Food waste is a global issue and has major implications around the world. Although it is a huge issue, by avoiding food waste on an individual level, we can help contribute to the current worldwide effort. 

The illustration to the left was designed by Salimah Mohamed who won The Starving Student's 'Avoiding Food Waste' Design Competition. The design perfectly captures the ways in which food scraps can be used around the house rather than chucking them in the bin.

Congratulations Salimah!


  • Don't peel your veg - There are also nutrients and other flavours that can be found in the skin of fruit & vegetables.

  • Don't overstock your fridge or cupboards - There is no point in buying too much food if you are not going to be able to eat it all before it perishes.

  • Use your freezer - Although some food does not freeze well, there are many that do which will extend the life of that food. You can also save portions of cooked dishes to eat at a later date (maybe when you have deadlines/exams and have less time to cook)!

  • Save your leftovers - This is one of the most important tips. Leftovers can be frozen for later use or you can incorporate them into one of my recipes to create a new dish. (See some quick ideas below).

  • Pickle your food - Pickling can be done to almost any type of food including vegetables, meat & eggs, and preserves food for long periods of time. It is a very simple process and you only need some vinegar and added flavours (e.g. garlic).

  • Avoid oversized portions - By doing this, you will reduce the food thrown into the bin after you've eaten​.

  • Pumpkins at Halloween - Save & dry out the seeds. Use the flesh for soups, vegetable tray-bakes or roasted pumpkin cubes.

  • Easter chocolate - I'm sure for many of you there won't be any leftover chocolate!!... but if you have some, use it in chocolate baking recipes, cake decoration or melt down as a dip for fruit.

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The 'Wabi-Sabi' design piece (left) was created by Katy Thomas, "highlighting the absurdity of demanding aesthetic perfection from fruit and vegetables".

It has been great to see young people get involved with a competition that is all about an important issue. I hope the tips on this page encourage you to change your own habits & avoid food waste.


  • Smoothies - use up nearly-perished fruit, milk & yoghurt​.

  • Soups - a way to use up onions & root vegetables.

  • Vegetable hash - a quick fry up using leftover vegetables.

  • Omelettes - a dish using eggs to combine any leftover food together.