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Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

When we practice sustainable consumption and production, resources will be used efficiently, infrastructure will be set up and used in sustainable ways, and everyone will have access to basic services. It can be viewed as a preventative measure to reduce environmental, social, or economic decline, and to promote continued progress and prosperity.

One third of all food produced every year rots away in our waste bins or becomes inedible due to inadequate transportation or harvesting methods.

About US$120 billion could be saved worldwide every year if more people used energy-saving light bulbs. The rate at which we are polluting our water is exceeding the rate at which nature can purify it for our use. Water shortages are now a global reality.

The 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production is an initiative that SDG 12 strives to implement throughout the whole world, in order to achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns by 2030.

Food waste and harvest losses should be reduced by at least 50% by 2030. Prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse are concepts that can help reduce waste and encourage individuals and large companies to live greener lives.

An Introduction to Goal 12

Written and created by our team in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Our Data

Number of plastic bottles
monitored for reuse or recycling

Number of plastic bags
monitored for reuse or recycling

Worldwide Data


Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced –

equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices


Man is polluting water faster

than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes


Should the global population reach 9.6 billion

by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles


Households consume 29%

of global energy and consequently contribute to 21 per cent of resultant CO2 emissions


1.3 billion tonnes of food

is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry


The food sector accounts

for around 30% of the world’s total energy consumption and accounts for around 22 per cent of total Greenhouse Gas emissions

Our Related UN Target


By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation
through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Recent Highlights & Achievements

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