Food waste & sustainability course (Module 1)

First module of the food waste & sustainability course offered by TotalCtrl.
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Basic understanding of food loss and food waste, able to differentiate between the two.
Discuss 5 major concerns associated with food waste.
Identify and explain the 5 main causes for food waste.
Facts on food waste.
Explain the importance of food waste in the context of sustainability.


  • Knowledge on food waste and sustainability not required, you will learn everything you need to know.


We’ve all been there: Your chicken or vegetables go bad in the fridge. Or maybe you’ve cooked a bigger portion than you intended, and you know it won’t taste good again the next day.

There is a quick solution. Just throw it away.

Now imagine that happening with billions of people around the world. And just like that, through a mindless everyday task, you have all contributed to one of the biggest problems in the world: food waste.

But how big of a problem is it? Is it as simple as people throwing food in the garbage?

Learn more about the problem of food waste in this course and understand the importance of reducing it for future sustainable development. This is the first module of the food waste & sustainability course offered by TotalCtrl. The course will be taught by Charlotte Aschim, who is the CEO and founder of TotalCtrl, a company specialising in food waste and food traceability.

This module will answer the following questions and talk about them:

  • What is food waste?

  • Different types of food waste? (For example, avoidable and unavoidable)

  • Why food waste is a problem? (Global warming, climate change, use of resources)

  • What are the causes of food waste?

  • Facts on Food waste.

  • How is food waste related to sustainability? (SDGs, how food waste is related to the SDGs)

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who is interested to learn about the issues related to food waste. Can also help professionals within the food industry in implementing the things taught during the course.


Operations Manager at TotalCtrl
Sahil Wadhawan
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 92 Reviews
  • 856 Students
  • 4 Courses

An expert in sustainable development and food waste. Have a master's in supply chain management with a master thesis that focused on how agricultural food waste can be reduced along the supply chain. Currently working at TotalCtrl, which is a Norwegian tech company developing software to reduce food waste within the hospitality industry.

CEO & Founder of TotalCtrl
Charlotte Aschim
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 92 Reviews
  • 856 Students
  • 4 Courses

Charlotte Aschim is the CEO & Founder of TotalCtrl, a top global food waste prevention and traceability company that helps consumer-facing businesses optimize their operations, cut costs and prevent food waste. Since late 2017, Charlotte has managed to get TotalCtrl on rankings alongside Amazon and Walmart, be one of Europe's most inspiring food waste changemakers, a Norwegian Food Mentor, ranked among the top 10 best leaders within sustainability in Norway 3 years in a row, one of the amazing Fairforce 100 Environmental Data Entrepreneurs, a European Green Capital Ambassador and so much more. TotalCtrl is a certified B corporation, has received 43 awards and work with players such as Atea, SAP, Millum, Lightspeed, Mastercard, Halden kommune, Bergstadens Hotel and more.

Background/education: Charlotte holds a master's degree within land management (chief engineer). She started her first job at the age of 12 (while studying and playing soccer) and has primarily worked within the construction industry and food industry. She is a self-taught coder (learned coding via YouTube) and is acknowledged as an expert within her field by both researchers, the business sector and royalty.

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