It’s not uncommon to hear someone utter the phrase, “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” as they decide not to finish the meal left on their plates. Unfortunately, the food that isn’t finished will more often than not end up in the trash, as opposed to saved for leftovers or even put in a compost heap.
In the past, we featured a film that was made to show how much quality edible food is being thrown away – yes, the “dumpster divers” can and do really eat out of the trash. But with those extreme cases put aside, it’s still scary to think about how that really affects the environment, not to mention the cost of eating.
In the infographic below, you can see the true statistics of how much food is wasted, albeit from a mainly UK perspective, and some of the stats are pretty surprising.
For instance, did you know that the methane from rotting food is 23 times worse than CO2, or that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted around the globe?
Keep these stats in mind next time you’re about to scrape your plate into the trash, and consider your options to reduce food waste.