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This Campaign Is Making Food Labels Clearer To Reduce Waste – Here's How You Can Help Too

News flash: don't store your milk in the door of the fridge.

Food waste is a huge issue in the UK. So much so that it's predicted that Brits chuck away 10% (!!!) of their weekly food shop all because the labels can be kind of confusing.

For instance, "Best Before", "Sell By", and "Use By" all sound kind of similar but they actually all mean different things?!?!

"Best Before" dates are actually just a guideline of quality, rather than a hard and fast rule of when an item needs to go into the bin. After the "Best Before" date your item may not be at peak tastiness, but if it still looks, smells, and tastes okay then you should still use it!

And that's why anti-waste food innovator, Too Good To Go, is launching its "Look, Smell, Taste, Don't Waste" campaign which encourages people to do just that with their food.

They're working with brands like Danone, Activia, and Cravendale to help make their packaging clearer – meaning that the next time you’re in the supermarket you may see some useful changes to food labels for yoghurt, cheese, and milk, that can help you prevent food wastage!

This change will no doubt be useful to many, so we decided to round up some extra tips to help with food wastage. Here’s some surprising facts and useful habits that can help you to reduce food waste effortlessly:

1. Ever gone to use a packet of spinach and then seen a puddle of brown water in the bottom of it? Pop a tea towel in with them to prevent that from happening.

2. Store vegetables with a high water count, like celery and carrots, in water!

3. And do the same with some herbs too.

4. Hang your bananas on a hook – not only do they look pretty, but they'll stay fresh for longer too!

5. Wise up on what foods can be stored together.

6. Strip your vegetables naked of their plastic packaging!

7. And chop off the tops of your root vegetables while you're at it.

8. Airtight resealable jars will help you to keep pantry items from going ~chewy~.

9. Raw meats should be kept on the bottom shelf of your fridge.

10. And stop storing dairy and eggs in the door of your fridge.

11. If you're a big cheese eater, store your favourite wedges in waxed paper.

12. And did you know that you can freeze eggs? Because I did not!

13. Buy a compost bin for any vegetables or fruits that do end up being chucked.

14. Most of all, trust your senses – touch, smell, and look at ingredients to assess whether they're still good to go!

Do you have any tips that help you waste less food? Let us know in the comments!