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Consumption and resources

Part 1 : Trend in consumer issues and consumer's attitude / behavior
Chapter 2 : [Feature] Responsibility to create, responsibility to use, and responsibility to reduce - Reduction of food loss and waste for sustainable society -
Section 1 : Consumption and resources

Resources and consumptions from the aspect of daily living

  • Social issues, such as resources and environmental issues, are one of the top priority among consumer policies.
  • Generation of general waste had been increasing until around 2000, but it has been reducing in recent years. Approximately 900g of waste per person per day is generated.
  • Approximately 40% of combustible garbage discharged by households is food waste(city of Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture).

[Figure Ⅰ-2-1-4] Total Volume of Waste Generation and Waste Volume Per Person Per Day
PDF [Figure Ⅰ-2-1-4]

[Figure Ⅰ-2-1-5] Composition of Combustible garbage (weight based) (City of Kyoto)

Awareness toward resource/environmental issues

  • Consumers' interests are especially high toward food disposal and plastic containers and packaging compared to clothing, waste paper, bottles, cans, etc.
  • It is necessary for consumers, business operators, administrations, etc. to cooperate/collaborate and work on these issues as a social problem.

[Figure Ⅰ-2-1-7] What people strongly feel that they must reduce the amount of disposal (in the order of amount)

[Food loss and waste reduction]

  • October, 2019
    Enforcement of the "Act on Promotion of Food Loss and Waste Reduction"
    Promotion of food loss and waste reduction as a national movement
  • March, 2020
    Cabinet decision on the "Basic Policy of Food Loss and Waste Reduction Promotion"

[Plastic waste reduction]

  • May, 2019
    Formulation of the "Resource Circulation Strategy for Plastics"
  • June, 2019
    In the G20 Osaka Leaders' Declaration
    "Osaka Blue Ocean Vision*" was shared.
    *Declaration to reduce additional pollution made by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050.