Thanksgiving is no exception when it comes to food waste. An estimated 204 million pounds of turkey will end up in the trash after Turkey Day.
Throwing out leftovers isn’t just wasteful—it also has a serious impact on the environment. When food starts to rot, it produces methane. This powerful greenhouse gas gets trapped in the atmosphere and contributes to climate change, a gradual rise in the Earth’s average temperature.
Waste occurs at all levels of the food chain: on farms, in facilities that process food, and in supermarkets and restaurants. But people’s habits at home are the main source of food waste. One-fifth of the food we buy for our homes never gets eaten. Americans waste enough food to fill 44 skyscrapers every year!