10 Innovative Ideas That Are Reducing Food Waste (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our 10 Innovative Ideas That Are Reducing Food Waste! From Drones to Pig Food, we’ve covered 5 more innovative ideas that caught our eye that have set out to reduce food waste.

Autonomous Drones to Identify Crop Problems

SenSat, a start-up from the UK is planning on offering autonomous drones to farmers that will be able to identify problem areas in crops such as water stress, disease and nutrient deficiencies using ultra-high resolution sensors. These sensors will be able to detect these problems long before the human eye may be able to identify them so that corrective action can be taken before the crops are lost.

Using Food Waste and Beef Fat as Jet fuel

United Airlines has already begun purchasing Beef Fat and food waste and turning it into biofuel that could eventually power airplanes. This will help reduce the greenhouse gases from jet fuel, as well as finding a great alternative use for food waste!

The Pig Idea

An initiative that may not be new innovation (as it’s been done for milleniums before) is the Pig Idea, which aims to recycle food waste into food for pigs so that it’s turned back into a resource that we can use. Using food waste as food for pigs was a common practice until the BSE crisis in 1996, at which time the practice was banned. The Pig Idea, founded by some of the most important voices of Food Waste, including Tristram Stuart, aims to bring this practice back into the mainstream.

Hungry Harvest

How about turning surplus fruits & vegetables into a healthy and delicious bag of produce, and having it delivered to your door? That’s the idea behind Hungry Harvest, who collects surplus produce from farmers and wholesalers and delivers a balanced bag of fruits and vegetables to your doorstep every weekend! If that isn’t good enough, they also donate a healthy meal to someone in need for each delivery!

Food Cowboy 

One of the difficulties that many charities face with finding food donations involves the logistics of getting the food. Food Cowboy has created an app to help truckers and other donors search for surplus food from wholesalers and restaurants by location, operating hours and more, and also takes care of handle scheduling and communications, to ensure this surplus food gets eaten and avoids the waste bin.

Thanks for tuning in for Part 2! If you’d like more information about how we at Froodly are fighting food waste, please head over to our site at http://www.froodly.com

Drones fighting Food Waste
With the rise in popularity of drones, SenSat has aimed to use them to help farmers avoid crop loss.

10 Innovative Ideas That Are Reducing Food Waste (Part 1)

We at Froodly are working to reduce food waste at the retail level, but the problem of food waste is one that can be seen at all of the levels of the food chain, right from production down to the consumer. We’ve compiled a list of 10 innovative ideas put forward by organisations to help reduce food waste around the world, and have split them into two parts. Here are the first 5 innovative ideas that we loved:

Redistribution of surplus foods

The best case scenario is that food is never wasted along the food chain, however this is probably an unrealistic scenario, and that’s where innovative companies like SecondBite in Australia come in to redistribute this surplus food that would’ve otherwise been wasted to consumers in need. Food that goes to landfills is a complete waste of resources like water and land, but it’s also food that could be used to help feed those in need. SecondBite has redistributed 16,7 million kgs of food from all parts of the food chain that would’ve otherwise been throw out to community food programs in Australia.

Storage tips for foods 

A problem that occurs for many consumers is that we may not know the optimal way to store our food at home, which can make our food go bad much quicker. Having the right information about how to store products can extend the life of our food at home by large amounts. A great example of an initiative taken to get this information to consumers can be seen from the Co-operative Group in the UK, who prints storage tips to have the best shelf-life possible right on the plastic produce bags of fruits and vegetables.

Picking food that wasn’t harvested

The Society of Saint Andrew in the US is taking the approach of picking produce on farms around the country that would’ve otherwise gone unharvested and deliver it to food banks and other organizations. In the first 6 months of 2015, they were able to save and distribute 34 million servings of food that would’ve been wasted without their help.

Love Food Hate Waste’s Smoothie Truck

Why not turn food that would’ve been wasted into tasty drinks that everyone can enjoy? That’s the mindset behind Love Food Hate Waste’s smoothie truck that turns fruits that were being thrown out into delicious smoothies. Not only do they taste great, but they are all free!

Turning food waste into biogas for buses

A new plant in Norway has begun converting household food waste into biomethane, which will be used as a renewable biogas for 135 Oslo region buses, reducing 10,000 tons of CO2 each year as a result. This seems to be the future of transportation (along with electric cars of course!), as we will also cover the use of this biogas in airplanes during part 2!

We hope you enjoyed this list and were inspired by some of these initiatives! Join us this weekend for part 2 of our 10 favorite innovative ideas that are reducing food waste. 🙂

Best Regards,

The Froodly Team

Food Waste ideas
Love Food Hate Waste turned food that would’ve been wasted into delicious fruit smoothies, all for free!

Thank you for your help on Ravintolapäivä!

We’re writing this blog post to thank everyone who helped us during Ravintolapäivä and we wish that everyone had a fun and successful day on Sunday! We’re happy to announce that we were able to rescue 200kgs of food that would’ve otherwise been wasted by supermarkets!

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our partner supermarkets and of course, you the cooks! We were able to swing by a few of the restaurants that we helped supply food for, and the recipes were quite tasty! A special thanks to the 7 supermarkets who provided the food for us:

K-Market Jätkäsaari

K-Market Kamppi

K-Market Erottaja

K-Market Albertin Herkku

K-Market Robert

K-Extra Herkkulautta

K-Supermarket Kaisaniemi

We’re also excited to announce that we will be launching the beta version of our Froodly mobile app on September 1st, and are looking for users who would like to help us with the testing of it. To be an early user and get a private invitation for the release of the app, please check out our website at www.froodly.com and leave us your email.

Thanks again and we hope everyone had a great Ravintolapäivä 🙂

Froodly Reduces Food Waste
Froodly helped rescue 200kgs of food from supermarkets on Ravintolapäivä

Froodly is giving cooks free food for Ravintolapäivä!

Welcome fellow Ravintolapäivä attendees!

We at Froodly are putting together a campaign to try and help reduce supermarket food waste here in Helsinki, and are willing to supply food for cooks for free! Our goal for Ravintolapäivä (on 16.8.15) is to help create restaurants for the day that make great food, but also reduce food waste. We are getting food from supermarkets in Helsinki that would have otherwise been thrown away the day after and are hoping to cook with it, so it will be good food, and it will also be reducing food waste as a result. We’re looking for partners for the Ravintolapäivä to help us cook the food that we supply for the event, free of charge.

By creating a restaurant in this way, we can supply great food for people, measure how much food we save during the event, campaign to increase the awareness about food waste and help show that Ravintolapäivä helped save this supermarket food waste.

The project is volunteer-based, with us students collecting the food. The food we provide the partner will be free of charge, so if someone may be looking to set up a restaurant for the day but unsure of what to cook or where to get the food, we can help them by having that side of their restaurant covered for the event.

If you are interested please contact me at brennan@froodly.com or +358 41 7036913, and we can discuss where and when we should deliver the food! For more information, visit http://www.froodly.com or like us on Facebook.

Ravintolapäivä Food Waste Campaign
Froodly is looking for cooks to partner with for Ravintolapäivä on 16.8, and is giving them free food!

How Denmark Has Become The Global Leader In The Fight Against Food Waste

We at Froodly are looking to help change the way we think about Food Waste, so we can’t help but sit back and admire how Denmark has changed its course and reduced food waste by 25% over the past five years. The important lesson that can be seen in Denmark’s case is that the consumers have a huge amount of power, and the ability to tackle the problem of food waste lies in the hands of everyday shoppers like you and I. Although the Danish government has set targets to reduce food waste and has put it on the political agenda, it’s been the ability of organizations like Stop Spild Af Mad (Stop Wasting Food), a consumer food waste movement started by Selina Juul, to educate consumers about how much food they’re wasting, and how they can reduce that number that’s been the push that the Danish consumers needed to take a stand against food waste.

Buying Expiring and Discounted Products

In an initiative to solve the problem of supermarket food waste, Denmark now has the highest proportion of supermarket chains focusing on food waste in the EU, and has seen a change in the way that consumers are treating near-expiring food as a result. The Local DK, a Danish news station, reported that there has been a trend of increasing demand for food products nearing their expiry date that are sold at a discount, and that these products have been “flying off the shelves” at the largest supermarkets in the country. Part of this change may be attributed to the fact that many consumers are realizing that almost all food products are good for a certain period after the labelled dates on foods, like the ‘best by’ or ‘sell by’ dates. For example, a chunk of cheddar cheese may be just fine to eat for 1-2 months after the printed date on the package, despite what many consumers think about the dates. For individual product information on how long foods are good to eat after their expiration date, check out Eat By Date.

Consumer Education

Without the proper knowledge of how bad the food waste problem is, many consumers aren’t aware enough to take actions to minimize their waste. There have been great steps recently that have raised the awareness of the problem, from John Oliver’s funny yet sad talk on Food Waste, to the various petitions like Tristram Stuart’s campaign to end food waste on Avaaz, which has over a million signatures and is still growing. In Denmark, the work that organizations like Selina Juul’s Stop Spild Af Mad have gotten the message through to consumers all over the country (and of course internationally) through various campaigns, and has been a driving force behind their reduction in food waste. After all, consumers can’t take action if they haven’t identified the problem, and it will take a continued cooperative effort between parties from the government right down to the consumer to get the word out to consumers around the world about how they can help solve the problem.

It’s been great to see how the Danes have taken the lead in the fight against food waste, but it now lies in the hands of others in countries around the world to keep the momentum going against food waste. It’s the consumers who will need to take a stand and work together to stop the problem if we want to be successful in stopping the problem internationally.

Food Waste dump
Denmark has reduced their food waste by 25% in the past 5 years