Solutions to Restaurant Plate Waste

Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know:

1. Consumers leave an average of 17 percent of their meals uneaten on a plate. 
2. 55-59% of these leftovers are not taken home from the restaurant. 
3. The foods we eat in US travel an estimated 1,500 miles before they hit the table. is something to keep in mind when eating out. Especially during events, such as DC’s Restaurant Week, when locals could try special cuisine at a reduced prices, discover new dishes and eating spots.

A great article in the Washington Post suggests some solutions. From rewarding people for finishing all their food, to charging them for leftovers, the options are endless. And that’s exactly what we need to remind consumers! We need to remind them that they can choose to share their meal with a friend, take the leftovers home or give it to someone in need.

One innovative idea worth highlighting is called Halfsies! A consumer can pay full price and eat just half of their entree, the money and ingredients saved with a smaller portion is donated to a non-profit. After all, we are lucky to afford eating out, but 1 in 7 adults in the USA feel hunger on a daily basis. So let’s not forget these individuals as we go out to lunch or grab dinner with friends. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share them with us! Some of the best and innovative ideas come from customers like yourself!