Food, Plastic, and Paper Waste

Back in high school, we were required to do this CAS Project thing, in our two-year IB curriculum, that basically needed to cover Creativity, Action, and Service. It also had to be a group thing, so our class divided into two groups, if I recall correctly. Since I’d been the one appointed by the CAS coordinator to write out the different members of each group during the whole class discussion (writing on the board with everyone looking at me writing always bothered me, so this was quite uncomfortable, even though I constantly had to do it), I got to pick which team to join last, and I went with the one with less people in it.

The topic this group decided to tackle was food, plastic, and paper wastage. I did the research and this seemed like something appropriate to put up here, including the crappy posters I made as well.

Food Wastage Facts:

  • As of 2011, 1.3 billion tons of food (one third of the global food production) are lost or wasted annually.
  • Loss and wastage occurs in all steps in the food supply chain. In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food is wasted at the consumption stage.
  • In US, 40% of food waste occurs at home. In a cross-country survey done among 400 US households, 93% of respondents acknowledged buying food they never used.

Food Wastage A4

Plastic Facts:

  • Our consumption rate of plastic bags today is over 500 billion plastic bags annually, which is almost 1 million plastic bags used every minute.
  • Plastic bags cause hundreds of thousands of birds, sea turtles and other marine animal deaths every year because these creatures mistake plastic trash for food.
  • On average, each household uses 500 plastic bottles each year, of which just 130 are recycled.
  • North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

Plastic Wastage A4

Paper Facts:

  • A typical business office will produce about 1.5 pounds of paper waste per employee a day.
  • The paper industry is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among all United States manufacturing industries.
  • Paper cups consume trees, water, and chemicals, and dump them into streams and landfills (not recyclable). Every year, nearly 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
  • Half the world’s forests have already been cleared or burned, and 80% of what’s left has been seriously damaged.
  • Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste (one third of municipal landfill waste).

Paper Wastage A4