Reducing household food waste
The challenge continues!
Reducing food waste is one of the top Drawdown solutions to fight climate change and shrink our collective environmental footprint.
Our six-week challenge offered Toronto residents simple activities and strategies around avoidable food waste. We know that food waste is a big contributor to global warming, but there are so many other benefits to being more mindful of how we use food. Conscientious planning, shopping and consumption benefits our physical health and saves money as well. On a broader scale, it can improve access to food for others and promote more sustainable practices in the food supply chain.
By thinking about where our food comes from, and how our choices affect the resources available to others — now and in the future — we become more active stewards of a healthy and equitable planet.
We are grateful for the participants and partnerships that helped build community around this important issue. We look forward to continuing conversations on the many intersecting solutions to systemic issues within the food sector.
Community Voices: Next Steps
Community leaders share their perspectives on where we go from here to tackle food waste and the systemic challenges around food. This is an important conversation at a time when 1 in 8 Canadians are food insecure in the midst of staggering abundance. This interview was conducted by Erin Andrews, Founder & Executive Director of Impact Zero (@impactzero.ca).
More details…Angelina La is lead of Waste Watchers, a youth-led group working to take action on food waste in the GTHA. Leslie Solomonian is the co-founder of Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental and Social Trust (NEST), to support the naturopathic profession to engage in advocacy for the social and ecological determinants of planetary health. Dr. Antonia Sappong & Lindura Sappong are the co-founders of Plastic Free Toronto, where they work together to educate and inspire their community to deal with issues of environmental pollution, climate change, poverty, and institutionalized racism. Tony Colley is the owner of B12Give, a local company that donates excess food waste from businesses and redistributes it to organizations helping to feed food-insecure communities.
If you want to join the continuing conversation around food waste and explore opportunities to improve our local food system, send us an email.
We have collected all the resources provided to participants during the challenge in one place.
We invited community leader and advocates to talk about the weekly challenges from their perspective. We deeply appreciate their insights. In addition, we direct a special thanks to our partner Erin Andrews, Founder & Executive Director of Impact Zero (@impactzero.ca), who produced the videos.
Click on a challenge to learn more about each one.
Learn about avoidable food waste and complete a household food waste audit
The benefits of pre-planning meals and making shopping lists
Embrace portion control, get creative with leftovers and try a new recipe!
How to prolong food freshness and useful good food safety practices
Shopping Ugly & Composting 101
Shopping for less perfect produce
Measure the impact of your choices with a second audit and learn how to keep new practices.
Food Waste Challenge Champions
Our champions are guides for the challenge.
Lin and Toni Sappong — Plasticfree Toronto
Suki Hon — sukihon.com
Meera Jain — thegreenmum.net
Sofyia Chorniy — @sofiyalovesnature
Angelina La , Bridget Carter-Whitney, Christina Li, Maleeha Mehreen, Jerry Wang — @Food Unity
Sharing Anishnawbe teachings around food
We are grateful to Melissa Stevensons and John LaForme, from the Anishnawbe Health Foundation, for sharing their teachings with us. The foundation supports Anishnawbe Health Toronto, which provides health services grounded in indigenous culture and knowledge to Toronto’s indigenous population. In thanks for their generosity, you are welcomed to make a donation in Melissa or John’s name to support the foundation.
We are thankful to be in collaboration with the following partners for this initiative: Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental & Social Trust (NEST), Impact Zero, Waste Watchers, Wasteless.food, EcoLogos/WaterDocs, Canadian Climate Challenge, Plasticfree Toronto and EcoCaledon.
Just Eat It Toronto has been modelled after a similar campaign designed and run by Dufferin County, the “Plan to Save: Food Waste Reduction” initiative. We thank them for sharing their resources and findings with Drawdown Toronto.