Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. A typical example of small actions providing personal benefit as well as wider environmental benefits. lovefoodhatewaste.com estimates that in the UK "we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, costing us £12 billion - most of this could have been eaten." This would have cost the average household approximately £480 per year. Lovefoodhatewaste reckons that if we stopped wasting food the benefit to the planet would be the same as taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.
It's not all doom and gloom though, they also reckon that between 2006 and 2010 food waste has reduced by 13%, which is over 1 million tonnes. And many people are addressing their food waste; simplybeingmum.com does a great job of cataloguing the contents of her fridge very thoroughly every Friday and accounts for all her 'waste'.