Coorg: Sadly, food wastage is one of the biggest problems facing mankind today. According to the United Nations Development Programme, up to 40 percent of the food produced in India is wasted and most of us don’t even realise how much food we throw away every day. Also Read - 820 Million People Don't Have Enough to Eat, Tonnes of Food Wasted Every Year: UN Secy General

Taking the same issue into account, Ibnii Spa and Resort in Coorg has launched an initiative called ‘weigh the waste’, wherein the guests have to pay for the leftover food. At the end of every meal, if the guest leaves food on their plates, whatever is  left is weighed on a scale in front of them. Leftovers are then charged at the rate of Rs 100 per 10 gm. Also Read - New slippery packaging can cut food waste

All the money collected from guests goes to a not-for-profit organization that feeds children at an orphanage in Madikere. The program has been a success as there has been a drastic decrease in the quantity of food waste since the initiative was taken up. Also Read - Reducing food waste top priority for India: Badal

”From fourteen waste bins every day, we now only need one,”said Ibnii’s CSR Advisor, Shereya Krishnan.

Netizens have lauded the initiative and are hoping other restaurants in India follow the same example:

In a country where food wastage is such a pressing issue, initiatives like these are really praiseworthy.