How big is the food waste problem ?

Food waste is a global problem.Over 30% of food produced (worth 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted globally every year. One of the United Nation's sustainable development goals (12.3) is to halve the per capita global food waste by 2030

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How big is the problem in the UK?

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How we plan to solve it?

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Oddbox is committed to operating in the most socially and environmentally responsible way, and will re-invest a majority of its profits to further the mission to tackle food waste. 

Our goal is to tackle 5% of the pre-farm gate fruit and vegetable waste by 2022 (500,000 tonnes)in the UK and the EU (produce lost or wasted before it leaves the farm) with innovative solutions.


How we operate?

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Where do we source our produce ?

We currently work with and pay a fair price to 25 (and counting) suppliers across the UK.

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How do we help fight food poverty?

We work with the following charities who collect approximately 10% of our produce and redistribute it to people who need it most.

 

 

City Harvest

City Harvest collect our surplus produce and use it to feed those going hungry on the streets of London. We're proud to be working with them and contributing to such a fantastic cause. 

 

Brixton Community Fridge

Oddbox donates its surplus to the fabulous People's Fridge in Brixton which is the perfect platform for the local community to combat the twin challenges of food waste and food poverty.

 

At Oddbox, we believe that just like people, fruits and vegetables should come in all shapes, sizes and colours !

How do we calculate impact

We’re constantly learning about the environmental impact food waste has on our planet, and how the different stages of the food lifecycle contribute to that. Here are the sources we currently use to calculate the impact of our boxes.

Water

The Guardian tells us that 1 kg potatoes take 287 litres of water, 1kg of cabbage 237 litres and 1 kg of tomatoes 214 litres to grow. We've used the average of the three - 246 litres of water per kilo of veg. For fruit, it’s 822 litres of a kg of apples and 790 litres for a kg of bananas.

CO2

We know from Green Eatz that a kilogram of veg has a carbon footprint of 2kg and fruit of 1.1kg of CO2e (CO2 equivalent).

While our calculations are estimates, we always work towards using the most accurate sources and being as transparent as possible. If you have any comments or know of any sources that could be useful for us - please just give us a shout at [email protected]