Each day around a third of all food harvested or produced around the globe is wasted. This means that about 1.3 billion tons of food feeds no one. IKEA’s restaurants serve 680 million people each year and the company takes food waste seriously. IKEA has enlisted AI in its sustainability efforts.
IKEA is a proponent of the “circular economy”, which is an economic system based on minimizing waste and making the most of resources. It is basically the opposite of taking materials, manufacturing products (or food), and then disposing of the end product. Instead it is a regenerative approach that reduces waste.