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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Helén
dc.contributor.authorWikström, Fredrik
dc.contributor.authorOtterbring, Tobias
dc.contributor.authorLöfgren, Martin
dc.contributor.authorGustafsson, Anders
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-21T09:32:44Z
dc.date.available2012-03-21T09:32:44Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.issn1879-1786 (e-utg)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11250/93524
dc.descriptionThis is the authors’ final, accepted and refereed manuscript to the article.no_NO
dc.description.abstractThe amount of food waste needs to be reduced in order to sustain the world’s limited resources and secure enough food to all humans. Packaging plays an important role in reducing food waste. The knowledge about how packaging affects food waste in households, however, is scarce. This exploratory study examines reasons for food waste in household and especially how and to what extent packaging influences the amount of food waste. Sixty-one families measured their amount of food waste during seven days and noted in a diary why each item was wasted. Thirty of the families had participated earlier in an environmental project including education in environmental issues of everyday life. About 20–25% of the households’ food waste could be related to packaging. Three packaging aspects dominate the packaging related waste: packages that the consumer noted as being too big and packages that were difficult to empty, and wastage because of passed “best before date”. The environmentally educated households wasted less, especially of prepared food. They also wasted less food due to passed “best before date”. These households were more observant to packaging aspects in relation to food waste. The observations made could be used to learn more about packaging attributes that affect food waste. Although they recognised packaging influence on food waste, these households expressed lower satisfaction with packaging functions and wanted packaging to a lower extent.no_NO
dc.language.isoengno_NO
dc.publisherElsevier Science Ltdno_NO
dc.subjectpackaging functionsno_NO
dc.subjectpackaging developmentno_NO
dc.subjectfood wasteno_NO
dc.subjectenvironmental educationno_NO
dc.subjectpurchase habitsno_NO
dc.subjectsustainable developmentno_NO
dc.titleReasons for household food waste with special attention to packagingno_NO
dc.typeJournal articleno_NO
dc.typePeer reviewedno_NO
dc.source.pagenumber141-148no_NO
dc.source.volume24no_NO
dc.source.journalJournal of Cleaner Productionno_NO
dc.source.issue1no_NO
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.11.044


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