National Stop Food Waste Day
Food waste is a major problem in the UK, with an estimated 9.5 million tonnes of food being thrown away each year. It’s crazy to think that around a third of the food produced on Earth goes to waste — either it gets thrown away or goes bad!
Today is National Food Waste Day and we have compiled a list of brands that are doing their part to help tackle this issue.
Too Good To Go is an app that was launched in 2016. The app connects customers with restaurants and supermarkets, who have surplus food at the end of the day. It helps businesses make extra sales, turning that wastage into leftover produce. This app helps stop food wastage and helps consumers save money too, on cheaper meals.
Rubies in the Rubble are a condiment brand that uses ingredients that would otherwise go to waste – not because they taste any different, but often because they’re the wrong shape, size or colour.
Their ketchups and relishes are made with fresh fruit & veg, directly from farms. As well as their mayo being made with aquafaba, which is a plant-based alternative to eggs.
Larger companies are also making efforts to reduce their environmental impact, with Tesco committing to reducing food waste by 50% by 2023. They have implemented initiatives such as selling ‘wonky’ produce at discounted prices and donating their surplus to local food charities.
So far Tesco has reduced overall food waste in their operations by 45% since 2016/17. Just 0.35% of the food handled across the Group in 2021/22 ended up as waste.
Of course organisations such as food banks also play a critical role in reducing wastage and helping those in need. The largest food bank network in the UK is The Trussell Trust.
They provide emergency food and support to people in crisis. In addition to distributing food to those in need, the organization also works to reduce food waste by partnering with local businesses to collect surplus food and redistribute it to those who need it most.