Make the most of food wherever you eat

June 11, 2013

When you eat food out do you ever find you’ve got some left on your plate and think ‘what a waste’?

It’s estimated that more than 600,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year in the UK hospitality and food service industry. That’s restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, staff restaurants etc.

And it is a waste because most of this food goes to landfill where it generates harmful methane gas.

Some of the food is kitchen waste, but there’s also plate waste – food we pay for and then don’t eat. Wherever it comes from it all goes in the bin.

Would you prefer to have more choice when it comes to portion sizes and sides? Would you ask to take leftover food away with you?

Have a look at this short video to find out what people say about the food they waste when out and what they’d like to see change.

Why not try these ideas from Love Food Hate Waste next time you eat out?

• Order a starter or ‘light bite’ instead of a main meal if you’re not very hungry.

• Ask if there are other portions sizes even if they aren’t shown on the menu – choose a smaller option if you don’t fancy a full meal.

• Find out if you can swap chips for salad, potatoes for vegetables (or vice versa) -whatever you prefer.

• Can you take any leftovers home with you to eat next day? Pizza, sandwiches, cake, fruit, cheese – lots of food can be saved from the bin.

To find out more, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Join us at our next washable nappy demonstrations

May 22, 2013

HarryOur washable nappy demonstrations, led by our Real Nappy Adviser, give new and expectant parents the chance to find out more about real nappies.

Come along to meet other parents who have already switched to real nappies, learn how much you could save and find out how to apply for a Real Nappy Trial Pack.

The next two events are:

Brockwell Park One O’Clock Club
Entrance from Arlingford Road, Off Tulse Hill, SW2 2TA
Wednesday 29th May
Time 1pm – 2pm

Spaces are limited, so please email to book your place.

Shakespeare Road Depot
185-205 Shakespeare Road,SE24 0PZ
(On street pay and display parking is available near by)
Saturday 1st June
Time 1pm – 2pm

For more information about real nappies, please visit our website or email

Swishing helps to make the Job Fair a success.

March 21, 2013
Clothes waiting to be swished!

Clothes waiting to be swished!

We recently worked with our colleagues across departments to help to organise the ‘swishing’ element of the Family Finance Job Fair.

Residents were asked to bring 5 items of work clothing that were in a good condition but that they no longer wanted or needed to swap with others.

Employees at Lambeth Council and Lambeth College were also encouraged to donate good quality clothing and these items were made available at the Swish.

We ended up with quite a haul!

  • 66 shirts
  • 13 jackets
  • 26 jumpers
  • 3 pairs of shoes
  • 3 suits
  • 15 pairs of jeans
  • 5 dresses

This totalled 173kg of clothing – all made available to job seekers looking to attend interviews or start work.

Swishing is a brilliant way to increase the lifespan of clothing. We all have items that for various reasons, we no longer wear – why not pass them on? It’s really easy to organise small swishing events with your friends. Not only is it a fun way to spend an evening but you get to refresh your wardrobe too!

Alternatively, to find a pre-organised Swish near you visit

Faith and Sustainability in Lambeth

February 19, 2013

The Faith and Sustainability Network are hosting an evening of presentations and discussion at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre.

When: Tuesday 26th February 2013, 5.30pm until 8.30pm

Where: London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London SW4 6AY.

Come along to learn about some of the sustainability issues affecting local communities and what practical steps faith communities can take to create more resilient communities, generate less waste and save money.

Hear from the following speakers:

  •  Sibylle Mansour, Community Draught Busters – Energy Saving
  • Ivor Picardo, Green Community Champions Officer London Borough of Lambeth: Sustainability Unit – Food Growing
  • Francisco Giordano Silva, Waste Development Officer London Borough of Lambeth: Sustainable Waste – Waste Prevention

The event is free and there will be an opportunity to enjoy food, meet with the speakers, network and exchange ideas.

To book your place, please email Alan Gadd or Sid Liddall at

Real nappy trial packs give parents a head start.

February 12, 2013

HarryIf you are a new parent or are expecting a baby, you may be considering washable (real) nappies. It is estimated that switching from disposables can save you up to £650!

Lambeth’s real nappy trial packs give you the opportunity to see how real nappies work for you before you invest. Each pack comes in a handy wash bag and contains three all in one nappies suitable for all sizes and a roll of liners.

Over 50 new parents and babies in Lambeth are now using washable nappies after receiving their washable nappy trial pack since April 2012.

Local mum, Aga, describes her experience of using the trial pack.

I am already saving money on nappies. The trial pack helped me to decide to go ahead and invest in washable nappies. My calculation shows that 8 months after my initial investment of £200 into real nappies it has paid itself off and will save me money from now on. I thought that using the nappies would require extra effort, but actually it is very little work and gives me a great satisfaction that I am not wasting resources or my money.

Our Real Nappy Advisor organises regular nappy demonstrations and has built up a friendly network of professional nappy advisors and new mums who regularly meet to offer support to others who are using or want to use real nappies.

Join us at one of our events:

Wednesday 13 February 1pm – 3pm

1 O’Clock Club
Brockwell Park
Arlingford Road, entrance off Tulse Hill

Wednesday 27 February 2pm – 3pm

Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
SW16 1PN

Please email or call 020 7926 8948 to book your place. To find out more about real nappies, visit our webpage or email questions to

Happy Christmas from your Recycling Team!

December 21, 2012

The festive season is finally upon us and if you’re anything like me, there’s still a lot to be done!

Still, there’s plenty of help out there. If you’ve not wrapped your gifts yet, how about having a go at Furoshiki? It’s really easy as this video shows and is a great alternative to wrapping paper. 

If you’re in charge of the food this year, why not have a look at the Love Food Hate Waste website. You’ll find really helpful information on storing food, portion sizes and using up your leftovers. There’s also some great money saving tips, which are particularly useful at this time of year.

If you’re already considering your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget the Zero Waste Challenge that’s taking place throughout January. A great way to start 2013 and an opportunity to raise money for charity.

Finally, please don’t forget to use your orange bag or estate recycling bin to recycle over the holidays. You can find out what you can recycle from home and at your local recycling point on our website.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!