Did you know that one-third of all food is wasted? That’s 1.3 billion tonnes wasted globally every year – 15 million tonnes in the UK. Food production is the single biggest impact that humanity has on the environment as it uses huge amounts of land, fuel and energy. We’re trashing the planet to produce food that no-one eats.
In the UK, bread is top of the list of our most wasted household food items. We waste almost 900,000 tonnes of bread every year – around 24 million slices every day. In terms of calories, that’s enough to lift over 26 million people out of hunger.
As much as 44% of all bread produced in the UK is wasted but almost half of that is before it even reaches our homes. Sandwich factories discard the heel and first slice of every loaf – that’s 17% of the loaf – because we don’t buy sandwiches made with crusts. A single sandwich factory discards 13,000 slices of fresh bread every day. And bakeries and retailers dispose of loaves that are day-old because it’s relatively cheap to produce and consumers expect abundant supplies of day-fresh bread.