An enormous part of the food produced in the world is left uneaten, every day: up to one third of all food ends up as waste. Food that is wasted doesn’t nourish anyone, yet producing it burdens the environment.
Food waste is one of the most significant causes of greenhouse gases. Reducing food waste therefore plays a central role when we aim to reduce food’s impact on the environment, and to prevent climate change.
We want to do good for people and the planet, to create meaningful food and moments of joy that make each day a little better. That is why we work continuously to reduce food waste in all our operations, in all phases of production. This is one of the four main goals of our sustainability program and we are committed to reducing food waste by half by 2030.
Smart packaging reduces food waste
Food waste is created in all phases of food production – but most of all it is created in homes. What happens to food on the way from the grocery store shelf to the plates of ordinary families plays a key role in reducing food waste.
This is where packaging solutions step in: A good package protects the product so it stays well during transportation and is still tempting when it arrives in your kitchen - and remains edible for longer.
The environmental impacts of plastic have been much discussed over the last few years, and for very good reasons. We at Fazer analyse carefully where we really need plastic packaging and where can reduce the amount of plastic by by tailoring our packaging to fit the product tightly, or by using thinner plastic sheets, for example.
But plastic is not only merely the culprit in preventing climate change: Plastic packaging is often unparalleled in protecting food products. Our packaging specialists actively search for new innovations and packaging materials – and always carefully consider when plastic is needed to reduce food waste. But it is worth remembering that food waste often has a bigger carbon footprint than the plastic packaging that could prevent food waste.
Sorting waste boosts circular economy
Food waste can be created in various points, in all phases of food production. We have trained our staff to identify these points. When we know where food is wasted, we can also find solutions to cut down on the amount of food waste.
But some food waste will always be created, and we cooperate with various actors to make use of our waste in circular economy. Food that can no longer be eaten can still be used to make biodiesel, for example.
In the last few years, we have also introduced new products that turn potential food waste into tasty novelties. For example, we started collecting misshapen or miscoloured candies – the slightly imperfect sweets - into their own tailored candy bags and selling them – and these sweet mistakes turned out to be a real hit.
Every action counts – join us in the quest to reduce food waste!
All of us eat food every day – and all of us can help reduce food waste in our everyday lives. Every day.
In the grocery store you can choose lonely or brownish bananas or fill your basket with slightly misshapen veggies. If you plan to eat the product soon, choose a package with a best before date coming up soon.
When enjoying a buffet lunch in a restaurant, think twice before adding extra scoops of food on your plate – start with smaller portions and return for more if you still feel hungry. Heaped platefuls often tend to be left unfinished and end up in the waste bin.
A quick inventory of the contents of your fridge before going grocery shopping can help avoid buying more than you can consume. And if you take a moment to plan what you cook and how many will be eating it – and cook just enough food at a time - the results of your cooking will be more likely to disappear into hungry mouths than to end up as food waste.
Packaging and smart storage is important at home, too. When you store food in appropriate packages and temperatures, it stays tasty and edible for longer.
These are the little choices we make in our everyday lives. These choices make a difference to how much food ends up wasted, and together we can create a change that makes a huge difference on the environment - and helps prevent climate change.
Step by step, one meaningful moment at a time, we can make each day a little better.