The Environment and Community Development (ECD) Team recently visited Goldsmiths University to promote the Love Food Hate Waste campaign at the Freshers Fayre.
The event was over two days and was held in a large marquee just off Laurie Grove where hundreds of new students were in attendance. The ECD team occupied a table amongst the many clubs and societies and spoke to well over 400 students.
Communicating the Love Food Hate Waste message at the freshers fayre was a great promotional opportunity for the Council and also a great opportunity for the students to learn more about how to prolong the life of food and shop wisely right at the beginning of their time at university.
Amongst some of the hints and tips being given to the new students were things like extending the life of lettuce by washing and draining it, wrapping it in paper towel and then storing it in a plastic bag in the fridge. This will extend the life of a lettuce for an extra to 4 to 5 days. We also told them that if eggs were at their use by date and they were going away, then why not crack them into an airtight container and freeze them until they return and use them for scrambled eggs or in a recipe.
Lots of recipes were also given away that gave suggestions on what to do with leftovers from meals as well as spaghetti measurers and measuring spoons so that people would use the exact ingredients when cooking. This way they wouldn’t need to make extra trips to the shops for more ingredients and spend more of their budget when they didn’t need to.
All the giveaways and tips were well received by the students who could see the real value in shopping sensibly and planning meals in advance as well as making greater use of the freezer to ensure that food lasted much longer.
One key tip that we gave out to the students was to visit the following website http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ as this is a valuable resource for saving money and time, finding out information on storing food correctly as well as being packed with lots of easy and simple recipes for nutritious dishes.