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45 Anti-Food Waste Initiatives

From Community-Supporting Fridges to Food Waste Fruit Juices

— August 16, 2016 — Eco
As consumers become increasingly concerned about environmental issues, there has been a significant rise in anti-food waste initiatives. With ideas ranging from community fridges storing restaurant leftovers to juices made from leftover fruit, these projects demonstrate some of the creative ways consumers can reduce the amount of food thrown out each year.

Some of the most common anti-food waste initiatives are those that seek to redistribute excess food. This can mean everything from donating the leftovers from restaurants and coffee shops, to smaller-scale initiatives that allow consumers to share their excess food with others in the community. There are even projects that aim to help farmers sell their excess produce directly to consumers instead of throwing it away.

On the other hand, there are a number of companies that are helping reduce food waste by turning these scraps into brand-new products. For instance, the UK-based food retailer Pod is selling a line of fruit juices made from ugly produce that would otherwise be tossed. Taking a slightly different approach, the grocery chain Waitrose is turning leftover peas and pulses into a form of packaging for its gluten-free pasta.
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Charitable Coffeehouse Initiatives
Charitable Coffeehouse Initiatives
Starbucks' Food Donation Program Converts Waste to Nourishment
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Urban Food Rescue Initiatives
Urban Food Rescue Initiatives
This Organization is Using Restaurant Food Leftovers to Fight Hunger
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Charitable Olympic Donations
Charitable Olympic Donations
Chefs in the Olympic Village Are Donating Food to the Underprivileged
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Automated Food Donation Platforms
Automated Food Donation Platforms
This Software Connects Donors with Non-Profits That Need Food
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Fine-Reducing Food Donations
Fine-Reducing Food Donations
'Food for Fines' Accepts Canned Food in Place of Parking Fine Money
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Garbage-Based Beers
Garbage-Based Beers
In This New Brewing Show, Sam Calagione Makes Beer Out of Food Waste
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Charitable Airplane Meal Donations
Charitable Airplane Meal Donations
OzHarvest Brisbane Collects Untouched Food For Those in Need
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Community-Supporting Fridges
Community-Supporting Fridges
This Restaurant Owner is Donating Uneaten Food to the Hungry
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Discounted Food Apps
Discounted Food Apps
This App Helps Customers Prevent Food Waste While Saving Money
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Waste-Free Diner Concepts
Waste-Free Diner Concepts
This Pop-Up Restaurnt Makes Gourmet Dishes Out of Stale Bread
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Bread-Based Beers
Bread-Based Beers
An East London Brewery Turns Leftover Bread into Beer Called 'Toast Ale'
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Plate-Clearing Campaigns
Plate-Clearing Campaigns
The 'Happy Plate' Campaign by Electrolux Discourages Food Waste
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Coffee Shop Food Donations
Coffee Shop Food Donations
The Starbucks FoodShare Program Donates Fresh Meals to Food Banks
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Food Rescue Apps
Food Rescue Apps
On-Demand App Transfernation Picks Up Leftover Food to Donate to the Needy
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Surplus Produce Apps
Surplus Produce Apps
'Farmsquare' Connects Consumers with Growers Who Have Extra Stock
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Leftover Food-Collection Apps
Leftover Food-Collection Apps
This App Focuses On Food Waste Prevention in Philadelphia
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Waste-Based Menus
Waste-Based Menus
This Unusual Lunch Raised Awareness About the Issue of Food Waste
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Donation Cafe Campaigns
Donation Cafe Campaigns
Starbucks' FoodShare Program Will Offer Uneaten Food to Consumers in Need
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Hotel Gardening Initiatives
Hotel Gardening Initiatives
'AccorHotels' is Growing Its Own Produce in Order to Reduce Food Waste
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Convenient Composting Services
Convenient Composting Services
Compost Nashville Picks Up Residential and Commercial Compost
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Ugly Produce Campaigns
Ugly Produce Campaigns
The Ugly Fruit & Veg Social Campaign Discourages Food Waste in America
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Repurposed Fruit Drinks
Repurposed Fruit Drinks
'Rescued Fruit' Beverages are Made from Produce That Would to Go Waste
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Food Waste Programs
Food Waste Programs
South Korea's Pay as You Trash Help Create a More Responsible System
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Waste-Reducing Grocery Programs
Waste-Reducing Grocery Programs
Marks & Spencer's New Program Aims to Prevent Food Waste
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Waste-Repurposing Greenhouses
Waste-Repurposing Greenhouses
The HomeBioGas Biogas Converter Turns Waste into Cooking Gas
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Local Food Donation Apps
Local Food Donation Apps
The 'Olio' App Helps Independent Grocers Share Surplus Food Products
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Food-Rescuing Apps
Food-Rescuing Apps
'Ubifood' Connects Retailers and Consumers to Stop Food Waste
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Community Food Deliveries
Community Food Deliveries
These Volunteers Deliver Prepared Meals to Hungry Residents
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Food Waste-Themed Festivals
Food Waste-Themed Festivals
The 'Feeding the 5000' Festival Featured Dishes Made from Food Waste
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Repurposed Coffee Soaps
Repurposed Coffee Soaps
The Grounded Soap Bar is Created Using Upcycled Coffee Ground Waste
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Upcycled Food Waste Menus
Upcycled Food Waste Menus
The 'InStock' Resaturant Creates Delicious Meals from Food Waste
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Food Waste Fruit Juices
Food Waste Fruit Juices
'Pod' Created a New Juice Range Made from Wonky Fruits and Vegetables
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Ugly Produce Delivery Services
Ugly Produce Delivery Services
The Wonky Vegetables Delivery Service Reroutes Unsightly Produce
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Repurposed Fruit Yogurts
Repurposed Fruit Yogurts
Left-Yeovers' Fruit Yogurt is Made with Produce to Reduce Food Waste
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Food Waste Energy Converters
Food Waste Energy Converters
The Horse Project is a Machine That Converts Food into Renewable Fuel
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Food Redistribution Initiatives
Food Redistribution Initiatives
Moisson Montreal's Food Recovery Program Reallocates Usable Goods
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Ugly Fruit Smoothies
Ugly Fruit Smoothies
The Economists's 'From Bin to Blender' Campaign Shares Blended Smoothies
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Food Waste Pasta Packaging
Food Waste Pasta Packaging
These Pasta Boxes are Made from Salvaged Food Waste
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Waste-Reducing Supermarkets
Waste-Reducing Supermarkets
This Danish Supermarket Only Sells Expired Food
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Food Waste Fertilizers
Food Waste Fertilizers
This Startup is Turning Food Waste into an Odorless Fertilizer
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Local Food Waste Eateries
Local Food Waste Eateries
Tiny Leaf London Makes Its Dishes from Local Leftovers in Notting Hill
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Zero Waste Cafes
Zero Waste Cafes
'Silo' is a Brighton Cafe That Uses Package-Free Produce and Beans
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Low-Cost Boutique Grocers
Low-Cost Boutique Grocers
Daily Table Offers Healthy and Premium Food Items at Low Prices
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Elegant Food Rescue Eateries
Elegant Food Rescue Eateries
Instock Restaurant Prepares Meals with Grocery Store Leftovers
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Sustainable Urban Eateries
Sustainable Urban Eateries
This Restaurant Champions Progressive Farming and Eco-Friendly Dining
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