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What is the RAP movement?

The RAP movement is an initiative which was created with the aim of raising awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food that we throw away, as well as to inform people of the key benefits of cutting down on food waste.

We therefore propose a social movement which brings together three main concepts.

Firstly, a reduction in the unnecessary purchasing of food and other products is required in order to avoid wasting food. This does of course require foresight and advance planning on the part of the consumer, particularly with regards to expenditure.

This does not imply that the amount of food consumed should be reduced but rather that collectively we can optimise and influence buying habits, with the aim of eliminating food waste altogether.

Your pocket will be the first to thank you for your waste-conscious shop. You’ll notice the difference at the end of the month!

By reducing food waste you save a great deal of limited natural resources and help to protect the environment!


kilos of food thrown away by every Spaniard annually


millions of tonnes of food thrown away annually around the world


kg of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere to produce a kilogram of food


millions of people live below the poverty line in the EU


millions of people are currently at risk of malnutrition


minimum increase in food supply necessary to meet the increase in population expected worldwide by 2050.


of water resources for irrigation are used to produce 30% of the food which is thrown away.


tonnes of water are used to produce a kilogram of beef

A guide to RAP



Think about what you need

Before heading to the supermarket, hypermarket, or wherever it is you usually shop, make a list of the food you need for the week, adjusting quantities accordingly based on household size.



Buy for your budget

Weight up whether it’s worth buying items in bulk or in larger quantities based on the size of your family and your rate of consumption.



Think about what you need

You will avoid food being left on the plate which means that it can be used at a later date. Instead, inform diners that they can have more, if they so wish, once they have finished what they have on the plate.


Make the most of it

Reuse leftovers

Leftover food can be stored in a suitable container for consumption at a later date. It may also be used as ingredients for another dish, or frozen for subsequent use, depending on the food in question.



Store food correctly

Put older products towards the front of your fridge and store cupboards, pushing back newer ones.



Monitor the temperature and/or humidity of your store cupboards

Pay attention to the storage advice provided on product labels.



Keep an eye on your fridge

Check seals and temperature. Food should be stored at a temperature between 0°C and 5°C in order to keep it fresh.



Best before and expiration date

Before throwing food away past its best before date check if it looks and smells okay. If so, it can be safely consumed until its expiration date, after which time it should be discarded.



At the right time

Wait for food to cool down before you put it in the freezer to avoid changes in its taste and texture.


Make a change

Share a RAP moment with your friends

If you think you’re going to have food to spare, why not organise a get together with family members, friends or neighbours. Plate-up the food, add a delicious,healthy dessert and ask your friends to bring the drinks. You’ll have a great social gathering!

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RAP references

This section offers you with access to a range of food waste related websites and documents.

Food Industry Barometer

MAGRAMA (Gobierno España)

Global food, waste not, want not

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Work intelligently

Unilever. Directed at the restaurant/hotel industry

Open your eyes to waste

Unilever. Directed at the restaurant/hotel industry

Impacts of waste on nature


Save the food report


EU Resolution

On food waste

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Guide to reduce waste

For the hotel, restaurant and catering sector

Food wastage foodprint


Stop food waste

European Commission

Love food hate waste

Shopping list



Food Waste = Money Waste


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