‘UK households waste less food during coronavirus lockdown’

Nearly a third of UK consumers say they are cooking more creatively during the lockdown, while 30% have started saving leftovers, according to a survey

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UK households are adopting ‘food-smart behaviours’ and creating less food waste during coronavirus lockdown.

That’s according to a new survey of more than 4,000 participants conducted by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which looked at waste management statistics while the stay-at-home measures were in place.

Nearly a third of UK consumers said they are cooking more creatively during the lockdown, while 30% have started saving leftovers.

The findings of the survey show a 34% reduction in respondents’ self-reported level of food waste across four key products – potatoes, bread, milk and chicken.

Shopping habits seem to have changed as well, according to the report, which suggests 63% are going to the shops less, 59% are choosing to buy more when they do and nearly half are actively checking their cupboards more often before shopping.

Insights from the research also note around 90% of people agree food waste is an ‘important national issue’.

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