Through the six weeks of the challenge, we invited you to carry out some simple activities focused on different aspects of food use and waste such as mapping your waste, creatively using leftovers, planning meals, applying smarter shopping strategies, and decoding best before labels. 

We’ve included links to all the resources, information, tools and methods on this page to support the maintaining of these new habits and to facilitate further sharing to help create positive change.

Food waste facts

63%

Of the food that is thrown away every year, 63% is edible. It could have been eaten!

$1,100

On average, Canadian households throw out 140 kilograms of food every year, worth more than 1,100 dollars.

2.2 million

Across Canada, the result is that 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is lost every year, at a cost of more than $17 billion.

Resources

Food waste

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Avoidable Food WasteLove Food Hate Waste CanadaFood Waste In The Homehttps://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/about/food-waste/ 

Meal planning

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Avoidable Food WasteLove Food Hate Waste CanadaFood Waste In The Homehttps://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/about/food-waste/ 
Meal PlanningLFHWCChef Bob Blumer’s tips for reducing food waste (intro video)https://youtu.be/kmC0YS7CXSA     
PlanningCity of Toronto – Live Green & Toronto Public Health Rethink Food – Stop food waste at homehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TOYdQZu0E&feature=emb_title 
Meal Planning Apps– Meal Time- Whisk- Big Ovenhttps://www.mealime.com/
https://whisk.com/ 
https://www.bigoven.com/ 
Meal PlanningJust Eat It Toronto! Food Waste ChallengeJEIT Meal-Plan PDFhttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/JEIT-meal-plan.pdf 

Leftovers

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Loving Leftovers Lettuce Eat Healthy10 Creative Ways to use leftovershttps://lettuceathealthy.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/10-creative-ways-to-use-leftovers/ 
LeftoversLove Food Hate Waste CanadaRecipe Ideashttps://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/use-it-up/recipes-ideas/ 
LeftoversLFHWCFive Ways To Revive Foodhttps://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/use-it-up/five-ways-to-revive-food/ 
Zero Waste TipsLFHWCBob Blumer’s Zero Waste tips & recipe serieshttps://lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/bobs-zero-waste-tips/ 
Reality ShowNetflixBest Leftovers Everhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMPxve4p4Cg 

Dates

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Food Dates E-CourseSecond HarvestUnderstanding Food Date Labels in Canadahttps://training.secondharvest.ca/login/index.php 
Food SafetyGovernment of CanadaHow to read date labels and packaginghttps://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/general-food-safety-tips/how-read-food-date-labels-packaging.html 
Food Storage – Fridge GuideLove Food Hate WasteWhere you store food in your fridge mattershttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LFHW-NZWC-Fridge_Infographic_1500x1450px_Eng-1-1024×990-1.pdf 
Food LongevitySecond HarvestFood Consumption Timetablehttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Second-Harvest-Donation-Consumption-Guide.pdf 
Extending Food FreshnessSweet Simple VeganHow to make produce last longerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4doYb2d2sTg&feature=emb_title 
Extending the life of your produceDavid Suzuki Foundation – Queen of GreenHelp End Food Wastehttps://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/help-end-food-waste/ 

Organic waste

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
City Green Bin WasteCity of TorontoWhat Happens To Organics?https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/houses/what-happens-to-organics/ 
City Green Bin WasteCity of TorontoTurning Waste Into Renewable Natural Gashttps://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/houses/what-happens-to-organics/ 

Composting

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
CompostKiss The GroundThe Compost Story (full version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqDQD8cvO5Y&feature=emb_title 
Vermi-compostingHomestead and Chill Vermicomposting 101: How to Create and Maintain a Simple Worm Bin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF-jzWKMdwE 
Vermi-compostingYour Eco Friend – Sophi Robertson Composting With Wormshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhmDvYr1aIo 

Water

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Water Waste in Food WasteBarilla Centre for Food & NutritionThe Water We Eat – Do You KNow How Much Water You Eat Everyday?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRXNo7Ieky8&feature=emb_title 
Water WasteWater Footprint CalculatorWater In Your Foodhttps://www.watercalculator.org/water-footprints-101/water-in-your-food/ 

Videos

TitleCreatorLink
Kiss The Ground (On Netflix)Kiss The GroundTrailer: https://kisstheground.com/ 
Just Eat It!Link to rent/buy and see trailer: https://foodwastemovie.com 
Wasted: The Story of Food WasteTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcVNFJn7Ng 
Sustainable Link to trailer and to rent: https://sustainablefoodfilm.com 
Ten Stories About Food Waste ElectroluxLink to all videos: https://www.electroluxgroup.com/en/ten-stories-about-food-waste-documentary-invites-to-change-24210/ 

For kids and families

TopicSourceResource TitleLink
Food Waste BasicsEcocaledonTake Five For The Earthhttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Take-Five-for-the-Earth-Food-Basics.pdf
Food Waste Factshttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Take-Five-for-the-Earth-Whats-the-Big-Deal-about-Food-Waste.pdf 
Empty Fridge Souphttps://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/food-waste-challenge/week-3/#gallery 
Food footprintsWhat size is your Foodprint?https://drawdowntoronto.ca/wp/food-waste-challenge/week-4/#gallery-3 
Composting Program For SchoolsHighfields Centrehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRXNo7Ieky8&feature=emb_title