Thursday, 6 October 2011

Think inside the box

It's long overdue - a campaign to reduce food waste. If you own a dog, it isn't a problem to supplement his diet (while being careful not to over-feed) at home with 'leftovers' that would otherwise go to waste. But, when you're eating out, what happens to those leftovers when the plates have been cleared away?  On average, one UK restaurant produces "21 tonnes of food waste annually, the equivalent of three double-decker buses!"

When we're in France, this isn't a problem. Many restaurants and cafes allow dogs and those that don't already provide 'doggy boxes'. I think the French would be horrified (zut alors) at the suggestion that a campaign was needed. In the UK, the campaign was launched yesterday in London and I see a need for it to spread nationwide.

Of course, just because it's called the 'doggy box' doesn't mean the contents have to go into the dog. They can be kept in the fridge and reheated the following day.