The average Finnish person throws away 24kg of food per year, which is equivalent to around 6% of all the food bought by consumers. In total, Finnish households annually throw away food to the value of €500 million. Also, around a fifth of restaurant food in Finland is thrown away.
This week, a nationwide Food Waste Week is being held, coordinated by the Finnish Consumers’ Association. The goal of the week, which is now being held for the fourth time, is to encourage all parts of the food chain to reduce food waste and to increase appreciation for the value of food.
Many events will be organised during the week in different parts of the country. The many Food Waste Week partner organisations will share tips and food waste facts and encourage people to pay attention to their own food habits.
Food Waste Week will culminate this year with the Food Waste Festival, which will be held on the 3rd and 4th of September in Helsinki’s Korjaamo. Involved in the festival are also Laurea UAS students of hospitality management, who will be serving roach and bream burgers in the courtyard straight from the grill. The profits from the waste fish burgers will go entirely towards environmental work to protect the Baltic Sea.