Could Food Waste Be Worse For the Environment Than Plastic?

If you're reading this, then reducing your carbon footprint is likely a goal of yours. One of the first steps to lowering your climate impact is to understand where that impact is coming from.


Today, much of media attention given to the waste and climate crisis is afforded to plastic waste. For example, we're encouraged to:


- use reusable bags at the grocery store

- recycle our plastic, glass, metal and paper waste

- use paper straws, or refuse straws in general


And these are all excellent tips, which we should all be following. However, is limiting plastic waste really the be-all-end-all of ending the climate crisis?



Food waste: what are the key figures?


Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. To put this into perspective:


- Up to 1/3 of all food produced globally is wasted

- the value of wasted food is 1 trillion dollars (USD) per year

- the amount of food wasted every year could feed 2 billion people - enough to feed the world's hungry 2.5 times over


With the risk of global warming becoming more apparent every day, it’s never been more important to realize the impact of the food waste problem.


Read on to discover how food waste is potentially much worse for the environment than plastic, and find out how you can recycle food waste more effectively.



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