We have a long way to go before we even hit the tip of the iceberg of the global food waste problem. However, there are a select few companies who are taking innovative approaches to help cut these figures down. From insect bolognese sauce to body scrubs made from coffee grounds, in this post I take my hat off to 8 companies that are rethinking food waste.
Who? – Rubies in the Rubble
What? - Delicious, handmade chutneys and jam, made as much as possible from surplus fruits and vegetables, fresh from farms and markets before they’re discarded.
Why? - Make use of what you have. Care about your resources. Embrace oddity. Pretty simple, really.
Where? – Sold in 160 locations within the UK, and online. £4.80 per jar.
www.rubiesintherubble.com - @rubiesinrubble
Who? - Toast Ale
What? - Toast ale is a beer brewed with surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted by bakeries,delis and sandwich makers.
Why? – 24 million slices of bread are thrown away by UK households every year. The innovative pale ale aimes to significantly reduce the global food waste crisis.
Where? – Available at 20 locations in and around London, as well as online. £3 per bottle, available in cases of 6. All profits go to the food waste charity, Feedback.
www.toastale.com - @ToastAle
Who? - One Hop Kitchen
What? – The world’s first, best, and only insect based Bolognese sauce
Why? - When compared to beef, insects have the same, if not more, nutritional benefits. They require a fraction of the land, water and feed to produce. We're not trying to stop you from eating beef altogether, we're just looking to expand your culinary horizons in the name of sustainability.
Where? - Right now the only way to try our unique insect based Bolognese is by funding their campaign on Indiegogo.
http://onehopkitchen.com/ - @OneHopKitchen
Who? - ChicP
What? - ChicP is a raw vegetable hummus company producing delicious alternative dips, founded on a passionate commitment to reducing food waste.
Why? - The inspiration behind ChicP was the overriding determination and passion to change the way we approach cooking and food waste.
Where? – Available online, £3.50 per pot (excludes delivery)
www.chicp.co.uk - @chicpfood
Who? – Optiat
What? - Exfoliating natural coffee body scrubs. Created from re purposed Arabica grounds. For summer-ready soft, smooth & silky skin. Made & sourced in London.
Why? - With 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste produced in the UK alone every year, #DoYourBit to help minimise our impact on the environment.
Where? – Available online, £9.99 per 200g jar, free postage over £15 within the UK.
https://optiat.com/ - @optiat
Who? - FoPo
What? - FoPo gives new life to expiring fruits & veggies from groceries by drying & powdering them, increasing its shelf life from around 2 weeks to 2 years. The fruit powders retain 30-80 percent of its original nutritional value. They then can be blended into new recipes, mixed with water, or eaten alone.
Why? – To save food waste & help end world hunger! They hope the fruit powders will be included in relief food packs distributed to people in the aftermath of natural disasters
Where? – Currently not available. FoPo’s team of food innovators are currently working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Philippines government on a pilot run to make pineapple and mango flavoured powders.
www.facebook.com/fopofoodpowder - @fopofoodpowder
Who? - Wonky Veg Boxes
What? – A veg box made up of wonky vegetables that don’t meet supermarket’s strict aesthetic criteria.
Why? - Our end goal is not just to sell a lot of Wonky veg but to normalise the purchase and consumption of Wonky vegetables. We feel we should aim for a system in which vegetables are graded only by whether they are fit for human consumption or not, to create the most efficient system possible.
Where? – Currently only available in the Leicestershire area, from £8.99.
www.wonkyvegboxes.co.uk - @WonkyVegBoxes
Who? - Regrained
What? - ReGrained recovers beer grain from local craft breweries, after they have already taken what they need to brew. We delight our customers with healthy and sustainable food products that taste great and feel even better to purchase.
Why? - At ReGrained, our vision is to help the urban ecosystem do more with less by finding ways to “spend” beer grain beyond the brewery with equal parts taste, nutrition, and sustainable practice. Grains are a staple of the human diet, and premium quality beer grain from craft brewers has the potential to bolster our food system. Beer grain is flavourful and nutritious, as well as an ecological and sustainable source of nutrition.
Where? – Available online (US based) in 2 flavours - Chocolate Coffee Stout Bars / Honey Almond IPA Bars – 12 pack $24.99
www.regrained.com - @ReGrained
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