40% of food in the United States goes to waste, making us the global leader in food waste. On average, Americans individually throw away 219 pounds of food. Food waste accounts for 22% of municipal landfills where it decomposes and produces greenhouse gases which contribute to air and water pollution and global warming. By reducing food waste in the household, the consumer will save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Keeping track of food becomes increasingly difficult when living with multiple housemates, having to deal with cluttered fridges and kitchen counters. FoodMates helps housemates prevent food from spoiling by keeping track of and reminding consumers of their foods expiration dates, allowing them to be mindful of ingredients they already have in their kitchen.