On all the flights I have taken in the past 12 or perhaps 24 months, I realized how much of a food waster I have been! No matter how bad or bland the plane food are, I usually try my very best to finish them with a bit of courage as well as respect for the food; however, I cannot recall the last time I ever touched the packet of salt and pepper!
When was the last time you used that packet of salt and pepper? No matter it was breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, as long as forks and spoons are provided, you will get that packet of salt and pepper sitting there feeling left out!
Salt and Pepper packet has to be one of the greatest if not top 5 items of highest wastage for the airline industry in my opinion. The untouched packets being served in each meals are more likely then not being trashed together with other untouched food like bread or small packets of butter!
If chance permit, I do like to do a survey on the amount of salt and pepper wasted each year from the airline industry alone. It is often this sort of minor things or items that we often overlooked, at the same time, it is often these minor little things which with little effort can change a great deal for the environment as well as our future supply of food!
Many may not care or know how salt and pepper are produced / harvested but to my knowledge, salt used to be a significant items much sought after a couple of hundred years ago due to the difficulties in obtaining them and how they were good for food-preservation in those times. It may not matter to many the history of salt but we should pay some respect and try our best to minimize the wastage whenever possible!
Oh and yes, I am at Guam right now! :)