'Making Things Last'
The Scottish Government have set a new food waste reduction by 2025. This pledge to reduce food waste is the main focus of a wider recycling strategy called Making Things Last, designed to encourage businesses and consumers to repair and reuse their goods, and end Scotland's ‘throwaway culture.'
The strategy aims to reduce household waste as well as on-farm loss of edible produce, something that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately via pioneering French efforts and ‘wonky vegetable’ sales.
Wefood opens in Denmark
This seems like it's going to be the first of many. The first-ever surplus food supermarket, called Wefood, was opened this week in Copenhagen by charity Folkekirkens Nødhjælp. Fresh producein store will be sold for 30-50% less than usual, but its creators stress that 'it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country.’
The store has cultivated agreements with fruit importers, butchers, a producer of organic fruit and nut bars, and even has a deal with Føtex, a major supermarket chain in Denmark, for bread and other products. Maybe even danishes. All the produce is picked up and delivered by volunteers.
Wefood hopes to make an impact on the 700 000 tonnes of food wasted in Denmark each year. Backed by official nods of approval and the fashionable patronage of royal stars like Princess Mary of Denmark, we can hope to see this sort of innovation spreading.
How long until the first surplus supermarket opens in London?
source lcrn 28.02.16