Food purchasing, consumption, growing & composting

posted 22.12.2009
Readers... down your Builders surplus supply.  We're in a festive mood here at Recipro. The turkeys have been purchased and Grandma's itching to help out with the Christmas Pudding. This post looks at a number of behaviours relating to food purchasing and consumption at home as well as growing your own fruit and vegetables and composting in the garden. Table 22 presents the findings for four food-related behaviours using the stages of change response scale employed throughout this report.

Food and Food Waste Change Response Scale

In total almost nine out of ten (88%) respondents reported that they were already wasting less food, with three-quarters (75%) saying they were "already doing this and intend to keep it up" and 13% "already doing this though I'd like to do it more". This shows an increase since 2007, when less than two-thirds (63%) reported they were "already doing this and intend to keep it up".

Nearly half (46%) of respondents with a garden reported that they were already composting household or garden waste (the equivalent of 43% of all respondents), with one fifth (20%) having rejected this behaviour and a further one fifth (20%) having either not heard of this or not thought about it. Those who were already composting household food and garden waste included people who had a compost heap or composter at home as well as those who were using composting collections provided by their council. The majority (62%) of respondents indicated that their council provided a collection for garden waste and a third (34%) for food waste. One half (51%) of all respondents who had a garden said they normally used a council collection for garden waste (a slight decrease from 55% in 2007), and one quarter (25%) of all respondents said they normally used a council collection for food waste (an increase from 20% in 2007).

One third (33%) of respondents with gardens reported that they were already growing their own fruit and vegetables (the equivalent of 30% of all respondents), with a slightly lower proportion (29%) reporting that they had rejected this behaviour. One in ten (10%) were contemplating it whilst nearly one fifth (17%) had either not heard of this or not thought about it.

Of the five measures covered in Table 22 respondents were least likely to be already buying fish from sustainable sources and intending to keep this up (only 26% were at the maintenance stage). A large group of respondents (43%) were classified at the pre-contemplation stage – indicating that they had either never heard about this or that they had not really given it any thought. A relatively high proportion (17%) of respondents were left unclassified on this measure, which included just over one in ten (12%) answering not applicable (implying that not all consumers buy fish).

Category: environment, general, recycling