A survey commissioned for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign suggests that British workers are shelling out £5.5bn on shop-bought lunches each year, while they leave almost the same value of perfectly good lunch foods at home to go off.
Ham, bread, cheese, cold meats and other typical sandwich and lunchbox foods such as fruit, crisps and yoghurts are forgotten and eventually binned, to the tune of £5.06bn every year, while we buy sandwiches and take-aways at lunchtime.
2.1 million tonnes of food fit for a packed lunch are still heading to landfill each year, including:
- £821m worth of breads (530,000 tonnes)
- £94m worth of sliced meats (23,000 tonnes)