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Influencer slammed for huge pile of wasted food: 'Not funny'

Alix Earle, 22, was criticised online after buying an excessive amount of food which was subsequently thrown out.

A TikToker has copped backlash after sharing the aftermath of a drunken night out, holding up a "heavy" stack of untouched food she purchased while intoxicated.

Alix Earle, 22, explained she ordered takeaway food for herself and one other person before admitting the quantity of food was rather excessive for the number of people eating.

The influencer can be seen holding a large stack of leftover food which she later threw in the bin.
Influencer Alix Earle, 22, received backlash after she bought an excessive amount of food which was wasted. Source: TikTok/alixearle

"This is why you're not allowed to let me place the food order after going out," she said in her video online. "I think I ordered for like 45 people."

In her video the US content creator showed a number of containers strewn across the couch and coffee table, including pizzas, burgers and sides.

People shocked by huge amount of food waste

There was a flood of comments condemning the TikToker for spending so much money on the food, branding it as "wasteful" and "not funny". Alix responded by sharing she usually would eat this amount of food, however this time "fell asleep with the food in her hand".

One third of food produced globally is wasted, equating to 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year, with food waste being a huge issue in Australia while the country grapples with the rising cost of living.

Over 70 per cent of food wasted in Australia every year is deemed "perfectly edible" despite two million households experiencing food insecurity in the last 12 months, Food Bank Australia reports.

The image shows the percentage average food waste and subsequent cost for each Australian state and territory.
Where food was being wasted across Australia in 2021. Source: Rabobank

It is estimated that Australian households spend between $2,000–$2,500 per year on food that is wasted, a sizeable figure given families across the country are making major cutbacks to make ends meet.

Families have shared they have also cancelled entertainment subscription services and fitness memberships to minimise monthly spending, with 6.9 million Australians currently living pay to pay.

How can you cut down on food waste?

Some steps you can take to reduce food waste in your home:

  • Check the fridge before you shop and only buy what you need.

  • Plan your meals. Use leftovers and be creative with your next meal.

  • Check date labels and know the difference between:

  1. ‘Use by’ — food has to go.

  2. ‘Best before’ — food is at its best and can be eaten after this date as long as it has been stored correctly.

  3. ‘Display until’ — a stock control message for retailers.

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