Lesson 5: Waste less…in practice!

Having analyzed the link between educational poverty, welfare and food waste, we would like to provide the tools to promote youth well-being when it comes to food waste and possible solutions.

What can we do to waste less and be more sensitive to the issues analyzed in this chapter?

It is true that, unfortunately, what we do is not enough: certainly, these issues require action at the institutional level, and some steps have already been taken (ad hoc laws at the national level, the adoption of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy), but without a doubt each of us can give his/her/their own contribution.

Paying attention to what you eat

(and what you waste),

being physically active, and learning more about food and yourself

can help you reach a more

sustainable lifestyle

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Change starts with small daily gestures

Without intending to deliver an exhaustive list, but with the goal of providing suggestions to start wasting less and coping with food waste in our daily actions, we will provide insights – let’s say “food for thoughts” – into how less educational poverty and more education in nutrition field means promoting well-being not only for young people.

At the end of this module, a useful exercise might be to pay attention to the gestures we make during our days that allow us not to waste food, while also contributing to our physical and mental health.

There are a number of apps – Too Good To Go, to name one – that allow us to benefit from leftover food from supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants, buying at lower prices and generating new jobs in a sector – that of food waste – that would otherwise risk being deleterious to economic and social well-being.

Keeping track of waste in the home or office can be another useful way to reverse the trend and begin to consume more consciously: writing down in a diary the food wasted and consumed in a week or in a day can help us understand how to avoid waste and “reuse” leftovers.

Do you think there are other ways – also at institutional level – to raise awareness about food waste and sustainability? Do you know about any good practice at national or international level?