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Top tips to go waste free for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Ready for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning? This year is set to be the largest yet with organisations, businesses and community groups all over the country signing up to bake  and brew refreshments for a great cause.

| 26 Sep 19

Did you know that what you do in your kitchen has a big impact on the planet?

Our Food Waste team has teamed up with Macmillan to ensure nothing goes to waste and we make the most of out of every ingredient and avoid generating greenhouse gas-emitting food waste.

In all, food waste causes an alarming 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and there are lots of simple steps we can take to reduce what we throw out.

We’ve come up with a few tips to make sure this year’s event makes the most of the ingredients we have and cuts back on any waste that might be left over.

Capture those shells, peelings, coffee grinds and tea bags

Most of us will be cracking a few eggs this week. But what can we do to stop them piling up in the bin? Inedible food waste, like egg shells, peelings, cores, coffee grinds and tea bags, can be recycled.

It’s easy to think that because fruit is organic, peels, pips and cores will decompose harmlessly but the opposite is true. When food waste decomposes in landfill, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is much worse for climate change than carbon dioxide in the short term. Recycling your food waste in a food waste caddy means it can be used to make clean energy that can be fed into the national grid, fertiliser and compost – helping to grow and bake more delicious grub.

You’ve got to be yolking!

Many a cake recipe calls for egg yolks but what about the whites? When we waste food, we waste all the energy, time and resources that went into producing and transporting it. You could whip up some meringues with the leftovers. They’re easier to make than you think – just check out the Love Food Hate Waste Scotland website.

Only buy what you’ll use

Don’t get sucked into purchasing more than you need in multipacks or special offers. If we only buy food that we know we’ll use, store it properly, cook and bake it carefully, and  recycle what we can’t avoid throwing out then collectively we could help protect the planet for future generations.

Create a space in the freezer

The freezer acts as a pause button for food. Clear a space in yours if you think there may be extra cake leftover from the coffee morning and tuck it away for a later date when you’ll be delighted to tuck back into some saved over treats.

We hope you have a great time at The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. As well as getting together with friends and colleagues for a blether and a cuppa, it gives us a good opportunity to think about the impact food has on the planet.

Even better, avoiding food waste also gives us another reason to have another slice of cake!


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