Composting is a completely natural way of recycling and is an excellent way of dealing with vegetable peelings, fruit skins or even used teabags. Alternatively the Green Cone, available in selected stores, is great for getting rid of household food waste in an environmentally friendly way, leaving a small amount of solid waste that will only need to be removed every few years. It takes all household food waste, including vegetables, dairy products, raw and cooked meat or fish, and other kitchen waste eg. teabags, bread etc. Includes a four-litre kitchen caddy for collecting and carrying household food waste to the Green Cone. And if you don't have
a garden, it's good to
know that many local
councils now collect
food waste too.

Waste not, want not
Photograph of TV chef, Ainsley Harriott. Did you know WRAP's statistics show we waste a third of the food we buy, which is just as if for every three bags of shopping we bring home, we throw one straight in the bin.

Research done by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for its recently launched Love Food Hate Waste campaign revealed that in the UK we throw away a staggering one-third of the food we buy. TV chef, Ainsley Harriott, is supporting the campaign along with several other chefs and celebrities. He says, 'You don't have to be a chef to know how to cut down on food waste, you just need to care about your food and your pocket and the rest will follow.'

Much wasted food ends up in landfill where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. 'It is sad that so much food is being wasted needlessly,' says Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP Chief Executive. 'At a cost of £8bn a year, it's a serious issue that not only impacts the environment but our pockets, too.' Add in the energy needed to package, transport and deliver food to our homes and it all produces the equivalent of at least 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. 'Preventing this would be the same as taking one in five cars off UK roads,' explains Liz Goodwin.



It's always heartening to see conservation work pay off. In Britain red kites once again command the skies over Oxfordshire, beavers have been reintroduced to WWT's Martin Mere reserve (where BBC TV's Springwatch and Autumnwatch are filmed) and kingfisher numbers have radically increased on our waterways. Now spectacular 'dancing' cranes (the dancing is part of their mating ritual) are breeding in this country for the first time in 400 years, on land transformed by the RSPB from fields to wetland nature reserve. Grahame Madge, an RSPB spokesman, says, 'In time, we hope these amazing birds will become re-established in many parts of Britain.' For more information on conservation work visit www.rspb.org.uk.

If you want your youngsters to be greener, then the parents' section of the Greener Living website www.tesco.com/greenerliving is for you. From getting little ones to grow a green teddy with edible cress, to encouraging older children's interest in nature, recycling and the environment, there are masses of ideas for children from preschool up to age 14. And many of the activities tie in with what they learn at school and will help keep up their interest in environmental studies.



Top tips to prevent food waste:

Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Watch your portion control, only cook what you need, eg pasta and rice.
Use up leftovers in soups and salads. For more information on cutting down on food waste, 'ways with leftovers' plus ideas on preparation, storage, portioning and recipes, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.


Just enough
If you like to shop online and want to cut down on food waste, visit www.tesco.com/recipes. Choose a recipe and then click on 'buy ingredients'. That way you buy just the ingredients you need for that dish and can simply deselect anything already in your store cupboard.