Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Denise Boudreau

How Might We

... reduce and re-purpose household food waste?



Canadians waste $31 billion of food annually. It is alarming to discover that 47% of that food waste takes place within the home. Not only does household food waste create fi nancial losses, with the average household throwing away $1,456 worth of food annually, but it also releases methane into the environment directly contributing to climate change. Methane is a greenhouse gas that has 21 times the global warming potential than carbon dioxide.

While there are numerous organizations and non-profits that address food waste on a commercial level, household food waste is the single biggest contributor to food waste and is most often overlooked. Reducing household food waste is a tangible goal. With a little awareness and involvement, household food waste can be countered.