Did you know each UK household throws away on average £500 worth of food each year? We're doing all we can to prevent food waste in our stores and help you reduce food waste in your home. Follow our simple steps to play your part.
Tips and tricks
Know what you're going to buy at the shop. Add things you need on your phone or on a pad in the kitchen throughout the week. Take a photo of your fridge before you go to the shop so you don't double up.
Buy things that will go together to make a meal rather than random ingredients that you don't know what you'll do with – browse our recipes for meal ideas.
Check packets carefully – as well as use by dates you can find handy storage, cooking tips and portion advice on Co-op products.
One third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted every year. That’s around 1.3 billion tonnes.
Food storage tips
Should you put eggs in the fridge and how do you stop bread from going stale? We’ve got some useful advice about storage to help your food last longer.
Make the most of your fridge
- Keep your refrigerator at or below 5°C
- Store fish and chicken at the bottom of the fridge where it is coldest and to stop them dripping on other things
- Put flour in the fridge to prevent it from going bad and keep its natural oils as cool as possible
- Refrigerated eggs last longer and their temperature will be kept consistent
- Cool cooked rice quickly by rinsing in cold water and refrigerating within an hour – eat within 24 hours
- Always keep cheese in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can even refrigerate hard cheese such as cheddar after grating
- Jams and condiments are better in the fridge
Other storage advice
- Tomatoes taste nicer at room temperature and can lose their flavour if kept too cold
- Fruits such as bananas, pineapples and nectarines should be kept in a cool, dark place
- Bread should be kept in a cool, dry place and will go stale or mouldy more quickly when placed next to chilled produce
- Peanut butter should be stored in the cupboard
Love your leftovers
If you’ve got a pile of peelings or leftover lamb then don’t throw it away. Check out these recipes that allow you to create something delicious from last night’s dinner and other meals.
Helping to feed the nation
Since 2013, we've partnered with FareShare to distribute surplus fruit, vegetables, ready meals and chilled items from our depots to community groups helping vulnerable people across the UK. So far we've given away over 3m meals and counting.