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Still to shop for Christmas dinner?

Just make a list and check it twice to avoid the foodwaste Grinch

20 Dec 19

As Santa and his trusty reindeers limber up for their Christmas Eve marathon, more than a million Scots have still to buy food for their Christmas Day dinner.

But there’s no need for a panicked dash to the supermarket, Zero Waste Scotland is offering a helping hand in with ready-prepared Christmas Day menus and handy shopping lists.

In a bid to reduce food waste this festive season, Zero Waste Scotland and National Chef, Gary Maclean, are offering Waste-Free Christmas Shopping Lists for last minute cooks.

To get quantities right and avoid over-buying and the consequent foodwaste, these handy shopping lists include traditional menus for two, four and eight people, and a vegan option too. For the star of the show, a 2.5-3 kg turkey is perfect for 4 people, a 2.5-4 kg will feed 7-8 people and a 5.5-6kg turkey for 10-12 people.

Zero Waste Scotland is promoting a pre-planned Christmas Day dinner after revealing 84% of Scottish households are set to waste a staggering amount of food this Christmas Day. We could be throwing out the equivalent of over 100,000 turkeys and half a million potatoes.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It’s time to think differently. At the time of year when we show how much we care for the people in our lives, we can also all show how much we care for the planet. Everyone wants to fight climate change and Christmas is the perfect time to support the cause.

“We’re urging Scots to think about how much food they really need to buy and  we’re helping them to plan, shop and cook for a low-waste, low stress, low-cost Christmas Day.”

Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change. When we waste food, we waste all the resources that went into producing it. And food waste has a nasty kick . When sent to rot in landfill, it pumps out methane, a greenhouse gas that’s much more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

For Waste Free Shopping Lists for traditional Christmas dinners for 2, 4 and 8 people, as well as Vegan menus, visit https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com/article/waste-free-christmas-shopping-lists

Notes For Editors

Notes to editors


All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1001 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 22nd - 25th November 2019.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).

*All statistics marked with an asterisk are based on the YouGov poll of 1,001 respondents and the ONS statistics on the number of Scotland 18+ population being 4,409,302. LUX undertook all these all calculations.

About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. 

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. 

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.

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