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Unnamed By National Zero Waste Council
June 11, 2020

Less Food Loss and Waste, Less Packaging Waste


The food loss and waste (FLW) that occurs throughout the value chain, with its associated impact on economic, environmental, and social aspects, is at crisis levels. In Canada alone, each year, 11.2 million metric tonnes of food is lost. Much of this avoidable FLW is edible and could be redirected to support people in our communities who are food insecure. The total financial value of this potentially rescuable food is $49.46 billion. 

The goal of this research was to identify how FLW and packaging waste and their combined CO2E emissions could be reduced. The research established an objective, defensible perspective on the relationship between preventing FLW occurring in 12 types of foods and beverages, and the utilization of different packaging solutions.

Learn about NZWC's recommended interventions to drive systemic change in the food industry HERE


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