Reduce Waste

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One of the most effective things we can do to solve climate change is to stop wasting resources like food which is also great for our bank accounts and our environment.

Why is this important?

Food waste alone is massive. If it was a country, it would be the third highest emitter of climate pollution after the US and China! (Source)

More than a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste but it is possible through easy, practical steps to play your role and save food as well as other products.

Everything we consume has a climate impact and by acting smarter together we can reduce, reuse and recycle sources of waste to achieve a safe climate future and restore our natural world.

Key Actions


Reduce Food Waste

By taking steps to save food we can reduce an emission source the same size as 37 million cars, protect the environment, and ultimately have more money to spend each week (Source)


Action:

  1. Use these simple steps daily to reduce food waste from this guide from the EPA. 

  2. Check out these useful resources from Love Food Hate Waste including an A-Z which foods can be stored, a portion planner, leftover recipes and more.

  3. Reduce waste while eating out with these great tips from I Value Food.

  4. Fight food waste at high school or college by joining the Food Recovery Network, the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.


Reduce Food Waste


By taking steps to save food we can reduce an emission source the same size as 37 million cars, protect the environment, and ultimately have more money to spend each week (Source)

Action:

  1. Use these simple steps daily to reduce food waste from this guide from the EPA. 

  2. Check out these useful resources from Love Food Hate Waste including an A-Z which foods can be stored, a portion planner, leftover recipes and more.

  3. Reduce waste while eating out with these great tips from I Value Food.

  4. Fight food waste at high school or college by joining the Food Recovery Network, the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.

Reduce waste at home

The choices you make as a consumer can be powerful in reducing waste and protecting our climate.


Action:

  1. Reduce your plastic usage with these tips from Iberdrola; or for a more extensive guide check out My Plastic Free Life’s 100 steps.

  2. Make sure you recycle what plastic you use. Read this article to learn what plastics to recycle and how to dispose of the ones you can’t.

  3. Avoid single-use products, fast-fashion and purchase quality items that last a long time.

  4. Repair and reuse items or give them a second life by selling or giving them away.

  5. Use your voice and money as a consumer to urge companies to design their products to minimize waste and packaging and be easily recyclable.

  6. Ask outlets you do shop at to give you a minimally packaged option, or just carry a reusable bag with you while shopping. 


Reduce waste at home


The choices you make as a consumer can be powerful in reducing waste and protecting our climate.

Action:

  1. Reduce your plastic usage with these tips from Iberdrola; or for a more extensive guide check out My Plastic Free Life’s 100 steps.

  2. Make sure you recycle what plastic you use. Read this article to learn what plastics to recycle and how to dispose of the ones you can’t.

  3. Avoid single-use products, fast-fashion and purchase quality items that last a long time.

  4. Repair and reuse items or give them a second life by selling or giving them away.

  5. Use your voice and money as a consumer to urge companies to design their products to minimize waste and packaging and be easily recyclable.

  6. Ask outlets you do shop at to give you a minimally packaged option, or just carry a reusable bag with you while shopping. 

Reduce food waste through composting

Throwing away 3kg of edible food results in greenhouse gases equivalent to 23kg of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. (Source) Compost and let nature do the work in turning food waste from a problem into a resource. This resource can be sold or used in your backyard to improve plant health. 


Action:

  1. Learn how to create an outdoor composting system for your backyard or indoor composting bin with helpful guides from the EPA.

  2. Find people who want your food waste to compost at MakeSoil. 

  3. Use Compost Now if you are unable to create your own compost.


Reduce food waste through composting


Throwing away 3kg of edible food results in greenhouse gases equivalent to 23kg of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. (Source) Compost and let nature do the work in turning food waste from a problem into a resource. This resource can be sold or used in your backyard to improve plant health. 

Action:

  1. Learn how to create an outdoor composting system for your backyard or indoor composting bin with helpful guides from the EPA.

  2. Find people who want your food waste to compost at MakeSoil. 

  3. Use Compost Now if you are unable to create your own compost.

Separate your waste

This is an important step towards reducing waste. Once segregated, you can then efficiently dispose of the waste.


Action:

Use this wastecheck guide to segregate.


Separate your waste


This is an important step towards reducing waste. Once segregated, you can then efficiently dispose of the waste.

Action:

Use this wastecheck guide to segregate.

How it adds up

Global emissions from food waste are nearly equivalent to those from global road transport. (source

The amount of waste you can save every 100 days is equivalent to 1 acre of trees’ sequestering carbon for a year (Source).

More than a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. In the US alone, emissions from food waste in a given year are equivalent to those from 37 million cars (Source).

Further, the average ‘Western’ citizen creates about 100 kgs of plastic a year- equivalent to 600kg of CO2 (Source),(Source). Using plastic also aids large oil companies, creates devastates wildlife, and necessitates emissions during disposal. 




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