5 exciting companies on a mission to reduce food waste
Food waste is such a big topic, recently being highlighted by so many people, from chefs to the farmers themselves, from both an environmental and a money saving angle, we need to listen up! From Jamie Oliver to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, and over the pond, Ellen Degeneres and Shawn Mendez, lots of big names are talking about the food waste issue.
The best thing is, we can all do our small bit without changing much in our day to day life. A lot of leading super markets have started stocking groceries that do not meet the mark, and at the fraction of the price. Win Win! We're loving the names too: from Sainsburys' 'Imperfectly Tasty' range, to Tesco's 'Perfectly Imperfect' range and Morrisons' 'Naturally Wonky'.
Did you know? Up to a shocking 40% of fruit and veg crop can be wasted due to it not meeting the required aesthetics that we as consumers have become accustomed to.
In an ideal world it would be possible to run slower lives and spend time shopping small and locally, supporting our local green grocers, butchers and fishmongers, but with tight budgets, bills to pay, busy work lives and full lifestyles, not all of us have this option to us.
With the worrying news about forever rising living costs, one thing we do all have time for is saving money! With the knowledge that you're also helping reduce waste and therefore living in a kinder way to the environment, food apps that help companies sell the food on that's going to go to waste otherwise sounds great for all the right reasons!
This app can be downloaded from the app store on your phone. Search your local area and the app will tell you what's up for grabs, simple, right? Grab yourself a bargain, satisfy your hunger, and support local business. We love it!
Any lovers of bakery's reading? This subscription service is specifically for amazing bread that is wonky or imperfect! What's even better is that they communicate with the bakeries directly and get the baked good's sent straight to your door. What we particularly love about this subscription is that you can have a choice between 1, 2 , 3 weeks or Monthly. Anything that doesn't get used you can also freeze to use at a later date as it all keeps so well. Win, win!
3. Chic P
We all love a dip, and you can't go too wrong with Hummus. So this is a team favourite, these dips are produced to be healthy and sustainable. Chic P help reduce good waste by working with directly with farmers who have surplus veg, how cool? They have a huge range of flavours, from your classic velvet hummus, to spinach and a beetroot flavour. These can be purchased in selected stores or on subscription. And what's even better is that you can be part of the club and send back the tubs to be commercially washed and used again. Reduce, recycle, reuse, we love it.
4. Dash water
Dash are reducing waste by accepting food misfits to flavour their sparkling water! The added benefits to Dash water are that there are no artificial flavourings or sugars. Dash offer a subscription service to your door or you can find these in some selected stores.
Lastly we want to share with you Odd coffee co for that wake up we all need in the morning first thing! Odd Coffee co rescue tonnes of rejected coffee pods. These are packed up and can be delivered to your door regularly, or as a one off order. Don't worry, they still work perfectly in your coffee machines, so you are saving the coffee from being wasted and the packaging from going to landfill which is great all round!