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In Australia 8.2 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill every year, where it emits greenhouse gases.
Last year Gift of Bread rescued more than 160,000 kg of bread. That is 304,000 Kg of CO2-e emissions equivalent to 74.4 years of electricity for a home or 132,000 litres of petrol for a family car.
Our Daily Bread is the Most Wasted Food in Australia
Gift of Bread is aware of the global issue we face with food waste. By rescuing and redistributing bread that would otherwise go to waste, we’re maximising resources across the entire supply chain. We have developed ways to reduce, reuse and recycle bread effectively through a circular economy. In practice, this means waste is effectively cut down to a minimum.
Each year around the world we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food. About one third of all the food produced for human consumption becomes waste. This not only affects us financially, but has a major impact on our environment.
For every loaf of bread purchased by an average household in Australia, almost half the loaf is typically thrown away. For example, in Victoria this is equivalent to about 186,000 tonnes - or 125 million loaves every year.
Surplus bread can be turned into crispbreads, croutons, breadcrumbs or even bread & butter pudding and this is where Gift of Bread's production lines effectively recycle bread into SnackBags, manageable portions of good nourishing bread with a long shelf life that is distributed by charities that are on the ground helping people.