The Gleaning Network – Saving more apples from being wasted!

With 20-40% of food produced on farms not actually fulfilling its destiny – being left to rot into the ground or on the trees upon which it was grown, rather than consumed by us humans, it raises real concerns about the sustainability and the impact of such a flawed system....

Dinner Exchange East – Catering for Plan Zheroes

In a recent Telegraph article exploring the habits of those who seek out discounted food in supermarkets, and the financial benefits of doing so, there was a poll asking readers ‘Would you eat food after the ‘Best Before’ date had passed’. The results of which indicated that 16% of 12,000+...

The Gleaning Network: Reducing Food Waste on UK Farms

We are all conscious on some level of the amount of food we waste – edible or otherwise, within our own home, and aware that there is avoidable food waste generated by supermarkets and the wider, urban-based commercial, catering and hospitality sectors. But what about on the farms?...

The Pig Idea: Behind the Scenes

The first time I came across The Pig Idea was when they were serving up the pork they had produced, and were attempting to feed 5,000 people in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. It’s a great initiative that deserves a lot more attention and support in its attempts to...

The Dragon Cafe and Borough Market

One of the great things about exploring a project such as this is that you learn a lot that you otherwise may not have been exposed to, and meet great people doing great things....

Winnow: The Breakfast Club and Table Cafe

The UK Food and Hospitality Sector wastes 1.3 billion meals annually. According to WRAP, the Waste and Resource Action Programme, that’s one in every six meals. Imagine throwing away one square meal a day– every other day. Aside from the detrimental environmental and ethical implications, the monetary repercussions for the food...

FoodCycle: Cafe Food Delivery

This shoot was intended to capture what goes on after Sian and the volunteers she has helping her - often just Konstantina, have completed their tour of the New Spitalfields Market, collecting food from vendors that would otherwise go to waste....

Winnow: Product Build

This was an impromptu shoot of Marc, Kevin and the Winnow Solutions team - a company which has created a piece of technology that helps restaurants reduce food waste, and save a significant amount of money in the process.

FoodCycle: Pie in the Sky Cafe Visit

FoodCycle's activities are not limited to the volunteer hubs I have been documenting - the organisation also runs a cafe in Bromley by Bow, which I went to visit on a couple of occasions.

The cafe relies on gathering food that would otherwise be wasted from a variety of sources - including New Spitalfields Market, which is collected early on Saturday mornings.

FoodCycle: LSE Hub – Waitrose Visit

Not being satisfied with the range of images I managed to capture during my first visit to Waitrose Islington, the management team kindly allowed me to come along a second time - to once again capture the handing over of 'surplus' food from Waitrose to the FoodCycle LSE volunteers.

FoodCycle: LSE Hub – Waitrose Visit

I wanted to be able to document the donation of food by Waitrose to the FoodCycle LSE Hub volunteers, and the management team at Waitrose Islington kindly gave me permission to photograph the Sunday collection.

FoodCycle: LSE Hub – 2nd Visit

My second visit to the FoodCycle LSE hub was all about getting video footage - with a desire to use this to complement the stills images from the previous shoot in the creation of a multimedia piece.

FoodCycle LSE Hub - Photography by Chris King
FoodCycle: LSE Hub Visit

On the same day as my visit to the Bloomsbury Hub I visited FoodCycle's LSE Hub, which despite its name, is open to everyone and anyone. I met them at the Angel branch of Waitrose, where they collected 'surplus' food that would otherwise be thrown out.

FoodCycle: Bloomsbury Hub Visit

This was my first visit to a FoodCycle hub, and I didn't really know what to expect. I had arranged to meet the Hub Leader at a Planet Organic in the Angel area of London, where they would be picking up 'surplus' food - how the industry likes to term food that is destined to be thrown away - so essentially food waste by another name.