The main causes of, and how to reduce, food waste

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global-food-waste-issues-myzerowasteThis week I came across Appetti; a food and beverage marketing platform for restaurants, cafes and hotels in SE Asia.

They’ve started to look at food waste in both homes and commercially and discovered some pretty alarming statistics.

Fortunately, rather than just spend a few moments thinking how horrendous it is, Appetti want to make a difference!

They’re going to be raising awareness, not only to their users but their merchants, via social media channels and their blog.

And they invited me to join in.

Well as you know, there’s nothing I love more than to fly the flag for reducing food waste! Not only is it costing us money (the average Brit throws away £60 of food per month), but there is so much embedded energy in wasted food – think about the water, fertiliser, manpower, transport and packaging it takes to get food onto the shelves for you to buy. Then there’s the moral issue – while some of us throw away perfectly edible food, one in nine people go to bed hungry every night.

There are many reasons why we waste food – from not taking an inventory before you shop (and ending up with more than you need), to cooking to much then throwing away what’s left to poor storage that results in food going off.

Take a look at the infographic below, created by an in-house artist at Appetti to find out what YOU can do to reduce your food waste. Then check out their website where not only will you find some of the best places to eat, but you can follow their blog where you’ll discover a broad range of interesting articles from traditional street food to the health benefits of yogurt, to dog friendly eating establishments and even hangover cures!

Are there any restaurants or cafes you’ve come across that are particularly good at tackling food waste?


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. david3729 says:

    That was the painful reality why we experience food waste. I hope that infographic serve as realization to us. Thanks!

  2. jadwriter says:

    I do try to not waste food if I can. Fruit and veg go into a compost caddy which then gets put in one of our compost bins.

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