Wasting food doesn’t just waste your time and money, it also impacts the environment. That’s because when food breaks down in landfill, it generates methane—a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide and a major cause of climate change.
The food sent to landfill also releases nutrients that can filter through the soil and waterways, polluting the environment for generations to come. When we throw away food, we’re also throwing away all the natural resources like water and energy that went into growing, packaging, producing, transporting, selling and preparing your food.
By 2050, it’s expected that the world will need to produce twice as much food in a climate that may be vastly different to today. We simply can’t afford to waste precious resources like food. The good news is that we can all be part of the solution, by making simple changes at home and work to reduce the amount of edible food we throw away.