashtag #RichMixGoesGreen
- How turning off your laptop can increase its lifespan.
- Studies show that blue light can negatively affect your sleeping patterns and that taking time away from your electronic devices before bed can improve your sleep.
- Apps like Screen Time can help you monitor our phone usage.
- Try putting down your electronic devices before bedtime and picking up a book instead. World of Books sells plenty of second-hand books online, or swap your old books for some new stories with Bookswap.
- For when you need to be online, have a go at searching with Ecosia to make your screen-time more eco-friendly. Every search contributes to planting trees, and Ecosia easy to set as your default browser. How many trees can your searches plant?
Come back to this page in May for updates and our next #RichMixGoesGreen challenge announcement.