During lockdown we wasted a third less food than we usually would. We saved leftovers, wrote shopping lists and baked a LOT of banana bread. In an emergency, we got organised and we crushed food waste. But we’re still in an emergency – a long one, so we need to keep crushing it.
With 513 tonnes of edible food ending up in green bins, as well as 6,898 tonnes of edible food waste ending up in grey bins every year in Huntingdonshire, it’s not just our bank accounts that are affected by food waste – it’s our planet too.
The process of growing, making, transporting, storing and cooking our food uses lots of energy, water and fuel, which all goes to waste when it’s thrown away. Global food waste generates 22 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year – that’s four times more than all aeroplanes put together! So really, it’s a no-brainer to keep as much food out of the bin as possible, and to start wasting less and saving more – both money and the planet.
6 easy ways to reduce food waste
Write a shopping list or snap a ‘shelfie’
Turn your fridge down to under 5°C
Freeze your loaf and toast straight from the freezer
Plan ahead and defrost meals in the fridge overnight
Use up your lockdown larder staples
Get creative with leftover recipes
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Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the village has pulled together. A number of individuals and groups have provided outstanding support for others. We would like to recognise these.
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As part of Volunteer Week we would like to recognise the hard work of Zo Weaver from St Ives & Fenstanton Time Bank
Zo Weaver set up St Ives Timebank on her own initiative in 2013 to provide support and community in the town and its surrounding villages.
Zo runs the Timebank in her spare time, alongside her full-time job in education. She organises regular events, updates and time exchanges for members – often taking part in exchanges herself.
The Timebank has been extremely active during the coronavirus outbreak, mobilising volunteers to help ensure people isolating in the area have had access to food and medicines, in particular. Some slightly more unusual requests have included emergency freezer defrosting and advice sought about an injured baby pigeon.
“I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and commitment shown by the St Ives & Fenstanton Timebank members during this very difficult time. I send out a list of requests, usually daily, and I have often managed to match members to these within minutes thanks to how quickly members respond to me. I feel very humbled to know so many brilliant people.”
The Timebank is supported financially and administratively by St Ives Town Council. It recently joined forces with Fenstanton Parish Council to create the St Ives & Fenstanton Timebank, so is now able to support even more people than before with a wider spread of members.
For more details on the Timebank, including how to join, visit: www. https://stivesfenstantontimebank.com/
A BIG THANK YOU from the community development team
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How can you not love our village! Within 3 days of having our basket set up, you fantastic people have filled it!