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Food Waste Initiatives at Consumption Level: A Categorization

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Several initiatives have been put forward worldwide to tackle food waste at consumer level. Yet, up until now, a comprehensive analysis and a categorization of the most relevant ones have not been proposed. In this chapter we will seek to fill this literature gap, providing a cluster analysis of the main food waste initiatives. The purposes of this analysis have been: (i) to identify the main initiatives implemented at international level against food waste at consumption level; (ii) to create homogenous groups of similar initiatives through a cluster analysis; (iii) to highlight the differences and similarities of the initiatives across the different countries. Moreover, a brief excursus on how some big food corporations are dealing with food waste and how food sharing models can be important in reducing the phenomenon has been presented.


  • Food waste
  • Food waste initiatives
  • Cluster analysis
  • Food waste reuse
  • Food waste redistribution
  • Food sharing models

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    The Food Loss and Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol 2013) is a multi-stakeholder partnership, launched in 2013, which has developed the global Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (or FLW Standard) for measuring food and/or associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain. The main goal of the initiative is to implement an internationally accepted FLW accounting and reporting standard and tools, and to spread information about the food waste issue around the world, in order to make countries motivated to become more responsible and waste less.

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Initiatives Sitography

Initiatives Sitography

Initiative Name


Banco Alimentare

Buon Fine

Last Minute Market

Buon Samaritano

Quel che c’è

Il buono che avanza

Buta Supa



Food Cycle

Feeding the 5000

Love Food, Hate Waste

This is Rubbish

Grow Sheffield’s Abundance Project

Approved Food

Great Taste Less Waste

Buy One, get one later

Réduisons nos déchets


Plan National Nutrition Santè

City Harvest

Rock e Wrap It Up!

Feeding America

Society of St. Andrews

City Slicker Farms

Edible Schoolyard Project

Mesa Brasil del SESC


foodwaste tv

Stop Wasting Food

Friends of Environment and Development Association

Operation Empty Plate

Clean Your Plate Campaign

Food Recovery Network


Hands for Hunger

Annakshetra: SAVE FOOD


Food Wise

Paris Restaurants Turn Food Scraps Into Biogas


Eviter la gaspillage alimentaire

Lutter contre le Gaspillage Alimentaire

Green Cook

Appetite for Action

Calling Time on Waste

Zero Waste

The Pig Idea


Slow Food Youth Network

Essential Waitrose a little less than perfect apples

Every Crumb Counts

Anti-Waste WorkshopsCooking Classes

European Week for Waste Reduction

The Spanish Confederation of Consumer and User Cooperatives

Insignia Technologies

Sprecare non vale!

Happy Hour in bakery

Fish and shellfish by-products as food/feed/other

Culinary Misfits

DC Central Kitchen

The Dickinson College Farm


Save Food from the Fridge

The Postharvest Education Foundation

Springboard Kitchens

SolerCool Container

EPS’s Guide to Prevent food waste

Stop Food Waste Campaign

Zero Waste Initiative

Think Eat Save

Barilla Blue Box Pasta


Eurest respaurant and food campaign

Single Bananas



Do you have an amusement park in your fridge?

Dutch Nutrition Centre: Information for consumer on food waste

Eetmaatje (Measure cup)

Un poco de tu compra es mucho

Fridge Sticker yes/no

Generation awake

International Food Waste Coalition

Io non spreco: adotta un nonno a pranzo

Io non spreco: snack-saver bag

Love Green

Menu Dose Certa

“Restaurant fines”

Restos Glücklich

School waste heroes

Still Tasty

Taste the Waste


Auchan Spa


City Harvest London

Close Bakery

Daily Menus for Homeless

Every Meals Matters

Next Door Help


QUI Foundation Onlus


Lebensmittel sind kostbar


Team Austria

We Love Food

Inglorious fruits and vegetables

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Principato, L. (2018). Food Waste Initiatives at Consumption Level: A Categorization. In: Food Waste at Consumer Level. SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science. Springer, Cham.

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