Words on Waste

An introduction to the Food Surplus Entrepreneurs network

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Chris King Photography - Winnow - The Breakfast Club
The consumer mind-set is changing

Now is the ideal time to invest in cutting food waste for the hospitality sector. Food waste is an issue of growing concern and consumers are demanding a more sustainable offer from the hospitality sector. With such healthy returns to be had from relatively modest capital expenditure, there has never been...

Introducing OLIO – The Food Sharing Revolution?

I’m Saasha, co-founder of OLIO, The Food Sharing Revolution. My business partner is Tessa, and together we are launching OLIO, a mobile app which connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses to exchange their edible surplus food....

Food Waste in the UK - DOcumentary Photography by Chris King
Who is responsible for household food waste?

The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? Households. Individuals. Consumers. 42% of food waste in the EU can be attributed to consumers. That’s a lot of bad choices. Choices to buy too much stuff. To stick a pizza in the oven rather than do something with those left overs. Choices...

An Introduction to Gleaning

The Gleaning Network, part of Feedback Global, is just one of the great initiatives documented for the Food Is project. The video shows work from 3 gleaning sessions - where on each occasion a dedicated team of volunteers came together to glean around 2-2.5 tonnes of fruit or veg....

An Introduction to Dinner Exchange East

Dinner Exchange East is one of the organisations I have been documenting, and they do an amazing job of converting food that would otherwise go to waste into healthy and nutritious delights! This video is made up of images taken in the run-up and during a big event they were catering...

Reduce, Redistribute, then Recycle

At retail level alone, it is estimated that over 400,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food go to waste each year. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK are affected by food poverty and over 500,000 people are reliant on emergency food provision.

Food waste has a huge environmental impact: if we stopped wasting food in the UK it would be the CO2 equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. Because of this our first aim should be to minimize the amount of food being wasted as much as possible and progress is definitely being made here: from innovative packaging to more intelligent systems for predicting how certain items will sell.

Let Love Grow

Sustaining, evocative and endlessly diverse, food is the most familiar and universal medium. It can make us feel secure and loved, tie us to places and to people, and the way and what we feed ourselves reveal much about us. Writers have said the way to accurately and succinctly portray a character is to describe how he or she eats.

Around 20% of the food we buy is wasted

Between 2007 and 2012 there was a decrease in the overall amount of food waste generated by households in the UK, but we continue to throw away around 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year - 60% of which could have been eaten.