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Your Weekly Food Waste Digest

Last Week in Food Waste:

  1. On Wednesday, September 20th, at The Rockefeller Foundation, companies a part of the  Champions 12.3 initiative will announce new corporate commitments and efforts to reduce food waste. This cohort of companies is working to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. 

  2. Food waste has a detrimental impact on wildlife too. That’s why the World Wildlife Fund has spent time working with The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The Rockefeller Foundation and dozens of hotels across the country to start food waste pilot projects. In November they will be releasing a toolkit on food waste reduction for other brands in the hospitality sector.

  3. Feedback has done it again -- hosting the largest ever disco soup in the UK. You can't ever have too much soup, right?

  4. Mushrooms from discarded coffee grounds,  plates made from recycled bags --restaurants and bars use innovative recipes and products to achieve zero waste.

  5. NYC is hosting a restaurant week with a food rescue twist -- aka the Restaurant Rescue Week which will be held from October 9th to October 16th featuring restaurants that donate surplus food to community partners.

  6. And lastly, congrats to Ikea for saving 350,000 meals in the last eight months. Find out how here.

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Last Week in Food Waste:

  1. Our favorite story from the week: how orange juice can directly benefit national parks.

  2. The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign goes to elementary school -- and the kids love it!

  3. Check out these food waste tips from Hong Kong.

  4. If you are in the UK, head to Starbucks during the last hour of the day to receive 50% off select items. This effort is part of their initiative to reduce food waste and fight hunger.

  5. Struggling to not waste the leftovers that pile up in your fridge by the end of the week? One of these hash recipes might be your solution -- a short history of Hash included.

  6. Bokashi aka the Japanese compost method.

  7. Need more charts in your life? Check out these charts and stats breaking down food waste and food waste awareness in the U.S.

  8. According to this research conducted by Grundig (a European manufacturer of home electronics), consumers want to live more sustainably and waste less food -- but most aren’t sure how and lack the time to do so.

  9. New Yorkers -- dine at these five restaurants that are taking an innovative approach to food waste.

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Summer Food Waste Hits:

  1. Check out this sector-by-sector food waste fighting overview, featuring Food Recovery Network.
  2. Would you eat a year old sandwich? This Mental Floss video explores how to make a sandwich last an entire year.

  3. If you’re like us, you haven’t heard enough about Toast Ale -- a company that brews its beer with unsold and otherwise discarded bread.

  4. And if beer isn’t enough, Misadventure & Co. startup makes vodka out of discarded bread.

  5. NYC hosted a Food Waste Fair on July 25th.

  6. Find out how this new Denver-based BICYCLE-powered start up, Scraps, tackles composting.

  7. Can’t completely eliminate food scraps? Here’s a list of 101 Ways to Use Food Waste.

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Last week in food waste:

  1. What would ice cream flavored with “food waste” taste like? In Portland, Oregon, Salt & Straw has come out with flavors like “Roxie Road”, made up of leftover movie theater popcorn, and  “Top of the Beet”, made with rescued sweet beet greens. Instagram photos included.

  2. In NYC, Starbucks, Feeding America and City Harvest have partnered together to take food recovery to the next level. It is estimated that through Starbucks Foodshare 197,000 pounds of food will be provided to NYC annually -- and that’s just the beginning.

  3. Know any farmers in Virginia? If the answer is yes -- they’ll want to know that if they donate crops to food banks they can save up to 30% in tax credit for their donation.

  4. Now on Amazon’s Alexa -- you can download the Save the Food skill and Alexa will tell you how to properly store food! Thanks Alexa.

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  1. The business case for food recovery: how reducing food waste can help companies ensure consumer loyalty.

  2. What if your food came packaged in….get this, other food. Find out how researchers and innovators are using mushrooms, kelp, milk and tomato peels.

  3. Check out How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas -- and you’ll be rewarded with fun moving infographics outlining their process.

  4. What’s peach, sour, ugly & stoned? The new Rescue Beer brew from Atlas Brew Works and MOM’s Organic Market sounds refreshingly delicious.

  5. ICYMI: John’s Hopkins report on wasted nutrients summarized in this video.

  6. What’s a blog post about food waste without creative recipes? Featuring German Panzanella, Italian Cauliflower AND a homemade orange cleaner.

international corner: 

  1. In the UK: Tesco is using new, thicker resealable bags to package salads, which are commonly wasted.

  2. In China: Black soldier fly maggots are  being used to process food waste.

  3. In Tokyo:  Tackling food waste is a priority for the 2020 olympics.

  4. In Dubai: these hotels are tackling food waste.