Why do people store excess food

No more food waste

1.3 billion tons of food end up in the garbage every year and at the same time 690 million people worldwide go hungry. A third of what is produced worldwide is lost because it was damaged during manufacture or transportation, or because it spoils in warehouses, shops and households.

Around 75 kilograms of food end up in the trash per capita and year in Germany!

In Germany alone, around 12 million tons of food are wasted every year. This is not just a waste of money - the real price of our consumption is much higher.

Where do the raw materials for our food come from?

We use the resources of others - their land, their labor, their water. So let's not waste it! There are many ways to save food. Here are some action ideas:

Here's what you can do about food waste

  • Saving food while shopping: a crooked cucumber, a tin with a dent, a mango with a scar. If everyone only buys the pristine groceries, the rest is left over, eventually sorted out and thrown away. Stay away from giant packages - they may spoil before they are used up.
     
  • Buy food regionally: Products from the region are fresher and richer in content than unripe harvested tropical fruits. A pineapple has significantly higher transportation and environmental costs than a locally grown apple.
     
  • Saving food in the refrigerator: sort new food to the back, older ones to the front. Transfer open canned food into containers made of glass, metal or plastic. Vegetables belong in the vegetable drawer.
     
  • Sharing food: Are there any leftovers from yesterday's party? It's Sunday and you're missing two eggs for baking a cake? Via foodsharing platforms (www.foodsharing.de) private individuals, retailers or producers can offer or collect surplus food free of charge. Alternatively, you can ask people in the neighborhood whether they are open to sharing food and, for example, set up a food sharing box in the hallway.

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