The average Australian family throws away $1,036 of food a year. Plus Australia has the highest food waste generation per capita, according to the Food Sustainability Index.
Over 5 million tonnes of food is wasted a year in Australia, that’s about 140kg per person, and enough to fill 9,000 Olympic swimming pools!
Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road. Globally, less than 3% of food waste is recycled, which means food waste takes up more than 20% of our landfill.
If wasted food were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China.
7 tips to reduce food waste
Write a shopping list and stick to it. Don’t be tempted by supermarket offers, it’s their sneaky way to get you to buy more than you need.
It’ll save you time, money and help the planet out too.
Buy loose fruit and veg
You can choose how many pieces you actually need, and reduce plastic waste.
Ditch the takeaways
When you have food to eat in the fridge.
Don’t shop hungry
Otherwise we tend to buy more than we need. Have a snack before you set off to the shops so you’re not tempted.
Compost your food scraps
To prevent food waste going to landfill. When food rots in landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas which is 25% more potent that CO2.
Contact your council and ask for a food waste bin, if they don’t offer this service pester them until they do.
Use your compost to grow your own food
Compost is full of nitrogen which plants need to grow and build protein.
By returning food waste to compost, not sending it to landfill in a plastic bag, you are helping to contribute to a healthy environment to grow more food!
For every 1,000 people who make this pledge for 6 months, we will...