How much food (and money) does your family throw out every day, every week, or every year? Here are some surprising food waste statistics to chew on.
Americans throw away $165 billion of food each year.
40% of food is wasted in the United States every year.
35 million tons of food are wasted in the United States each year.
The average American household throws away $2,200 of food each year.
The average American throws away 300 lbs. of food per year.
More than 20 lbs. of food is wasted per person every month in the United States.
20% of food that the average American buys is never eaten.
90% of food is thrown away too soon.
Reducing food waste by just 15% would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year.
~ Source, The Swag
My first thought was we can’t possibly be throwing out that much food. We’re diligent about eating leftovers, eating from our fridge before shopping, and eating fresh foods first.
As I started to observe what food was going in the trash, however, I realized we were throwing out more than I knew and there was a lot we could improve on.
Here’s what we’ve done over the past few months to reduce the amount of food waste in our kitchen and to save money on our grocery bill.