When we’re finishing up a delicious home cooked meal, we often take our plates over to the bin and scrape away the leftovers without giving it a moment’s thought. If it’s not enough to warrant another serving, why keep it? This casual disposal of leftover is common throughout the UK and countless other countries, but what impact might this small act be having on the problem of global food waste?
The figures above aren’t just alarming, they’re astronomical. Throwing away food is something that we all do subconsciously every day, and while we can take steps to shop more responsibly and cook smaller portions, a little bit of waste at the end of the day is almost inescapable at times – particularly if you’re cooking for a big family. What you can control, however, is how that waste is managed. Imagine the good you could do with just a small change to how you disposed of your leftovers…
Now, picture how easy it would be to make a difference directly from your home. It would mean less waste to take to landfill, and you’ll have an odour-free, hygienically clean kitchen without worrying about yesterday evening’s leftovers sitting in your bin. We simply need to think differently about the amount of waste we produce, and how to better manage it from day-to-day.
This is already starting to become an easier process with the emergence of apps who are tackling food waste from the suppliers side of things, as they can now buy and sell excess produce.
Around the world, dozens of apps are directing perfectly good food away from bins and into rumbling stomachs. From redistributing leftovers to poorer communities in LEDC’s to luring Dutch shoppers into supermarkets to buy lingering produce, app designers are finding ways to stem the flow of food to landfill. Here’s why you should consider jumping on the band wagon:
Infographic Source: Insinkerator