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.
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
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.
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.