China's ‘Clean Plate’ is aimed at reducing food waste. This is a critical message given the huge amounts of energy, water and land involved in food production. But efforts to tackle waste are aimed at more than just food. In China today, excess is out, thriftiness is in. China’s war on waste is a part of a far broader effort to restructure and repurpose its entire economy. Underpinning this is a massive shift to cleaner energy. The China of the future intends to be green, efficient and circular.