Food is too good to waste!
At 18 Reasons, everything we do is built on a foundation of our shared passion for food. Every stage of the life cycle of our ingredients is important, from farm to fork, but what about all the food that we grow that is never eaten? In California, we waste about 40% of our food, and with 13% of Bay Area children living in food insecure households, we just can't accept this level of waste. We’re challenging ourselves and our community to look more closely at how we contribute to this issue.
Join our Stop Food Waste Challenge
Please join us in tackling the issue of household food waste by completing our week-long Stop Food Waste Challenge. The challenge consists of a pre- and post-survey, a 10-minute pre- and post-fridge reality check, and a brief week-long daily food waste log. The total time the challenge will take you about 60-90 minutes over the course of your challenge week.
1. Start the challenge by completing the pre-survey.
2. Then, move on to the preliminary 10-minute fridge reality check.
3. After you do your fridge reality check, you can begin your week-long daily food waste logs.
- day 1 food waste log
- day 2 food waste log
- day 3 food waste log
- day 4 food waste log
- day 5 food waste log
- day 6 food waste log
- day 7 food waste log
4. After you finish your week of food waste logs, it's time for your final 10-minute fridge reality check.
5. Finally, take the post-survey.
Why do we care about food waste?
- Wasted food is a social problem: Wholesome, nutritious food should feed people, not landfills.
- Wasted food is an environmental problem: Food is the largest source of American trash. Once wasted food reaches landfills, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Throwing away food wastes the water, gasoline, energy, labor, pesticides, land, and fertilizers used to make the food. When we throw food in the trash, we’re throwing away much more than the food itself.
- Wasted food is an economic issue: It is estimated that at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, food loss and waste totals $218 billion dollars.
- Shop and plan smartly
- Store groceries properly
- The freezer is your friend!
We all waste food, but by making small changes we reduce our impact. Plan ahead and store food properly to reduce food waste. Give away extra or unwanted food to friends, family, neighbors and those in need. Food that can’t be eaten should be composted! By sending food scraps to a composting facility instead of to a landfill or composting at home, you’re helping make healthy soils. Properly composted organics (wasted food and yard waste) improve soil health and structure, improve water retention, support more native plants, and reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides.