Food waste has been one of the key focuses of environmental campaigners for many years now. The Soil Association suggests that 20 40 percent of fruit and vegetables never make it into our shops due to physical imperfections, and a WRAP report estimates that 90,000 tonnes of produce in the UK is sent to landfill. Globally around 30% of human-grade food is wasted (FAO). Meanwhile as large amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables are wasted, access to these products is still an issue for many. According to charity Food Foundation, as of 2018, 3.7 million children in the UK alone were living in homes unable to afford to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables each week.
Veg boxes are becomingly an increasingly popular way for consumers to try a variety of vegetables and support local farmers, as well as reduce waste by avoiding excessive purchasing of unwanted produce. With a range of sizes, produce options and delivery frequencies, there’s lots of choice out there. Whether you’re looking to reduce plastic, cut down on costs or get out of a cooking rut, here are some of my favourites on offer this Autumn.