Influencing across multiple levels: the positive effect of a school-based intervention on food waste and household behaviours

Mark Boulet, Wendy Grant, Annet Hoek, Rob Raven

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Changing consumer food waste-related behaviours is critical to meeting global targets of halving food loss and waste. This paper presents a food waste reduction intervention trialled in five Australian schools and explores its influence on food provisioning practices, changed behaviours and food waste. Consisting of a mix of educational, skills-based, and whole-of-school-events, the intervention sought to reduce food waste by encouraging students to be more involved at home in choosing and/or preparing food to take to school. Students reported greater involvement in the target behaviours and there was a reduction in avoidable food waste in participating schools. Utilising a multi-level perspective, this study demonstrates how food-related practices and behaviours emerge from the interactions of macro and meso-level factors and highlights the value of this perspective when designing food waste reduction interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114681
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2022


  • Behaviour
  • Food waste
  • Households
  • Intervention
  • Multi-level
  • Schools

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