Levels of food waste are likely worse than previously though, said Monika van den Bos Verma of Wageningen University.
"This is a big deal," said lead scientist James Tour. "The world throws out 30 percent to 40 percent of all food, because it goes bad, and plastic waste is of worldwide concern."
Up to 40 percent of edible food in America currently goes into the trash, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, often because consumers store food incorrectly or misunderstand what the "best before" dates on food labels really mean.
Despite the over 126 billion pounds of food produced in the United States, over 40 million Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from. One student's selfless act before winter break transformed into food security for thousands in his community.
The company had attempted a new waste management technique that "didn't work out so well."
Reducing food waste could save U.K. businesses £300 million a year.