If food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the United States. According to Project Drawdown, reducing food waste is one of our largest opportunities to reduce emissions.
Top greenhouse-gas-emitting countries vs. emissions from global food wastage
According to IPCC, global food loss and waste accounts for 8-10% of global emissions.
Note: Country figures include their own food loss and waste.
Sources: WRI (2020) and IPCC (2019)
Uneaten food is the most common material in landfillsand most of it comes from our homes . When that food rots, it produces methane, a gas that’s 80x more potent than CO₂ .
This chart shows how the numbers add up. These numbers will change a bit as we get more data. The basic math won’t.
Estimated annual Mill Membership emissions generated and avoided
What if nothing was wasted? Collective change is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Our goal is to create a new system that’s truly circular.
We consider sustainability in every decision we make — from sourcing product materials to community outreach.
Our plans and progress are open to everyone. We'll be sharing more of both later this year.