March 17: Consumers throw out 35% of their food
Annual food waste amounts to $240 billion, or nearly $2,000 per US household.
Source: Speed & Scale
Published: November 2021
Consumers throw out 35% of their food
In the United States, consumers throw out 35% of their food.
Annual waste amounts to $240 billion, or nearly $2,000 per US household. It’s driven by:
Misleading expiration dates on food labels, prompting premature discards of safe and edible items.
Food items rejected at the retail level, often for superficial reasons.
One of the top contributors to at-home food waste is the lack of planning. To help reduce your food waste, make a schedule of when and how you will use your purchased food.
Editor’s note: Companies innovating in this space include Imperfect Foods and Misfits Market.
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Another company innovating in this space is TooGoodToGo. The app helps reduce food waste by partnering with local restaurants and retailers to provide meals/food at discounted prices.