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IKEA Southeast Asia reduces food waste by 50%

Small changes and increased awareness among our IKEA Cheras co-workers have turned them into champions at decreasing food waste significantly.

Show and tell

The kitchen team at IKEA Cheras in Malaysia have made targeted efforts to significantly reduce their food waste. From weighing all food waste that goes into the bins to reporting and logging the reasons for wasting the food, has given the co-workers very clear indications about the changes needed to improve the waste management in their kitchen.

They ensured that food storage is done correctly and expiry dates are tracked and by updating production plans on an hourly basis, they secured enough meals for hungry customers without creating additional waste.

Lastly, by ordering only the needed produce and always making sure it was fresh, they have also decreased the creation of waste. And that’s their advice to customers too; order only what you need as we hate to see a good meatball go to waste!

1.3 billion tonnes

An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year, one third of all food produced for human consumption.  It is estimated that about half of the water used to produce this food also goes to waste since agriculture is the largest human use of water.

Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.

Food waste

A global crisis we must solve together