Tips to help you reduce food waste.

Mar 3, 2022 • 3 MIN READ

Food waste simply refers to any edible food that ends up in the bin. It can be thrown away by farms, shops, restaurants, or in your home. Food waste also happens as a result of industry standards. Producers assume that people will only buy the most 'normal' looking products. As a result, they throw away the 'imperfect' ones before they even reach you on supermarket shelves.

By understanding the problem and making conscious decisions we can rescue food, and reduce the CO2 emissions caused as a result of this waste.

Lame reasons for wasting food

Did you know?

  • Saving food from being wasted, is environmentally smarter than eliminating cars and flights
  • 100 rescued bananas equal as much greenhouse gas emissions as 20 cars
  • Not all plastic is bad! Plastic-packed food can often result in the food being kept edible for longer and not wasted
  • Nuts have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions - trees bind carbon dioxide

Here are 4 tips to help you reduce food waste

  1. Plan your meals ahead of going shopping. Review what you already have at home, and then what you need. When you shop with a thought out list you decrease the risk of food waste occurring
  2. Storing all your food correctly will extend the life of your produce. Things to keep in the fridge: carrots, mushrooms, cucumbers, strawberries, leeks, lettuce & mature avocados. Things to keep out of the fridge: potatoes, lemons, apples, tomatoes, garlic, onions & aubergines
  3. Smell and taste, before you waste. Did you know that 'best before' is a guideline and not a rule? You're not alone, 53% of people don't realize. Plus, plastic isn't always the enemy. Sometimes plastic-packaged food can actually be an environmentally smart move, to keep products lasting longer. To be remembered!
  4. Use Ayazona app to rescue food from local businesses, before it ends up in the bin

Some interesting facts

  • The food industry accounts for 26% of all greenhouse gas emissions vs 2% from airplanes
  • The impact of food waste is 4 times greater than the impact of all flights in the world combined
  • Food waste has increased by 204% since 1960 and 50% since 1990
  • Yearly CO2 emissions from food waste amount to the equivalent of 3 million cars on the road

What about food transportation?

Food transport accounts for an extremely small proportion of emissions in the food industry. In fact, only about 5% of the food's total carbon dioxide emissions come from transport. For meat on its own, transport accounts for far below 1% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

*This article is based on Karmalicious AB findings

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Assuming average person’s diet is 2000 kcal per day, divided over three meals:

  • High meat eater: 2.4 kg CO2 per meal
  • Low meat eater: 1.6 kg CO2 per meal (used in our calculations)
  • Vegetarian: 1.3 kg CO2 per meal

The average passenger vehicle emits about 252 grams of CO2 per 1 km:

Emissions of 100 gram per passenger kilometre for large jet airplanes, and 134 kg CO2 per hour for a plane flying at 850 km per hour:

Food 26% of total global emission:

Airplanes 2% of total global emission:

Emissions per food category (CO2 per kg food produced):

Transport, packaging vs eating local:

Emissions of a organic t-shirt is around 4 kg CO2:

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