According to the 2019 Drawdown report, reducing food waste could stop 87 billion tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere by 2050.
To put this into perspective, Amazon's carbon footprint was 44.4 million tonnes in 2018 and the average American has a 20 tonne per year carbon footprint.
So reducing food waste has the same impact as stopping the emissions of 4.35 billion American's! So what does this mean for you?
When we put food waste in our bins it ends up in landfill where it decays in a low oxygen environment to produce methane. Methane is 25x more potent as a GHG than CO2 so it is vital we stop this.
If done correctly, composting food waste will produce CO2 instead of methane making the problem 25x better.
However, if you just throw all your veg scraps in a compost bin it will most likely turn anaerobic and produce methane. This is because you aren't allowing air to pass through the pile.
Try adding a mixture of wood chip and other garden waste to keep the pile open.
TOP TIP: Adding Biochar to your compost bin cuts methane emissions by 40% whilst speeding up the process and boosting it's water and nutrient holding ability. ♻️