Food thrown away is an environmental issue

A Finnish household throws away approximately 170 euros per year directly to waste. Domestic kitchens are most active producers of food loss: about 140 kilos of edible food ends up in the trash annually in each household.

Food loss also has a huge impact on the environment. The food loss of Finnish households corresponds to the annual emissions of up to 100,000 passenger cars. In the EU region, food waste causes three per cent of greenhouse emissions.

The amount of annual waste per consumer is 23 kilos. In households of one person food loss is about 100 euros annually, 150 euros for couples and up to 280 euros for families with children. Potatoes, bread, fruit, berries and vegetables are most actively thrown out.

Source:, 21 August 2014