Of­fer­ing a bet­ter so­lu­tion

David Jones on how we can cut down on waste – and help those in need

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

A GOV­ERN­MENT ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing su­per­mar­kets to re­duce their lev­els of waste was an­nounced last week.

Bargain of­fers such as two for the price of one are be­ing ac­tively dis­cour­aged, as they are the main rea­son that fam­i­lies on av­er­age waste an es­ti­mated £700 a year on food that is even­tu­ally binned.

In most cases it’s be­cause we are be­ing nudged into fall­ing for these bargain of­fers which is adding to food waste and is be­com­ing a ma­jor is­sue in most de­vel­oped coun­tries.

It’s no won­der that, if a re­cent re­port is to be be­lieved, we ac­tu­ally throw away about a third of what we buy – that’s quite a lot of food, much of which, I sus­pect, we put in the trol­ley on the spur of the mo­ment when of­fers like that seem ir­re­sistible.

The say­ing “waste not want not” re­mains sound ad­vice which can make a real dif­fer­ence. Did I re­ally need those ex­tra items that ended up in the bin? Of course not.

What’s the ad­van­tage of some­thing if it’s half price and even­tu­ally be­comes a mouldy mass in the fridge?

Per­haps the money could have been bet­ter spent as a gift to those in greatest need within our com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially when we hear of more fam­i­lies de­pen­dent on food banks than ever be­fore.

Even giv­ing away those ex­tras we get from those of­fers could make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of those who are strug­gling.

To ig­nore the needs of oth­ers is to deny them even the pos­si­bil­ity of a bet­ter to­mor­row, and of us never know­ing what real joy there is in giv­ing.

This week is Chris­tian Aid week when churches of all de­nom­i­na­tions and none work to­gether to raise money for those in greatest need in our world.

Je­sus gave new un­der­stand­ing of what it means to be a good neigh­bour when he spoke of go­ing the ex­tra mile and of car­ing for those be­yond our loved ones and friends.

The Apos­tle Paul speaks of the elo­quence and ex­cel­lence of men and of angels, but if we are lack­ing in love for our neigh­bour then our preach­ing is like a clang­ing bell or a noisy cym­bal. So, whether it’s the fam­ily up the road who are strug­gling to make ends meet or com­mu­ni­ties in some parts of Africa who are cry­ing out for our help – can we re­ally pass by on the other side?

Your lo­cal church/ chapel is col­lect­ing this Chris­tian Aid week to help those in need – give them your sup­port.

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