Netherlands Start Up Turns Food Waste into Vegetable Leather
As you know I am a volunteer at my local Food Bank in Orangeville. It has been an absolute pleasure to not only manage the social media for the food bank, but also to volunteer as a client intake worker on Tuesdays. I have grown a lot in the past 5 years in this role. It has humbled me, and angered me at the same time. To see so many in my own community struggling with poverty, hunger, and homelessness is heartbreaking. And I know this is just a small part of a growing world wide problem. I am also concerned about food waste. One evening when I stopped into my local Tim Horton’s to buy a tea I was absolutely mortified to see a young worker dumping a whole tray of beautiful bagels into the GARBAGE! I asked her why she wasn’t saving those for the Food Bank (they can freeze them and we can use them later). And she didn’t know. If you have worked in food service you have probably come across similar scenarios of food waste.
FOOD WASTE STATISTICS
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.
FOOD WASTE SOLUTIONS
I came across this inspiring article about a start up company out of the Netherlands that is tackling the Food Waste problem one rotten mango at a time! These young men from Rotterdam create durable leather from fruit!
You can visit their Facebook Page for updates such as a new product that is soon to be launched a Fruitleather Key Organizer.
Its inspiring stories like this that look to solutions for food waste that I think we should all be aware of and supporting these innovators.
Comment below or reach out to me on social media to share any other food waste solutions you have heard about!