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No more food waste, Italians are doing everything they can.

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Since the Senate finally approved the law to limit food waste, things have definitely improved: more than half of the Italian population has reduced or eliminated food waste, according to a survey carried out by Coldiretti, highlighting that 6 Italians out of 10 are more careful and aware of the issue. Despite this, the problem remains relevant as food thrown away still amounts to 65 kilos per person per year.

Domestic waste, representing 54% of the total domestic waste, must then be added to waste in restaurants, in commercial distribution, agriculture and processing.

Indeed, just over one Italian out of three brings back a doggy bag from the restaurant, while 22% believe it is rude or are ashamed to ask.

This is why the Family bag, a basket with an attractive packaging, was presented in Padua. The information on the back highlights the objectives of the initiative: “From now on not wasting food will be something more than a good deed: it will be a new way of life.”

But the initiatives do not end here: Good Food Bag and ’La mensa che vorrei’ [Italian for ‘My ideal canteen’], launched respectively by Legambiente and Cittadinanzattiva together with Slow Food and ActionAid, are intended to reduce food waste in school canteens and bring home leftovers from lunches that children eat at school.

Tricks to avoid wasting food are also always valid – applied by grandparents, they are definitely making a comeback. Just rediscover dishes of the day after, like meatballs, omelettes and salads.  “Recipes – says Coldiretti – that are not only a great solution to avoid throwing away leftovers, but also help to us rediscover gastronomic traditions of the past”.

Other tips: always prepare a shopping list to make targeted purchases, read the expiry date of the various product labels correctly, buy less and more often.