How to Reduce Food Waste and Increase Sustainability

    Studies have shown an alarming increase of food waste all over the world with the USA being the leader, and not enough awareness not only in the food and beverage industry but also on an individual level.

    This is all the more sad knowing how many countries suffer from lack off food and water.

    Cape Town is the first to face the danger of water waste, approaching the day of the drought, this is alarming for the rest of the world and it should be an eye opener.

    Lately organisations like ReFED and Food Waste Reduction Alliance, have united to increase awareness and trigger an alarm signal all over the world creating guidelines for good practices on how to reduce food and water waste.

    How To Create Awareness

    One of the first and most important ways to reduce food and water waste is Awareness. It can be achieved in many ways and on many levels such as:

      • in the media, by creating national campaigns in television, radio, brochures, posters
      • in schools, by teaching kids and teenagers the effects of food and water waste and how to improve reduction. Also by practicing such as cooking classes and different workshops
      • each restaurant owner individually to educate their staff in what exactly waste means and what can be done to reduce it.


    How To Apply The Best Sustainability Practices

    The second most important is Sustainability.  Some of the easiest and most efficient trends and practices of sustainability also supported by the National Restaurant Association, that most responsible restaurants and food service owners are taking are:

      • Using energy saving lighting, like sensor system lighting in certain areas, programmed heating systems, thermostat air conditioners.
      • Donating remaining unused food to charities and individuals in need instead of throwing away perfectly good food. There are food banks all over the world that will even come and collect non-perishable food or even leftovers from events and distribute it to those in need.
      • Saving water by using low-flush toilets that uses as little as 1.6 gallons of water for a flush, comparing to a standard one can can use from 3.5 to 7 gallons for a flush, not to mention the cost saving using these new toilets.


    Food waste has contributed to excess consumption of fresh water and emission of CO2 from food decomposition that impacts the global climate change. More than this, there is a food shortage in the world and an increase in the agricultural production is in need, unfortunately this has been proven more difficult than expected due to the climate change.

    Food waste increase in the recent years shows the lack of education and awareness mostly caused by little economy knowledge, poor stock management or neglect when it comes to quantity purchase of individuals and restaurants.

    In conclusion, if everybody will educate in what the real implications of food waste are and how to contribute to the sustainability, probably would not be long until the global food waste situation will improve and along with it, the global climate as well.

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