We don’t know about you, but here at Plyvine if there’s one thing that really grinds our gears, it’s wasted food.

Over the last couple of years, you’ll have heard stories in the media talking about our growing population.

Whilst it is positive that we’re living longer and can benefit from better healthcare technology, the truth is – a growing and ageing population is placing considerable strain on our services here in the UK.

This deepening ‘demographic crisis’ is having an effect on everything and everyone – young and old. From healthcare to school places, public services to employment.

And it’s also impacting on our environment.

Why? Because there are more of us that need to eat. And with more food going round,  there’s a lot more wasted food, too.

Whilst throwing away the odd bit of bread crust or leftover spaghetti may not seem to amount to much, the extent to which the UK waste food is actually astonishing.

As this infographic by Money Guru shows, our food waste amounts to 1.3 billion meals.

And with all this wasted food comes a financial implication, too. Collectively, £10 billion is wasted by us every year thanks to throwing food away.

Clearly, we all have a responsibility to keep food out of the bin and either in our stomachs or on food bank shelves. In fact, 8 million people in the UK struggle to afford food.

But it’s not just our wallets or other people we’re letting down. It’s our planet, too. And it’s not just the UK, either.

In total, the world is responsible for contributing 3.3b tonnes of carbon footprint each year – just think of what this is doing to our forests, oceans, and other natural habitats.

So, what can we do to limit our food waste?

We believe the best way is to only cook what you’ll think you’ll need, and try your best to eat all of it. If you are unable to reach a clean plate, save it for later or even turn it to compost (you can find out how to do that here).

Thankfully, our councils are doing more to provide households with better facilities to make the change.

But we still have a long way to go.