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lights out for earth hour

WWF's earth hour is this saturday 31st march at 8.30pm

This Saturday is WWF's Earth Hour, when hundreds of millions of people, businesses and retired wrestlers around the world will be turning off their lights at 8.30pm to show their support for the planet. So whether you fancy a nice moonlit walk, a bit of dancing in the dark or a candlelit meal with friends, just make sure you switch off the lights and any other electrical items you can do without (perhaps not the freezer) at 8.30pm sharp. And hopefully while the lights are off, it will get us all thinking about what we can do beyond the hour to help protect this brilliant world we live in.

Watch the video and find out more.

will you shower with me?

It's World Water Day today. We waste too much water. Wasting water isn't cool. Here are three ways you can do your bit and save a bit of water:

1. Don't shower for a day (enjoy the musty odour)

2. Take a shorter shower

3. Share a shower with someone (preferably someone you know)

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forgotten feast

Our friends at Forgotten Feast have lined up another fantastic event for fans of good food and great company. Next Friday 9th March at 7pm, they'll be serving up an elaborate Moorish banquet made entirely from surplus produce at The Russet, Hackney Downs Studios.

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Surplus food is delicious, healthy produce that hasn’t made it into the shops because too much was ordered, it’s in the wrong packaging or it’s just a bit wonky. And by coming to this event you'll be saving food that would otherwise go to waste, and also helping raise awareness of the problem.

You can get tickets here, and £1 from each meal will go directly to FareShare which will in turn help feed 4 hungry people. Everyone will be sitting together for the meal, so come with friends or come alone and make new ones. All make sure you come hungry, as there's plenty to go around.

'tis the season...

...to be eating cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes, celeriac and purple sprouting broccoli. Fruit fans should wrap their chops around British apples and pears.

A tasty veg curry and some baked fruit sound pretty good to us.

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You can find more recipes and tips for reducing food waste at Love Food Hate Waste, and up to date information on what's in season at Eat The Seasons.

valentines for everyone

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Fancy something different to an overpriced heart shaped pizza in a restaurant packed to the rafters with shiny balloons this year? Then look no further, because this Valentine's weekend, our friends at food charity FareShare are collaborating with Forgotten Feast and their eco-chef Tom Hunt to produce a unique 3 course banqueting experience – Valentines for Everyone.

For £40 you'll get a fantastic 3 course feast of delicious but unwanted food that might otherwise end up in landfill. Not because there's something wrong with it, but because too much was ordered, it was in the wrong packaging or it was just a bit wonky.

Vegetarians and meat eaters will both be catered for and everyone will sit together for the feast, so even if you don't have a date you won't have to dine alone. The banquet will be held in FareShare’s east London warehouse, and every ticket sold will enable FareShare to provide an additional 80 meals for the hungry and vulnerable people they support, thanks to grant-giving charity StreetSmart who are generously matching the number of meals raised though ticket sales. FareShare rescues surplus food year round and delivers it to local charities all over the country.

Tickets are available for dinner Friday 10th February, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th (late lunch) and for dinner on Valentine’s Day itself and include 3 courses, a drink and canapés. Get them here.

And to see the work we've been doing recently to prevent perfectly good fruit from going to waste then take a look at our taste not waste project here.