At Finlay Bee we produce environmentally friendly handmade beeswax food wraps which allow people an alternative to single use plastics like clingfilm, and to reduce food waste. Every year around 7 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away by UK households. We HATE unnecessary food waste at Finlay Bee however we realise there is some food waste that can’t be avoided such as egg shells, vegetable and fruit peelings, and bones from meat. So what can we do to turn these in to useable material?
Home composting is a really good way to use this sort of “waste”. Generally you can safely compost any uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps, although items like avocado stones do take a long time to decompose. Egg shells are also safe to compost at home although they may become attractive to rats so you should wash them first. We don’t want to just send other food waste such as cooked waste and bones to landfill because we don’t want it to rot and create methane which is a damaging greenhouse gas, so how can you positively use it?
Did you know that we could have the same CO2 impact as taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads if we all stopped wasting the food which could have been eaten?
Most councils now offer food waste recycling services, either by in-vessel composting which produces valuable soil improver or by anaerobic digestion which produces methane which is then collected and turned in to biogas, as well as producing valuable soil improver. Check with your local council about their arrangements.